Your Moment of Zen: Clean & Organized

Are you clean and organized at home? If not, it might be worth a few hours of your time to put the onus on whipping your house into shape. Recent studies reveal that a house’s state of cleanliness and organization can greatly impact a woman’s stress level.

If you’re like me, you can see the dirt while it’s accumulating, spot the crumbs on the floor, and feel the angst when disorder persists. This disarray adds to the stress I experience with a full professional workload during the day. On the other hand, my husband lives in dirt and disorder oblivion. He’s tidy, mind you, but he thinks my cleanliness borders on the obsessive. Now, this new research-backed information gives me the ammunition I need to call in the cleaning cavalry when it’s needed—it’s a matter of mental health, for goodness sake.

A survey conducted by Maid Brigade, the leading maid service company, revealed that more than 78 percent of women feel they work a “second shift” when it comes to their daily life responsibilities. It’s no wonder—working women who have additional responsibilities such as children and home care (i.e. cleaning, organization, cooking) have stress on many levels. According to the American Psychological Association, almost half of all women (49 percent) surveyed say their stress levels have increased over the past five years.

But times have changed. In 1960, just 11 percent of women were “breadwinner moms”—those that are the sole or primary financial provider in their household. But in 2013, “breadwinner moms” were the sole or primary provider in 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 in the United States, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

Keen to learn more about this subject—or have an opinion on the matter? Please leave us a comment or fill out Maid Brigade’s new 2014 survey, which runs through February 27th and explores how a clean, organized home affects a woman’s well-being.
Erinn Morgan


After a 10-year career as an award-winning New York City-based editor launching and redesigning urban, style-driven magazines, Erinn Morgan left downtown Manhattan after September 11th, 2001, in search of a less encumbered, freelance lifestyle. A two-year-long trek around the country eventually landed her in Durango, Colo., which she now calls home.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Bike, Skiing, Delicious Living, American Cowboy, and on

Erinn is also the author of the eco-focused book, Picture Yourself Going Green, Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less.

She was previously the editor-in-chief of 20/20 magazine, a special projects editor at Playboy (overseeing the launch of a new, custom magazine), and the founding editor/editor-in-chief of SoHo Style, a much-lauded, avant-garde magazine that covered the culture and style of downtown New York and its reach around the world.

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