5 Good Reasons to Embrace Spring Cleaning
Spring is in the air. As you pack up those sweaters and snow boots in exchange for oxfords and boat shoes, it’s the perfect time to take a look around your house and see what needs to be cleared out. Outer organization contributes to calming inner chaos. This means that spring cleaning isn’t just good for your home, it’s also good for you.
Removing the clutter is good for your overall well-being and creates a sense of new beginnings. Engaging in physical activity and enjoying the fresh air is an effective way to kick those winter blahs. Get out your feather duster and some tunes, and get ready to feel invigorated.
Marie Kondo, in her New York Times Bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, talks about more than just vacuuming and dusting. Kondo encourages readers to become more organized and intentional in what they choose to own, teaching the benefits of decluttering and minimizing. Kondo reminds readers that purging feels like good karma—giving away bags of clothing that you don’t wear anymore or items you no longer need makes you feel light, while also benefiting others.
Here are five more reasons you should embrace spring cleaning.
Sharpen Your Focus
When your environment is cluttered, your ability to focus is depleted. According to one study, clutter also limits your brain’s ability to handle information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment. You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that a clean kitchen or an organized closet just feels better.
Improve Your Happiness
But what if you hate cleaning? Start simply and allow yourself to feel the difference. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of Happiness at Home, suggests that one task to get you started is to make your bed each morning. Rubin explains that just making your bed positively impacts your happiness. The military has used bed-making to set the stage for their troops. The sense of pride and accomplishment at the beginning of the day encourages you to keep striving to achieve every task you encounter.
Limit Your Mess
This doesn’t mean you can’t allow a messy spot. Some people just feel better when they have a little bit of a mess. You might be one of those people who, when their room is perfectly neat, they actually feel pressure to keep it that way, which becomes a source of stress. If you recognize that you have a little bit of this trait in you, make sure you allow a spot for mess. For instance, your room might be neat, but your art supplies are organized chaos. Spring cleaning can feel great, but when outer clean creates inner chaos, then it’s doing exactly the opposite of what you intended. Find your balance.