Some people find spring cleaning therapeutic. No matter if you do it small and plan on doing just one room or are you going to do it big and do the whole house, cleaning is seen as a physical activity. The only difference between cleaning and physical activity is that it leaves the surroundings clean and neat and a nice psychological effect on the mind in addition to the body.
Clutter control and spring cleaning are therapeutic! And they are exceptional therapy you can do for yourself. So, plan a time to do some of your own “rehab”. Create an intention around your spring cleaning – declare it and embrace it!
- According to a study published in Journal of the Physiological Science people in an orderly room, compared to participants in a disorderly room, choose healthy snacks and donate money too. (1)
- In an independent research, British Journal of Sports Medicine analyzed 30 couples. Results showed that just 20 minutes of sustained physical activity helped them in curbing depression. (2)
- 3000 people, who participated in one Scottish survey, revealed that doing vigorous household chores every day helped them curb stress by 20%.
- A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin analyzed the effect of an unfinished home on your health. “Stress hormone” cortisol builds up throughout the day. Living in a cluttered home doesn’t help in lowering it down. This eventually affects sleep and mood.
While for many of us spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of possibly more open spaces, a sparkling countertop, an organized closet, more importantly, it has been associated with decreased stress, improved mood, and heightened creativity.
So, while discarding and organizing items might not be enjoyable for everyone here are some more reasons to try a spring cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Reduces Allergens
Washing curtains and sheets, cleaning fridge and sink, keeping furniture clean and vacuuming is a great way to keep yourself safe of the allergens hiding in such places. Dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other products are present in the air. Most of them cause respiratory tract problems, especially in kids. When your body is healthy, you feel energized.
According to a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) a good spring cleaning can help you avoid allergy symptoms. By removing allergens from your home you will feel healthier, especially during the time when allergies are widespread. (3)
Creates Healthier Living Environment
Anyone shudders at the thought of bacteria and mold in their homes, but it is certainly there. Bacteria, bad and good, are all around us. Keeping tidy and clean helps rid your home of harmful bacteria and germs that can make you sick.
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Organizing and cleaning your personal spaces lets you enjoy a more organized and tidier environment. This can relieve stress and tension.
You probably know someone who goes on a cleaning frenzy whenever they are stressed or upset, this is for good reason. The act itself as cleaning is considered to be therapeutic so it can also reduce levels of stress. It allows us to heighten our focus onto the task at hand and ease the worries.
Helps You Focus
According to a study carried out by the founder of America’s Anxiety Disorder Center, if you can make a point of clearing out the clutter occasionally you’ll be able to free up the brain for essential decision-making. (4)
Making the effort to organize and declutter your office or home can save you tons of time replacing or looking for lost items in the future. This makes you even more productive.
A thorough spring cleaning helps to clear your mind of what needs to be done around the house, maybe even reuniting with missing items, and makes it easier to focus on other more important things.
Cleaning does require energy and it burns significant calories if you’re really moving.
Only the vigorous movements will give you the benefits akin to a normal workout. A few things that can help you accomplish reap the benefits include running up and down the stairs, scrubbing windows and floors, picking items and taking from one room to another. These activities besides toning your body make a body release endorphins and help you burn calories, especially your limbs that work out the most. And when your body is well toned, you feel more confident about yourself.
You Finally Have a Clean Home or Office
Finally, the biggest benefit from spring cleaning will mean that your home is finally feeling and looking cleaner than ever. There is nothing better than a clean house, free from dust, dirt, and grime that accumulated over the winter period.
When done, don’t forget to reward yourself. After all, you’ve just finished therapy! You may also find helpful to learn more about How To Keep Home Clutter-Free In 3 Easy Steps