The weather is getting warmer and the season is about to change-and that means that is spring time cleaning again.
Spring cleaning pays off well. In warmer months it gets your living room spruced up and it can also work wonders on your mind, body, and lifestyle.
Below are six areas that spring cleaning will make your life better.
Cleaning Lesses Congestion and Boosts Ventilation
Whether you’ve ever had asthma or allergies, you know how miserable springtime can be – from runny or stuffy noses to sneezing and coughing, spring allergies are no joke.
Cleaning your home is one way to avoid allergies and an increased risk of asthma. This spring, by doing a thorough, deep cleaning, you can get rid of possible asthma triggers and allergens like dust, pet dander and mildew from your home.
Removing these allergens from home will make you breathe better, even if you have no asthma or allergies.
You’ll sleep easier in a healthy environment
If you want to sleep better, try to improve the “hygiene” of your sleep alongside the cleanliness of your house.
This is not about physical cleanliness, but rather all the habits that accompany your regular routine in the bedroom, including banishing electronics from the bedroom, avoiding afternoon and evening caffeine, and keeping your physical space as clean as possible.
And if you do clean your bedroom physically, you’ll get a better night’s sleep.
According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 53 percent of people believe sleeping in clean sheets is an important part of their sleeping experience.
When you’re cleaning your home, give your bedding a good wash.
You’re going to spring up your diet too much
Do you ever find that films and television portray people who eat unhealthy food as dirty and untidy?
The theory that 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 when confronted with a variety of options, individuals who are placed into clean, uncluttered spaces are much more likely to choose healthy food.
Those in a dirty, chaotic room who had the same option opted for unsanitary food. And, if you have a clean environment, you’re more likely to make healthier food choices.
Spring cleaning helps in the removal of possible diseases
Spring cleaning gives you the chance to clean areas in your home that you would otherwise have missed in the coldest months of the year.
Little items that you use every day, such as bath mats, your fridge, and even your windows may be breeding disease in your home, reports Reader’s Digest.
A thorough spring cleaning gives you the opportunity to clean areas that are often neglected, such as the microwave, refrigerator, bathmat, and vents, all of which are places where dangerous bacteria grow.
Cleaning May Help You De-Stress
While it might feel exhausting and tiring to physically clean your home at the moment, spring cleaning will actually boost your mood and help you feel less depressed.
In a recent study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Journal, women who were asked to describe their home were more likely to become depressed if they portrayed a cluttered, messy house.
Women whose homes have been described as “restorative” were more likely to be happier during their daytime.
So, by cleaning, organising, and straightening up your home you will give yourself a big mood boost.
You’re going to get involved
Exercising is difficult, but making yourself want to clean is even harder. Luckily, you are getting into a great workout when you spring clean your house.
Little tasks such as cleaning floors, vacuuming and washing windows are consuming far more calories than you probably would expect.
Time notes that Indiana University researchers have found a positive correlation between physical exercise and cleanliness.
One of their findings was that people were using regular cleaning to remove the extra calories. So, plan a “workout” and pick up your supplies for cleaning!
Making Spring Clean This Year,Simple
Now that you know how helpful a deep spring cleaning session can be, it’s time to prepare for the actual cleaning process.
While it takes time and hard work, it doesn’t have to be hard to spring clean. Here are a few ways to make this year easier for yourself:
- Gather Supplies: Check your supply of cleaning supplies before spring cleaning starts. Throw away anything that has expired and make a list of what to purchase, such as rags and cleaning products.
- Set goals: Instead of setting a large objective for cleaning the entire house, divide the project into smaller areas and activities that you can concentrate on. Tackle each field or job individually, and without getting overwhelmed, you will be able to enjoy your successes along the way.
- Spread It Out: Many people really like cleaning, but if you’re not that type, spread your cleaning activities over a couple of days. If you don’t feel pressured in a single day to clean the entire house, you’ll be more likely to complete the task. Do not push yourself to clean until you’re tired–you’ll probably need to do it again later.
- Make it fun: come up with some ways to make it enjoyable before you start spring cleaning. Set up an upbeat music playlist and set up speakers all over your house so you can jam your favorite music while you’re cleaning. Another great way to reward yourself is during spring cleaning to treat yourself to some of your favorite foods, or order in so you don’t have to prepare.