Spring marks the renewal of the growth cycle for most of nature. The winter dormancy ends and plants begin to sprout anew. Baby chicks are hatched, little bunnies begin to hop and it seems like every creature begins a new life cycle.
The warmer, brighter weather urges the opening of windows and the commencement of Spring cleaning. This is a time to clear out the dust and clutter that accumulated over the colder months and the past year. The heavy winter clothes and linens are replaced with the lighter fabrics and colors of a brighter season. Spring cleaning is almost an exercise of the mind and heart as well as a deep house cleaning.
Refresh Your Home with Spring Cleaning
After a winter of being closed up inside your house, the house needs a refresher. Most people spend more time at home during the winter, either because of cold weather or due to the lack of daylight hours. It can be a bit like hibernation, during which dust and debris can build up.
Spring cleaning is a great way to change the environment inside your home. Opening windows to let fresh air in can actually improve the humidity and change the oxygen balance. Even sunlight coming in through the windows can help clean the air in your house.
A deep cleaning every Spring can remove potential allergens like pet dander and dust from your house. Carpets and fabric furnishing in your home tend to hold onto dirt over the winter. Deep carpet cleaning and chores like vacuuming the couch will freshen things up.
Spring is a great time to wash the dog, or other pet’s, bedding and get his area clean again. During the winter, he probably tracked in snow and salt from the sidewalk or driveway and then sat in it. Cold weather makes it hard to bathe the dog and his mess just piles up. The dog’s bedding and the area where he sleeps could use a good Spring cleaning.
Putting away bulky winter clothing will declutter your closet and give you more space for lighter spring and summer attire.
Spring Cleaning Mental Health Benefits
Spring cleaning is great for your house. It gets rid of the dust and allergens that collected all winter and provides an opportunity to clear out some clutter. Your house looks great and feels fresh after a good Spring cleaning. Spring cleaning also provides mental health benefits that you probably did not consider:
- Gets you moving: Spring cleaning is a physical activity no matter what part you are working on. Moving around your house, and even out into the yard to carry out the trash, gives you a sense of accomplishment. It gets the happy chemicals moving around in your brain, propelled by an increased heart and respiratory rate. Spring cleaning can give you some of the same mental health benefits as physical exercise like running or biking.
- Reduces stress: Clutter and stress are related, and we know stress is bad for your mental health. Looking at the clutter in your home can bring on the anxiety of incomplete tasks or just make it more difficult to accomplish your daily routine. When you clean out the clutter during Spring cleaning, you’re setting yourself up for more relaxed, stress-free living.
- Invites a fresh start: Sometimes, mental health issues seem overwhelming because of their long history. You can fall into a pattern of poor mental health and get stuck there. Spring cleaning makes you feel like you are getting a fresh start. When your house looks different, decluttered and clean, you feel a greater ability to change the state of your mental health as well.
Tips for Spring Mental Health Improvement
Here are some tips for Spring Cleaning your mental health:
- Get at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day.
- Get up at the same time each day to create a better sleep routine.
- Schedule regular social activity.
- Volunteer your time to help others.
- Take time for contemplation and mindfulness exercises.
- Nourish your body and mind with a healthy diet.
Spring is a great time to renew your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Follow the Spring cleaning model and clear the dirt and clutter out of your life. Then, begin adding healthy habits to your day. You’ll be surprised how even small changes in your physical surroundings can make a big change in your attitude and mental well-being!