Can Cleaning Your House Change Your Mood?

Can Cleaning Your House Change Your Mood?

Abby Stone
Sep 26, 2008

atla-092608-mood.jpgWe know how we feel when our house is dirty and there's tons of laundry to do and a pile of dishes in the sink. Bummed. Depressed even. But a clean house that smells fresh? Somehow our mood changes. But what about the process? Does that have as much effect as the end result?...

When we jump into our chores, running through them instead of dawdling, suddenly we find that our mood picks up. Is it the sense of accomplishment? The burst of energy? The enjoyment of having our house back the way we like it? We don't know. But it's true that after cleaning, energized, we often pick up the phone, invite friends over and maybe even bake a little something. So, tonight, after a crazy week, even with a thousand excuses not to, we'll dive into our chores and channel that burst of energy into our weekend hike tomorrow. TGIF!

[Victoria and Hans' Indoor/Outdoor California Bungalow]

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