Your hibernating days consisting of Netflix, hot drinks and blankets are almost over. The weather is getting nicer and the season is about to change – which means it’s time to start spring cleaning once again! Whether you’re a neat freak or tend towards the messier side of the spectrum, spring cleaning has plenty of benefits.
Even if you’re not feeling 100% motivated, spring cleaning is always worth the effort. It gets your living space spruced up for the warmer months, for one thing. It also works wonders on on your mind, body, and lifestyle. Here are six important ways spring cleaning can improve your life.
1. Cleaning Means Less Allergies and Improved Breathing
Ever suffered from asthma or allergies? Then you’ll know just how terrible springtime can be. From runny or stuffy noses to sneezing and coughing uncontrollably, spring allergies are not something to take lightly. Due to an influx of pollen and dust, allergies can be triggered by the change in seasons. One amazing way to prevent allergies and reduce your asthma risk, is to clean your home. This spring, strip your home of potential asthma triggers and allergens like dust, pet dander, and mildew and throw yourself into some deep cleaning. If you remove these allergens from your home, you will breathe a lot more freely, even if you don’t have asthma or allergies.
2. Sleeping better
Want to sleep better? Try improving your sleep “hygiene” along with your home’s cleanliness. This doesn’t just refer to physical cleanliness. We’re talking about all the habits that surround your regular bedroom routine. This includes keeping electronic devices out of the bedroom, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and making your physical space as tidy as possible. If you happen to also physically clean your bedroom, you’ll get a much better night’s sleep. A huge amount of people have said that sleeping in clean sheets was essential for a good sleep experience. So: always remember to give your bedding a good washing when you’re cleaning your home.
3. You will change your diet
Have you ever noticed that in movies and on TV people who have a huge penchant for donuts and other unhealthy foods are often messy and untidy? Unfortunately, this stereotype where your surroundings play a role in what you eat is at least partly true. According to the Association for Psychological Science, research has shown that individuals who are in clean, uncluttered environments are more likely to choose healthy food when they’re presented with a variety of options. Those who were given the same choice in messy rooms often opted for unhealthy food. This means that if your environment is clean, it’s more likely that you’ll make healthier food choices.
4. You get rid of potential illnesses
Spring cleaning gives you the chance to clean places in your home that you’ve probably overlooked during the coldest months of the year. It’s pretty disgusting to think about, but even when your home looks clean, it can still be full of bacteria, mold, and other allergens that could be making you sick. Things you use every day, like bath mats, your refrigerator, and even your windows could be breeding grounds of illness in your home. A thorough spring clean gives you the chance to clean often-neglected areas like the microwave, refrigerator, bathmat, and vents. These are all places where harmful bacteria often thrive. By eliminating that bacteria, mold, and other dangers, you’ll be sure no one in your home gets sick from them.
5. Cleaning can alleviate stress
While it might feel stressful and tiring in the moment to physically clean your home, spring cleaning can actually boost your mood and help you feel less stressed. In a recent study, women who described their homes as cluttered and messy were more likely to be depressed than women who described it as “restorative”. The women in the latter group were also more likely to be happier over the course of their day. This means it’s time to give yourself a big mood boost by cleaning, organizing, and straightening up your home. You’ll renew your mindset and end up feel happier and less mentally cluttered.
6. You’ll get some exercise
Getting some movement in without going to the gym? It’s not impossible! It’s tough to exercise, but it’s even tougher to make yourself want to clean. It turns out that when you spring clean your home, you’re actually getting in a great workout. Small actions like wiping counters, vacuuming, and washing windows burn far more calories than you’d think. Researchers at Indiana University also found a positive correlation between physical activity and cleanliness. One of their theories was that people burned extra calories by cleaning on a regular basis. So, why not schedule yourself a “workout” and pick up some cleaning supplies?