Tidy House = Tidy Mind
Spring has sprung and its time to draw back the curtains, dust off clutter that has accumulated during the winter months, and recharge your life . You guessed it, it’s time for spring cleaning.
For many people spring cleaning means decluttering, organizing, and cleaning up your home. Doing this gives you the benefits of an organized closet, clean countertops and floors, and the possibility for more open space. However, it can do more for you than you think.
The 5 Mental Benefits of Spring Cleaning:
Goodbye Seasonal Depression
During the winter, it is easy to “hibernate” inside your home. Doing this, decreases your exposure to the sun and may even cause a Vitamin D deficiency leading to seasonal depression. By simply letting the sun shine again in your home you can improve your oxygen balance, which leads to less dust and allergens and more energy.
Spring cleaning is a physical activity no matter what you’re working on. Moving around your house and checking things off your to-do list gives you a sense of accomplishment. It gets the happy chemicals moving in your brain, propelled by an increased heart and respiratory rate. To put it in simple terms… Spring cleaning can give you some of the same mental health benefits as physical exercise! It’s even scientifically proven that people with decluttered homes are physically more healthy.
There is no denying that stress and clutter are related… and we all know how stress can take a tole on your mental health. Looking at clutter in your home can bring on anxiety and make it harder for you to accomplish daily tasks. When you clean out the clutter and start organizing during spring cleaning, you'‘re setting yourself up for a more relaxed, laid back, stress-free life.
When you see too much stuff in your space, you naturally have a harder time giving your attention to any one thing for a significant period of time. However, by spring cleaning your space, you’ll have less stimuli wearing you down, and your mind will be better able to problem-solve and focus on things that matter to you most.
Start A New
Mental health issues seem daunting because of their long and complicated history. It is easy to fall into a pattern of poor mental health and get stuck. However, spring cleaning might be able to get you out of your rut. Spring is a sign of renewal, and it’s the perfect time to renew yourself and the environment inside your home. When your house looks different, clean, and organized, you may feel capable of changing the current state of your mental health.
Overall, spring is a great time to renew your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle; liberate yourself, increase productivity, get healthy, and make the changes you want to see in your life. You’ll be surprised how spring cleaning can make a big change in your attitude and mental well-being.
Sophia Zigmond / Writer