Spring cleaning is so much more than a deep house cleaning. The benefits of spring cleaning extend to the mind, heart, and soul as well.
Spring is my favorite time of year! It’s that time of year when I (along with the world around me ) feel like I’m coming back to life.
The weather starts to warm up, the days get longer, flowers begin to bloom, and tree leaves start to pop out. Spring is when I find my energy soaring and I’m ready for a fresh start.
Spring cleaning starts to get a lot of hype after Valentine’s Day, but it’s a lot of work. For busy families that are short on time, many may wonder if the benefits of spring cleaning outweigh the time it costs to get it done.
As it turns out, the benefits of spring cleaning reach so much further than just cleaning the dust and clutter that accumulated during the colder months (or the past year).
Spring cleaning benefits my heart, mind and soul (it sounds dramatic, but I seriously feel it on a deep level)
For me, a deep cleaning and organization of my house makes me feel rejuvenated.
When everything is clean and organized in my home, I feel lighter – like I can better tackle life’s challenges. And believe me, those challenges keep coming whether you feel equipped to handle them or not.
So why not give yourself a leg up on handling life’s problems?
Here are just a few important benefits of spring cleaning to help motivate you to get it done!
1. Spring cleaning provides stress relief
Waking up to clutter and grime every day is stressful for me because everywhere I look I’m adding more items to my (already super long) to-to list.
When I look at the clutter and chaos of my house, I feel stretched even thinner because I keep thinking of all that needs to get done. And that causes stress.
Spring cleaning ensures that your home feels peaceful – an oasis from life’s challenges.
2. Spring Cleaning Provides Organization
Think about it – how do you feel when life is disorganized? You can’t find anything you are looking for and you lose track of tasks or items that you need to be on top of.
I don’t know about you, but in my house, every member of my family is almost constantly asking me where X, Y, and Z are. “Mom, where’s the extra toothpaste?” “Mom, where’s my permission slip?”
Having a “home” for everything and everything in its “home” not only helps you keep track of things, but it helps your family know where things are (saving you the time and energy of telling them).
Spring cleaning is the time to get organized. Add a system or two to help you stay organized. Teach your family the system so that they can help keep everything organized.
3. Spring Cleaning Saves You Time
Taking time to spring cleaning saves you time? Doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron?
But in truth, the benefits of being clean and organized lend themselves to saving loads of time in the long run because you aren’t wasting time searching for lost keys, or your shoes or anything else.
Taking the time to spring clean will reap you countless hours of saved time. Also, check out my 12 top time saving tips for busy moms to help save even more time!
4. Spring Cleaning Improves Your Physical Health
Being an exercise instructor, I am always advocating better physical health. Good physical health yields many benefits on its own. But better physical health happens, in part, by exercising.
Exercising sometimes gets the reputation of being hard and super physically demanding. And I think that cleaning doesn’t always have that same reputation. Because of that, many people may not realize they are getting exercise.
However, cleaning can be great exercise! Whether you are vacuuming your house, cleaning bathrooms or cleaning out your garden, no matter what you are working on, you are increasing your heart and respiratory rates and getting exercise. Check out these 11 spots to not skip while you're spring cleaning.
And most importantly, it gets you moving instead of sitting still looking at a computer screen or a tv.
5. Spring Cleaning Improves Your Mental Health
Remember how I mentioned earlier that have a dirty, cluttered home adds to stress and anxiety?
First, cleaning and organizing your home lifts the mood and makes you feel great.
Next, you are proud to invite people over because you feel confident that your home is in good shape for guests.
Additionally, the act of cleaning releases endorphins and provides you with some of the same mental health benefits that you can get from activities like running or biking.
Finally, spring cleaning provides a sense of accomplishment and the feeling of a fresh start.
Spring cleaning’s benefits for mental health are huge!
6. Spring Cleaning Refreshes Your Home
After months of being closed up (and hibernating in a sense), the house can feel dark and stale and collect a build-up of dirt, pet dander, dust, and more.
Take advantage of the warmer days to open the windows to let in fresh light and fresh air.
Shake out the rugs and let them air out outside. Take your dog’s bedding outside and clean it and let it dry in the sun.
Deep carpet cleaning, vacuuming the couch, and washing the curtains will all help you feel rejuvenated.
7. Spring Cleaning Helps You Sleep Better
As you get busy spring cleaning and start to see some of these benefits, one more important benefit that the increased activity and reduced stress will give you is better sleep.
The clean sheets don't hurt, either!
8. Spring Cleaning is an Opportunity to Show Generosity
One of the benefits of spring cleaning is that while we are sorting and organizing we find things we no longer need.
You can collect those items and give them away to people who can benefit from them.
Clothing, old books you don’t read (or your kids don’t read), kids clothes, household items, toys your kids no longer play with, and more could be donated to a local charity.
With your increased energy and longer daylight hours, you can also consider donating some of your time to helping others in a more direct way. Help a neighbor clean out their yard; help a friend who is having a hard time. The possibilities are endless.
Spring cleaning’s benefits are far reaching and will help improve your mental and physical health, reduce stress, and save you time with better organization.
These top spring cleaning benefits will help rejuvenate you from the long, cold winter months and put you on the path to a happier, more stress-free rest of the year!
Tell us in the comments below: do you do spring cleaning? What's your hardest challenge when it comes to spring cleaning?
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