One way to fight stress and anxiety while getting in some exercise, experts say, is the act of cleaning.


Most people feel better just by having their home sparkling clean rather than when it looks like some pigpen. They probably don’t need anyone explaining why that is the case but they just do.

It is generally agreed upon that cleanliness and personal hygiene could translate to lower stress levels and tame one’s anxiety because of the sense of self-mastery and control that accompanies it.

“Life is full of situations that are out of our hands. Yet, we can assert our will on our living space,” says Darby Saxbe, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.


And with personal and home hygiene gaining increased importance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the following YouTube channels are jam-packed with inspiration for getting your house in order room by room.

Simply Nicki

A messy pantry happens to the best of us unless we happen to have a healthy dose of OCD.


Nikki Thot, a recently divorced Australian mother of two, shares how she’s using her time at home to clean up her pantry and make it look like something out of the pages of a magazine.

Jansen’s DIY

Bathrooms and small spaces, in general, can very quickly get very out of hand. The folks over at Jansen’s DIY compiled a list of 20 ways to organise and create storage space in small bathrooms.


Jessica Tull

Perhaps you’ve been tossing old newspapers, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, old tools, and useless toys in your garage for years. If you want to stop the cycle, Jessica Tull shared her knowledge of how she transformed her complete disaster of a garage into an orderly sanctuary.


Belinda Selene

If you feel inspired enough to take on an extreme home clean, clean along to Belinda Selene who has decided to use her social distancing time to give herself a kickstart in productivity and take her mind off things.

Clean MySpace


A cluttered bedroom could affect your quality of life without you realising it. Waking up to a tidy bedroom can increase your productivity, improve your mood, and even help you sleep better.

Melissa from Clean My Space not only shows you how to clean your room but also how to do it like a cleaning professional.

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