The Benefits of Spring Cleaning
We’ve officially entered those weird spring-ish months. While we won’t see any blooming for a while, the heaviness of winter starts to lift, and things have a feeling of newness to them. Newness covered in a lot of grime, that is. Which is why we need to start thinking about spring cleaning. But, before you start feeling overwhelmed at the prospect, keep in mind that cleaning has many more benefits than just a tidy home.
It reduces stress and anxiety
There are several reasons for this. First, 20 minutes of vigorous cleaning, like any exercise, can reduce stress by up to 20%. Second, the act of decluttering a space reduces stress and anxiety. Just as stuff takes up space in your home, it also takes up room in your mind. A clearer, more organized space allows you to focus better and feel more in control. And, third, if you use cleaning products with a calming scent – like lavender, or citrus – you can get aromatherapy benefits during the process.
It helps you sleep better
Clean sheets and a tidy bedroom will help you get a better night’s sleep, according to a Sleep Foundation Survey. And that makes sense – who doesn’t like sleeping on fresh sheets? But, even more, it’s easier to sleep when you don’t see reminders of all the things you have to do tomorrow surrounding you! A tidy room allows you to relax and feel supported by your environment, instead of exhausted by it.
It helps you breathe better
If you suffer from seasonal allergies or environmental allergies, spring cleaning is essential. Getting rid of dust, dander and mildew will allow you to breathe better and help give your immune system a boost. Of course, you want to regularly clean your space, especially carpets, but a spring cleaning will help you manage indoor pollution and breathe easier.
It surrounds you with good energy
If you subscribe to the Marie Kondo “does it spark joy?” model of spring cleaning, the benefit is that you will not only have less things to organize, but the things you have will make you happy. Getting rid of broken furniture, stained rugs, and items that bring back bad memories will make your space seem brighter and lighter.
It gets rid of daily annoyances
Spring cleaning isn’t just about dusting and vacuuming. It’s also an opportunity to – little by little – complete projects that weigh on your mind. That button that needs to be sewn on, or that squeaky door that needs to be oiled. Once you have cleared these annoyances from your surroundings, it will be much easier to focus on the joy in your life, instead of leaving the house already frustrated.