Bring Joy to Your Space: Hidden benefits of spring cleaning
March 5, 2020
Days are getting longer, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming. Spring time is here, and while it may look bright and lively outside your home, inside can still be gloomy with leftover clutter from winter. Decluttering, organizing, and doing a deep spring cleaning will not only rejuvenate your home; it can improve your stress, bring joy to your space, and give you the opportunity to give back to the community.
Having clutter surround your home creates more stress. According to a Scottish Health Survey, decluttering can cut stress and anxiety by 20%. While cleaning your home, you can use different smells like lavender and lemon-scented cleaning products that have additional calming benefits. Using these ‘happy smells’ will leave a positive atmosphere in your home.
Springtime means more pollen that can trigger asthma attacks and allergies. Deep cleaning your home and donating clutter will eliminate extra dust mites and pet dander from your home. Children and seniors are extra sensitive to these triggers. Dusting and good vacuuming can open and freshen your home’s air very quickly.
Spring cleaning is not just about throwing away old or unused things; it's also about clearing space for what brings you joy. Mari Kondo, the Netflix star of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, suggests, “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology concluded that people who are stressed at home and have clutter or disorganization are more likely to have depression. This resulted in more stress outside of the home and decreased work activity. In turn, those who described their home as peaceful were more relaxed and saw improvements to their mood.
Spring cleaning is not only a time for you and your home, it is an opportunity for you to give back to your community. Donating your tools, extra building materials, unwanted furniture or appliances that are clean and in good shape to your nearest Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great way to give back.
What are some ways your spring cleaning can make a huge difference for your community?
- Your used furniture might turn into someone's vintage DIY project
- Your old fridge might go to a family that can't afford one
- The bed frame your kid outgrew could become a new child's brand new bed