3 Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning
Now that spring has arrived, you might want to do some spring cleaning. It can help you clear away some of the cold weather mess and clutter and get your house ready for the warmer months. But it may also have some surprising health benefits.
Common spring cleaning tasks include:
- Tidying-up the patio or deck
- Replacing storm windows with window screens
- Swapping cold-weather gear, like clothes and bedding, for warm-weather gear
- Getting outdoor furniture out of storage in the garage, and
- Cleaning up winter debris from your garden or yard
These tasks can spruce up your indoor and outdoor spaces. And they can help you prepare for the new season. But spring cleaning doesn’t just benefit your home and yard. It can also benefit your health. Spring cleaning can:
- Ease your anxiety. Clutter and disorganization can lead to stress. But a tidy environment can help ease stress. When everything is in its place, it can help you find what you need to do what you need to do. For instance, as you spring clean, you may want to pack up your snow gear and unpack your rain gear. That way, you won’t have to scramble to find your rain jacket during the first spring shower. You’ll have what you need to get to work on time.
- Help you get active. Many spring chores are active, rather than sedentary. That means they can help you sit less, move more, and burn a few extra calories as well. Some outdoor tasks such as cleaning your gutters, raking up leaves and debris, and replacing storm windows are quite strenuous. So are indoor tasks, such as vacuuming, mopping floors, and washing your windows.
- Reduce germs and allergens. Cleaning can help reduce allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold. To help reduce dust mites and dander, vacuum your floors; and wash curtains, rugs, and bedding. To help prevent or remove mold, scrub bathroom showers and tubs with a bleach solution. Cleaning can also help remove germs, such as cold and flu viruses, which may still be handing around in the spring. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs or kids’ toys. And wash bedding.
You may not look forward to spring cleaning, but it has lots of benefits. Consider what it can do for you. That might be just the motivation you need to pick up your cleaning supplies and start scrubbing.