Spring is a time for growth and renewal. Plants revive and flowers bloom, the weather gets warmer. This is the perfect time to hit the reset button and organize your home! This simple yearly routine can benefit you in more ways than you might expect.
The Benefits of Spring Cleaning
Cleaning supports a healthy and strong immune system as well as heart health. For example, irritants such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, etc., can really build up over time. These can cause those with allergies to suffer. However, by wiping down your counters, sweeping, moping, and really get into those crevices that haven’t been cleaned since you moved in will be really beneficial here.
Spring Cleaning can also be an alternative way to get active. Activities such as dusting, washing, folding are all great ways to add movement into your day while knocking off tasks on your to-do list. Even chores such as vacuuming or mopping can reduce your risk of heart disease and help keep your heart healthy.
Put Order into Your Home
You can even reduce stress by putting in more order into your home. Having things out of place or disorganized can cause a lot of stress for some people. It can be frustrating to be looking for something you know you have but you just can’t seem to find it. Also, getting rid of unnecessary items and organizing your belongings can reduce stress. It can also produce the feeling of confidence and self-efficiency. Using cleaning products with calming essential oils such as lavender can also have a relaxing effect as well as promote mindfulness.
Improve Your Sleep & Productivity
Another benefit of spring cleaning can be better sleep and increased productivity. On average, people with cleaner rooms get better sleep. This includes changing and washing your sheets, blankets, pillow cases, etc. On the opposite end of the spectrum, having a cleaner home environment can also boost your productivity! When you are no longer surrounded by piles of papers, dirty dishes and last week’s laundry it allows your brain to free up some mental space to really be able to direct your full attention to the task at hand, whatever that may be.
They say freeing yourself from your physical clutter could also help with freeing yourself from your mental clutter. Remember folks, we are what we surround ourselves with. If we are constantly in a messy environment, our lives and thoughts may seem equally as messy or hard to navigate through.
Taking the time to do this annually, bi-annually, quarterly – whatever works best for you, will impact your life in many positive ways along with encouraging a healthy lifestyle and even more good habits to come! When we feel better and more organized at home, we typically carry this habit over to other areas of our lives (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.). So as spring is a time of growth and renewal, let’s grow and renew with it!