After being shut off from the rest of the world for the most of the winter, spring brings the first rays of warm light that can get anyone into the mood for something really productive and worthwhile. Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, whether it is a fresh garden, a new look in your home, or even some serious de-cluttering. But did you know that spring cleaning can do more than give you a fresh start?

1. Reduce Allergens

Spring cleaning allows you to start getting rid of the allergens that may have accumulated through the months of doing nothing; not that you don’t have anything to do, but rather the cold weather makes it quite difficult to move about. Cleaning every square centimetre of your home can help you remove allergens such as dust, pet dander, dust mites, and other particles that can get easily airborne and trigger allergy symptoms in you. And since spring is also that time of year when flowers begin to bloom, substantially increasing the amount of allergens into the air, you’d definitely be glad these won’t be adding to what you already have at home.

2. Increase Productivity

Spring cleaning can also increase your productivity which will make you feel more content about your life. De-cluttering can give you a chance to look at the things you own and decide which ones are for-keeps and which ones can be donated to others or perhaps handed down as an heirloom. Organising your home or even your office can make it a lot easier to work or accomplish the things you want to do. It is easier to look for things, helping you avoid stress from not being able to find what you’re looking for.

3. It’s a Healthy Workout

The process of cleaning can be especially healthy, too. You don’t have to renew your membership to your local gym, at least for now, since all that cleaning, scrubbing, mopping, lifting, dusting, and washing are sure great workouts for your muscles. Ditch the floor polisher and instead use a more traditional floor scrub. Start washing your clothes the old-fashioned way instead of throwing them inside a machine. Spring cleaning can really be a good time to start warming up your muscles. Sure, you’ll feel tired afterwards, but this only means your muscles got the workout they need. Maybe you need to do this more often and not just come springtime.

4. Helps to De-Stress

I mentioned above that getting your home or office organised can help you avoid stress. Did I mention that cleaning can also help you de-stress? You’ll be more focused on the task in front of you and not on some distant thought that can really make you anxious. It’s a principle that many health care professionals use in their patients whenever they are stressed out. Keeping the mind and the body busy is always a good way to keep stress at bay. By the way, doing the household chores has been proven to reduce the levels of anxiety and stress by as much as 20%.

5. Makes You Feel Happy

You know what’s best if you’re not stressed out? You have a much better, more positive outlook in life. You’re in a much better mood which can also help propel you to accomplish more things. Psychologists say that individuals who constantly think about the unfinished work and clutter in their homes tend to be depressed at work. This can adversely affect their productivity, work satisfaction, and general outlook in life. So, get those muscles working so you’ll feel happier or in a much better mood.

Bottom Line

I’ve said it many times: spring cleaning makes you happy. It exercises your muscles which, in turn, increase the levels of endorphins in your brain. This is actually what makes you in a good mood. You’ll also feel happier because you won’t see any clutter in your home. You’re happy because you’ve got fewer allergens to worry about. And you’re definitely happy because you’re living in a healthier, cleaner home.

Spring cleaning may sound dreadful with all that cleaning, de-cluttering, and re-organising activities. Come to think of it, you’re not going to spend the rest of spring cleaning your home. If you’re methodical about it you can actually have it done within the day. That way you’ll enjoy the rest of the spring and the year in a much happier mood.

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