5 Positive Health Benefits to Spring Cleaning
The upcoming warm weather may bring excitement for barbecues, baseball games, or afternoon walks, but spring arriving may also mean nervous anticipation for the annual "spring clean." If you’re not looking forward to spring cleaning, perhaps learning about the benefits of cleaning may encourage you to be more excited to tidy up your home!
So what are some of the positive benefits of spring cleaning?
#1: Improved focus and moods
When your living space is cluttered, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. Think of it like this: Mess = mental clutter. Messes around your home are visual stimulations that keep your brain in a state of constant “high alert,” which can result in increased anxiety and that stressed-out feeling that leads to long-term poor mental health.
On the other hand, studies have shown that individuals who maintain clean homes tend to have lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. So, if you’re looking to de-stress and increase your focus and improve your mental health, spring cleaning may be a great solution!
With a cleaner home, not only will your mood and mental health be boosted but the lack of mess in your eye-line will allow you to focus more on your tasks!
#2: Decrease stress
As mentioned before, one of the benefits of spring cleaning is reduced stress. However, this isn’t just a short-term benefit. By decluttering your home on a regular basis, you can actually train your brain to be less stressed overall.
With a clean home, you’ll most likely have lower levels of cortisol which means a decrease in stress levels.
So if having a consistently clean and clutter-free home helps maintain a positive outlook and reduce stress levels, hand us the mop and broom!
#3: Fewer health risks
A clean home is a happier home and a healthier home. You breathe better when your house is clean.
When your home is cluttered, dust, dirt, and pet dander can accumulate more easily. This can lead to an increase in allergies and respiratory problems.
A clean home means decreased allergic reactions to pollutants such as dust, mold, mildew, pet hair, and dust mites. For anyone with seasonal allergies, this is fantastic news! You can experience lessened adverse allergic reactions because of the decrease of pollen or plant debris in your home.
To clean your house for your immune system and seasonal allergies, make sure to dust hard to reach spots, vacuum all floors, and wash all your linens and bedding. Additionally, to prevent dirt and dust from entering your home once it’s a clean house, make sure to take your shoes off at the door!
#4: Reduce your risk of injury
When your home is cluttered, there’s an increased risk of tripping or falling. This danger is amplified if you have young children or pets running around the house!
By decluttering and organizing your home, you can create a safe environment for everyone in the family.
Additionally, a clean home will allow you to move more freely and with less effort, resulting in increased energy levels. These newfound boosts of energy will allow you to exercise more frequently and maintain consistent health – significantly decreasing your risk of injury.
#5: Keep your kids busy by keeping them involved in the cleaning process
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Kids can be a big help when it comes to tidying up and assisting with regular household chores.
In fact, research shows that children who are regularly involved in household cleaning have increased self-esteem and feelings of competency.
Not only will your kids be able to learn valuable skills, but they’ll also have fun while they’re cleaning! Have a family game night where everyone helps clean up the living room or play music and dance as you vacuum the kitchen floor. The more fun you can make the cleaning process, the better!
To add extra enticement to household chores, consider offering an allowance or small benefits like an extra serving of dessert or a fun drink from Starbucks!
Cleaning may not be the most exciting activity, but it certainly has its benefits. The next time you’re feeling stressed or down, try tidying up your space – you might just be surprised at how much better you feel afterward!
So, there you have it: five great reasons to get started on your spring cleaning! Of course, these are just a few of the many benefits that can be reaped from a clean and organized home. Ready to get started? We thought so! :) We’ve put together a spring cleaning checklist for you to get off on the right foot, which you can download here!
After reading this, hopefully, you’re feeling a bit more motivated to tackle your spring cleaning project. Remember that it’s not just good for your home – it’s also good for your health and wellbeing! So get out those cleaning supplies and let’s get to work!