Valentine’s Day may be over this year, but those with partners know that gift-gifting continues well after the holiday. If you’re in a relationship with someone, statistically speaking you’ve probably either given or received a bouquet of flowers as a gift. Whether for Valentine’s Day or just to let them know they’re on your mind, it’s a nice gesture. Who can argue that flowers aren’t pretty? But as you collect the fallen petals from the floor and watch the stems slowly wither, you’re surely thinking that there must be a better gift to give to show your love.

That’s why you should give the gift of cleanliness. Now, we know what you’re thinking. That’s not very romantic. But hear us out. Giving your partner the gift of cleaning doesn’t just satisfy the senses, like a bouquet of red roses would. It gives you a happier, healthier home. You and your partner will function better because you’re living situation is improving your overall wellbeing.

If the idea of living an improved life sounds appealing to you, read on to find out why a clean home is your actual Valentine.

It’s unexpected.

No one will admit it, but most people like the idea of being surprised with a gift. Here’s the thing about giving the gift of cleaning: it’s totally unexpected. Bringing flowers home? Or a piece of jewelry? Boring. Go for an original gift by giving a clean home.

Cleaning makes your mood better.

Did you know that a clean space can improve your mood? You may have heard the expression, “Clean home, clean mind.” The idea is that dusting the tables every day can also get rid of the cobwebs in your mind by reducing anxiety and stress. It’s not just an aesthetic pleasure. It’s a mental salve.

It shows you really care.

Gifts are intended to show you care about a person. The more effort and time you put into it, the more meaningful it is. The special aspect of a gift of cleaning is the time and effort it takes for the gift to be completed. When you buy a bouquet of roses from the grocery store up the street, the message you’re communicating is not nearly as compelling.

It makes cleaning easier in the future.

The worst part of cleaning and organizing is when you have to create a new cleanliness system from scratch. But, by doing an initial cleaning, you make each subsequent cleaning demonstrably easier.

It’s a gift for you, too.

The other special part of a gift of cleaning is that it isn’t just a gift for your partner. It’s a gift for you, too. Your partner might experience improved mental health benefits, but guess what? So do you! There’s nothing wrong with being a little selfish when everybody wins.

Hopefully we’ve convinced you to drop the flowers and grab a broom for your sweetheart. Better yet, place a request for Splendid Maids services so they can do the tough work for you. Happy cleaning!