As we leave winter behind and feel energized after a long winter, many of us feel the need to give our home a fresh start, too. Cleaning and decluttering are a natural part of that process. Before you start throwing out stuff and taking on the monumental task of spring cleaning, it might be helpful to think about the best reasons to spring clean.
The Best Reasons To Spring Clean
Whenever you begin a large task like spring cleaning, it’s good to understand what your efforts will entail and what you hope to accomplish. Here’s what motivates me.
A Clean Start After a Long Winter
By the time spring rolls around, most of us are well into the new year. However, our homes may be hanging on to last year’s accumulation of stuff as well as dust and dirt. The dead of winter is behind us and new life springing up outside and all around. So, spring is the perfect time to get rid of what is no longer beneficial to you or your lifestyle.
Whether it’s toys, clothes, household items, dirty windows or floors, taking time to clear out the old, musty, and dirty will breathe new life into your surroundings. As you lighten your home, you may just find that you lighten your mood as well.
Improve Your Health
There are many ways that spring cleaning can help to improve your health, both physically and mentally. Several of us in my family has asthma. Clearing out the dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and cobwebs can have a huge effect on our breathing.
We take care to either hire others to come and do this cleaning for us or wear masks while cleaning. Even without asthma, clearing out the dirt from your home can be good for your general well-being and immune system.
Deep Clean For Renewed Energy
Spring cleaning is more than just surface cleaning and tidying up. It’s a deep dive into all the hidden dirt and clutter that’s been allowed to accumulate throughout the year. Everyone can benefit from getting rid of stagnant energy in their homes. This can take the form of stuff as well as the mental accumulation of needless items.
Our homes tend to hold onto our old lives through tangible things. Throwing out the old and thoroughly cleaning up is a healthy way to regenerate our energy and lives.
Spring cleaning is good exercise too! Moving around, cleaning, and putting things in place exercise your body. At the same time, they give you a sense of accomplishment good for the soul!
Putting Things In Order
As our lives get busy we often unintentionally clutter up our homes in an effort to stay on schedule. By spring cleaning, we give ourselves a chance to restore order to our homes and lives.
Finding ways to organize as we’re cleaning gives us a sense of control so our lives and homes operate efficiently. Implementing lists or new ways of doing things will help us feel orderly. This can free us of the chaos of a cluttered home.
Putting things in order so you can find them quickly and easily can save you time and aggravation. It can save you money too!
Refocus Your Attention
With your home in order, your mind can refocus on other things that may have taken a backseat to your home life. You may find yourself indulging in your hobbies more. This could be time spent in unencumbered quality time with family members. You might even be able to move ahead more easily in your career.
Without the subconscious mental stress of a cluttered and dirty home, your mind is free to explore other avenues of interest. You might want to take up a new hobby. Or maybe you just want more free time to get out there and play in the backyard with the kids. Or go for a bike ride, invite friends over for a backyard BBQ, or putter in the garden.
Putting one area of your life (your home) in order can have a ripple effect on other parts of your life. Use this spring cleaning momentum to help you in those areas, too.
Take a mental inventory of what other areas of your life you can declutter and clean going forward this year. I like to call this spring cleaning my life. Learn to embrace this process and become excited at the prospect of change for the better.