Edmonton has had a moody spring, but I think we can finally say – it’s spring. Yes, it can still snow well into May, but there are bursting buds, the lawns are greening, and the feeling of newness is in the air. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning. And, while this might seem like the last thing you want to do when it’s finally nice enough to have BBQs and fun outside, there are some great benefits to spring cleaning above the joy of a tidy home.

It’s good for mental health

Stress and anxiety can do a real number on not just your mental health, but your physical health as well. If you clean vigorously enough, you can reduce stress much like you would with exercise. But, more than that, the act of clearing clutter that takes up space in your home helps to make space in your brain so you can feel more relaxed. It helps you feel more in control, more empowered, and allows you to focus on other things.

It helps you snooze

Of course, if you have regular insomnia, you’ll need more than just clean sheets to help you sleep. But according to a Sleep Foundation Survey, a tidy bedroom does help people fall asleep easier. When you don’t see reminders of all the things you have to do tomorrow, your mind has an easier time letting go, which will help you unwind. It gives you an environment that promotes peace and makes it easier to drift off. Plus, clean sheets always feel and smell so good.

It helps you breathe easier

Spring can be a rough time for allergy sufferers. What helps is to keep your house clean and free of dust, dander and mildew that can aggravate your symptoms. You should clean carpets, upholstery, and ductwork if you have respiratory issues. This will help give your system some well-deserved reprieve from allergens.

It allows you to surround yourself with things that spark joy

Perhaps you have heard of the Marie Kondo decluttering question: “does it spark joy?”. Going through your current belongings and making sure that everything in your space is intentional and loved will help make you feel happier and less stressed. If you have something in your space that reminds you of times you’d rather forget, or that just doesn’t do it for you anymore, this is a great time to set it free. You and your home will feel a bit lighter.

It eliminates things that annoy you

Yes, spring cleaning is about cleaning. But this is also a time to complete all those uncompleted projects – squeaky stairs, chipped paint – that annoy you. The projects you would fix if you were selling your home – why not tend to them while you are enjoying your home? Spring cleaning is a great time to look around, see what is annoying you and finding a solution.

Spring cleaning can be a dreaded task, but it can also be a way to feel better in your space. I’d love to hear what you like about spring cleaning! Let me know in the comments.

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