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Spring Cleaning

Lacy Doyle

Finally, the time of year in which the snow is beginning to melt, and birds are beginning to return. Everywhere you step is muddy, but that’s okay because you can finally go outside without having to bundle up as much as the boy who couldn’t lower his arms in “A Christmas Story.”

With all the changes that spring brings, one thing that may also be changing is inside of your own home. Spring cleaning is a phrase that can be passed around in conversation during this season as just one more thing to add to the ‘to-do’ list. While some people enjoy cleaning and look forward to this extensive task, others dread the thought of all the effort spring cleaning can take. While it may be difficult to muster up the motivation to de-clutter and polish up all the things that haven’t been touched in a year, studies have found that it may be worth the effort. Here are the top 5 benefits that spring cleaning might bring you:

Spring cleaning is linked to happiness- Whether you enjoy cleaning or not, studies have found that those who take the time to clean and organize their living space tend to be happier! The act of cleaning leads to feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment, which results in placing you in a better mood (Riva, 2014).

Spring cleaning, less stress- Living in a cluttered and chaotic environment can be stressful on a person, especially if you’re running late for work and just can’t seem to find where you put your favorite black jacket…  Spring cleaning is a way to organize and declutter your space, which studies have shown to reduce stress both while in the act of cleaning as well as in the aftermath of being in an organized and tidy environment (Riva, 2014; Steele, 2019).

Spring cleaning can help your spring allergies- Cleaning your home not only helps your mental health, but your physical health as well! Getting rid of the dust, pollen, and other allergens in your home can help to settle those spring allergies that you may have according to a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (Riva, 2014).

Spring cleaning and risk of injury- Do you have children or elderly who are ever in your home? Studies have found that cluttered and disorganized houses are directly linked to increased injuries with not only the young and the old in particular, but all ages (Steele, 2019). A cluttered home can also lead to injury through house fires, as the clutter can make it harder to exit as well as provide more flammable items!

Spring cleaning means spring sleeping- Studies have suggested that a clean and organized home may lead you to get better sleep at night! The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study that found those who had a clean home and regularly made their bed experienced an increased in quality of sleep by 19% (Steele, 2019).

The phrase “spring cleaning” might sound like a time-consuming and exhausting task, but the benefits appear to be worth it. So, slap on those yellow rubber gloves, grab a garbage bag, and put on some good tunes because it’s time to get to work!

Riva, B. (2014). Five surprising reasons spring cleaning is good for you. Goodnet. Retrieved from https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-surprising-reasons-spring-cleaning-good-for-you-list

Steele, V. (2019). The health benefits of spring cleaning. Health Designs. https://www.healthdesigns.net/health-benefits-of-spring-cleaning/

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