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How to Celebrate National Cleaning Week
March 23, 2022
National Cleaning Week for 2022 is March 27th through April 2nd. If you’re unfamiliar with the celebration, it begins the 4th Sunday of March every year, promotes the importance of cleaning for public health, and recognizes the contributions of professional cleaners and cleaning services.
National Cleaning Week promoted the health benefits of cleanliness long before the pandemic. However, the surge of COVID in 2020 and 2021 brought the importance of it home. A clean space lowers the spread of bacteria, viruses, and more.
“Not staying tidy in areas with carpeting, upholstery, bedding, or naturally damp areas, such as basements and garages, can worsen allergies and asthma.
Dust mites, pet dander, and mold lurk in physical possessions, which can trigger allergic reactions, decrease air quality and increase potential asthma problems, says Dr. Uma Gavani, an allergy and asthma specialist on staff at Christ Medical Center.” — Health News — Health benefits of a clean home
Clean and Uncluttered Spaces Reduce Stress
Study upon study has shown that a clean and uncluttered space reduces stress. “The brain likes organization. It doesn’t necessarily have to be minimalistic, but it really likes organization. It reduces stress in our life. Too much clutter may increase stress and your risk of depression.” Dr. Sawchuk – Mayo Clinic Minute: Mental health benefits of tidying up
How to Celebrate National Cleaning Week
Whether it’s home, work, or school, we all know that a clean space is healthier, less stressful, and more productive. Yet, most of us experience times when we don’t get the job done. So, why is that? It might be because we’re all so busy there doesn’t seem like there’s time to clean and declutter. If that’s the case, here are five ways to celebrate National Cleaning Week.
1. Make a Commitment
Add cleaning to your to-do list. But don’t stop there; be specific and add time limits. To say you’re going to “clean the house today” may be setting yourself up for failure. Pick a room to clean or an action such as organizing a closet or mopping the floors. Do this every day of National Cleaning Week, and you’ll make an impact.
2. Find the Time
I know you’re busy, we all are, but how much time could you find to clean, 30 minutes or an hour a day for the week? What could you replace? Could you find some time by cutting back on activities such as surfing TV, social media, or jumping down rabbit holes?
3. Have Fun
A couple of weekends ago, while my wife was out of town, I moved our offices. My space met her needs better and vice versa. It was her idea, but we never “got around” to it. When I emptied the rooms, I also deep cleaned them. I cranked up the volume on a classic rock playlist to make it fun. I danced to the Rolling Stones as I swept, cleaned windows in time to Joan Jet, and polished furniture as I hummed along with Aerosmith. It was fun.
4. Involve Others
Make National Cleaning Week a team event. Get your kids involved at home, enlist co-workers at the office, and if you teach, like my two daughters, teach your students the importance of a clean place of learning. While you’re at, it refer to number 3, and have fun by making it a game, contest, or challenge. You could even have prizes!
5. Thank a Professional Cleaner
If you have a professional cleaning service at your home or place of work, take the time to thank them for all they do. I know I’ve taken these outstanding service people for granted too often. Thank them for improving your life. Professional cleaners make our spaces cleaner, less stressful, and happier places to be, so shouldn’t we tell them what their services mean to us?
Bar Keepers Friend wants to thank all the professional cleaners who use our products and advocate for BKF. We thank you for all you do every day of the year!
About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook a crash course in effective management.
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