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The importance of being surrounded by cleanliness

Hygiene and cleanliness have become common vocabularies all across the nation especially after the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission on 2 October, 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the construction of individual, cluster and community toilets as well as other initiatives are merely the first few steps in our journey towards a clean India.

Cleanliness is yet to become a way of life in most parts of India – whether rural or urban. And, the right place to start our cleanliness drive is in our homes.

In this post, I want to talk about why cleanliness and hygiene factors are critical in the lives of every individual. Here are some of the most important reasons why a clean home will change your life for the better.

1.The feel-good factor.
It is indisputable that we feel good in our minds and hearts when we live surrounded by a clean environment. A cluttered, unkempt place is not conducive to feeling good about life or about ourselves. This in turn has a bearing on the decisions we make and the actions we take. A clean home sets the right ambiance and mood to launch us into our tomorrows.

2. You exude an empowering image and culture.
A person who is clean and well groomed has a good image. Similarly, a home which is impeccably clean is a welcoming place, frequently visited and appreciated by many. People tend to feel discomfort in badly maintained, dirty homes. Further, a clean home contributes to the blossoming of an empowering culture within the home. And, people are defined by the culture they bloom in.

3. Allow children to bloom in a healthy environment.
Children are our future. They tend to become what they live with, encounter and experience. It is our responsibility to provide them with an empowering environment to bloom in and become the best they can be. Do not fetter their future with an unhealthy, unclean and disorderly home.

4. We achieve more in life.
Our physical environment has a bearing on the landscape within each of us. A cluttered, dirty house makes it difficult for us to focus on important things. We are forever distracted by the disorder around us and our minds tend to waver from wanting to bring order through cleaning, while also having to focus on the work at hand.

5. Health and well-being of the entire family.
A clean home leads to the health and well-being of your entire family. A dirty house is a happy breeding ground of germs which can cause the spread of various illnesses. A clean home paves way for healthy inhabitants under its roof. And, as even a child knows, health is indeed wealth.

6. You save a lot of time looking for things.
It is said, there is a time and place for everything. The benefit is substantial when you live in a clean, orderly home. When everything has its own place you find what you are looking for in a jiffy. Contrast this with someone who wastes a lot of time searching for things amidst the clutter and piles of things lying all over the house!

7. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
For Gandhi, the Father of our nation, “only when there is both inner and outer cleanliness, it becomes next to godliness.” Our personal and external hygiene to a great extent determine the level of our inner state, spirituality and alignment with god within.

8. Cleanliness allows beauty to emerge.
There is beauty everywhere. Unfortunately, it is very often hidden under dirt, soot and dust. By removing these by cleaning, we allow the beauty of places to emerge. What a wonderful experience it is to live surrounded by cleanliness, beauty and godliness! This leads to several self-discoveries and living our lives to the fullest potential.

You can rely on us to create orderly, inspiring & beautiful places through our housekeeping services. At Service Square, our Mission is:
“To see the smile on the faces of our customers in flat associations, homes & office complexes, as we transform their living spaces into orderly, inspiring & beautiful places.”

Contributed by Babu Vincent