Spring is in the air! As we start to get through the long dark nights, gloomy cold weather of winter – some of the symptoms of seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder) starts to lift – it’s always a pleasant feeling to know it comes to an end. To see the trees grow their leaves, the grass starts to flourish again, birds are chirping and flowers start to bloom it feels refreshing. And this time of year is primetime to start refreshing your home.
BENEFITS OF CLEANING, DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING
Improved Your Mental Health
Spring cleaning isn’t just about decluttering your physical space, it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. Clearing out your living area can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It can also improve sleep quality and increase productivity by creating a more organized environment for you to work, think or be in.
Sense of Control of Your Surrounding
Sometimes when we feel stressed and anxious, we feel like our lives are out of control. Cleaning or organizing your space can give you a sense of control over your surroundings. We all know that clutter can really be distracting and make it hard to focus on a particular
Cleaning Benefits Your Physical Health
Beyond the benefits of a clean and organized living space, the act of cleaning itself can be meditative and serve as a form of self-care. Engaging in physical activity, like mopping the floors or organizing furniture, can release endorphins and boost your mood. Plus, the satisfaction of completing a cleaning task can boost your confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment.
Opportunity for You to Practice Mindfulness
Spring cleaning can also be an opportunity to practice mindfulness. Instead of rushing through the process, take time to appreciate the present moment and the small details of your home. Engage all of your senses as you clean and pay attention to the sights, sounds, and smells around you.
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WAYS TO START CLEANING, DECLUTTERING, AND ORGANIZING
Organizing and decluttering can be customized to your preferences. It’s important not to burden yourself by attempting to tackle everything all at once. A thorough deep cleaning isn’t necessary.
Here are 8 ways you can start decluttering and organizing your space today:
- Sorting through paperwork and shredding documents that are no longer needed
- Sorting through your closet and donating clothes you no longer wear
- Going through your bookshelf and donating books you no longer read or need
- Organizing your desk drawers and discarding any unnecessary items
- Cleaning out your refrigerator and discarding expired food items
- Sorting through your makeup and discarding any expired or unused products
- Organizing your shoe collection and donating shoes that no longer fit or are worn out.
- Clearing out your pantry and organizing your food items by category
Comment below some other ways you can start small and declutter a space in your home.
Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself while you clean. Stay hydrated, take breaks when needed, and listen to music or a podcast to make the experience more enjoyable. And remember, it’s okay to ask for help or hire a professional if needed.
Overall, cleaning, decluttering, and organizing can be a powerful tool for improving your mental health and well-being. So, take advantage of the season and give your home and mind a refreshing start.
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