Spring is right around the corner, which means it will soon be time for spring cleaning! Many people use this time to do some serious house cleaning after a long winter of being indoors, declutter everything from the closets to the garage, and tidy up the yard, and tend to the garden. But did you know this yearly ritual is actually good for your health? Below are the top reasons why spring cleaning improves your health as seen in Reader’s Digest.
Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning
- Decluttering is proven to reduce stress levels and improve mental health. Just like 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of cleaning is stress relieving in itself.
- Spring allergens cause a lot of people discomfort. However, by dusting and vacuuming frequently during spring cleaning, you can keep your house clear of dust, pet dander, and pollen. This will help keep your airways open throughout the spring allergy season.
- By doing some serious house cleaning and then keeping it clean can actually improve your mood. As cited by Reader’s Digest, a study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin proved women who come home to a clean and clutter free house were happier and less fatigued than those who come home to a dirty house.
- People who clean their house get more exercise, and not just because cleaning burns calories. According to Indiana University research, those who are motivated to clean are more likely to be motivated to workout.
- A clean house results in a better night’s sleep. According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, when you have a clean house and you regularly make your bed, you are 19% more likely to sleep well.