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How Spring Cleaning Could Make You Feel A Lot Happier

by Daniela McVicker. |

Spring cleaning is an old tradition that motivates us all to face one of our biggest enemies – mess. The reason why spring cleaning is a good habit is that it enforces you to completely clean and declutter your place of living.

You may not have the time to clean everything in detail every week or month, which is why setting aside a few days for cleaning can help encourage you to get your home in shape. It’s good for the house and what’s more important, it’s good for you too.

Here are some ways in which spring cleaning is good for you and your health.

Increases Your Productivity

A messy space isn’t the best environment for growing productivity. Even if you always try to keep your things in order, it happens to all that we forget where we put what.

As you clean, you will declutter and you organize things. Don't be surprised when you come across a long-lost item. You'll finally be able to reorganize your home so that it boosts your productivity.

Also, try to set a rule that during spring cleaning you’ll get rid of things you no longer need. This is your chance to free your home of unnecessary clutter. Go through your drawers, closet, cabinets, and throw away old items or donate things you no longer use. 

Increases 'Home Health'

You might be a regular at cleaning your home but unless you deep clean it every time, there is bound to be some hidden dirt and grime.

Spring cleaning will help you remove allergens, dust, mites, and clean out spots for pending insect infestation. It also helps you ensure that your living environment won’t negatively affect your health.

Clean your windows, countertops, appliances, and fridge; move furniture to vacuum all the dust, and leave every part of your home perfectly clean. If you aren’t regular at cleaning your reusable shopping bags, shower curtain, ceilings, or mattress - this is your chance to wash them all!

Remember – a clean house is a healthy house.

Increases Happiness and a Sense of Well-Being

Spring cleaning doesn’t just positively affect your physical health. It also has a good impact on your mental health.

This big cleaning task might keep you in full work mode for days but it will also give you a sense of satisfaction. Cleaning your home inside and out is a major accomplishment and you’ll feel good about it.

Not only will you feel good about yourself, but you'll bring positive energy to your home. "Cluttered houses and apartments are more likely to make you feel depressed. All the mess causes a feeling of procrastination and a lack of accomplishment. This is why spring cleaning is an assignment I look forward to every year. How I feel when I know that I managed to make my home clean and safe is inexplicable,” shared Sharon Willis, a copywriter at TopWritersReview.

Reduces Stress

Both the act of cleaning and the good feeling of accomplishment can reduce stress levels during and after the cleaning.

Cleaning itself is a sort of physical activity. As you might already know, physical activity of any kind signals your body to release endorphins, the hormone of happiness. 

A Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, Wendy Suzuki, once explained in a TED talk that “simply moving your body, has immediate, long-lasting and protective benefits for your brain”.

Besides feeling good about yourself because you accomplished something big, you’ll also get some always needed exercise. 

Improves Focus

Dirty and cluttered space bothers most people. The disorganized and messy place makes it hard for us to focus on other more important tasks at hand. 

Just imagine: You are trying to find a book, but dust keeps falling on you or you keep running across some irrelevant things that take away your concentration, not very good for the focus, right?

Deep cleaning clears the mind of these minor irritants, it opens up the path to your objective at all times without any distractors. 

America's Anxiety Disorder Center carried out a study that proved that clearing out the clutter frees up the brain for more important decision-making. Don’t allow random things in your home to mess up your focus. Spring cleaning is the solution.

Finally, here are a few extra tips for all the spring cleaners out there:

  • Spread out the cleaning process over a period of days or even weeks. Trying to do it all at once can be very stressful and exhausting. Not to mention that the cleaning won’t be thorough enough. Those of you who only have weekends to clean will probably have to spread out over a few weeks. If you want to speed up the process, get someone to help you out. 

  • Play your favorite music while you clean. Nothing gets my body moving better than my favorite tunes. Listening to your favorite songs will give you more energy. Moreover, the whole cleaning process will seem less boring and tiring.

  • Minimalize as much as possible. It can be very hard to get rid of the clutter when you have so many things you want to keep, that’s probably a bigger challenge for some than the actual cleaning. However, you have to be determined and clear everything you don’t need. Think about all the space that will open up once you declutter your space and rid it of the things that no longer serve you! 

With spring cleaning, you can make your home a pleasant and productive place to live in, as well as increase your happiness and focus just by setting aside a few days to get your place of living in order. It is worth it, trust me.

Daniela McVicker is a contributor of Top Writers Review.

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