Do a spring cleaning
Here are a few great reasons to do a spring cleaning this year:
Cleaning leads to a healthier home environment: Dust, mildew, mold, pet dander and even bugs can build up in carpets, upholstery, bedding and on floors and other surfaces of your home during the winter months. Many scientists and environmental experts claim that the pollution inside your home can often be worse than outdoor air pollution. A great way to reduce the build up of these immune system disruptors in your home is to do a big clean that includes vacuuming your carpets, furniture and upholstery, dusting surfaces with a wet rag, mopping floors, and cleaning out potentially damp areas such as bathrooms, basements and garages.
Cleaning reduces stress: The physical act of cleaning can turn your brain off for a bit to allow you to relax your mind. So, while cleaning may seem like a boring, mindless task, that may actually be just what your brain needs to de-stress. Also, eliminating clutter from your home may help you free yourself from your mental clutter. A study out of Scotland concluded that doing housework for as little as 20 minutes can reduce your stress and anxiety by up to 20 percent.
A clean space helps increase your productivity: The nature of clutter in your home environment has direct effects on your ability to focus. When you are distracted by visual chaos, it hinders your ability to concentrate on tasks more fully. A study from The Journal of Neuroscience confirmed this using MRI’s to track the brain’s response to cleanliness and found that more clutter significantly limits the brain’s processing capacity.
Cleaning can improve your mood and make you feel accomplished: While not everyone loves the process of cleaning itself, the end result leaves most people feeling extremely satisfied. A tidy, fresh smelling home can naturally boost endorphins in the brain and improve energy levels. One study out of the University of California revealed that having a clean home provided positive short-term and long-term benefits for mental health, including immediate improved mood and overall reduced the risk for depression.