Life is busy and it’s easy to let the tasks you don’t enjoy get pushed way down on the priority list. Spring cleaning often falls into the category of something that you procrastinate. However, there are several ways that spring cleaning is good for you.
Exhilaration of a fresh start
When you set out to do household chores, you may feel reluctant, but once your spring cleaning is underway, you’ll usually find your mood begin to lift. There is something about shaking off the dust of winter and making your home feel clean, that lines up your thoughts with feeling like spring is a fresh start. Spring cleaning often makes you remember other areas of your life that need change and gives you the confidence that you can make those positive changes.
Work exercise into your day
In addition to changing your attitude, spring cleaning can change your physical condition for the better. It may not be an aerobic workout, but scrubbing, vacuuming, sweeping, dusting and moving furniture for cleaning is physical activity. Even exercise you get from cleaning is better than no exercise at all and the physical aspects of cleaning can help elevate your mood as well. Exercise helps to release endorphins, the neurotransmitters in your body that give you a feeling of euphoria.
Improve your overall physical well-being
You already know that getting active is good for your health, but another very good reason to do household chores is for the many other important health benefits it provides. Simply removing dust or mold from your home can improve the air quality, helping you breathe easier. This can greatly reduce allergy symptoms and help sinus colds to subside. In addition, scrubbing away the germs that have collected on surfaces in your home can help prevent the spread of illness.
Regain your sense of order
Doing household chores can also help you reduce clutter in your home. When you begin to move those items that have piled up, you’ll not only feel better about the space you live in, but you often recover items that were misplaced or forgotten. Having everything back in its proper place provides a sense of order and accomplishment, not to mention it may help you take care of some loose ends that were causing you stress.
Reconnect with friends and family
One of the best things about doing household chores is that once your home is sparkling clean, you’ll want to share it. Inviting friends and family over to catch up and share some laughs is a great way to kick off spring.
Once you get your spring cleaning done, you’ll most likely find that you wish you hadn’t procrastinated for so long.
Cassie Haslem is a 25 year old writer. Her hobbies are reading, painting and pretending I know how to write a book (I don’t). I love meeting people and making new friends. Writing opens up a whole world of new ideas and possibilities for me. I wouldn’t change a thing.