With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, many people start to think about deep cleaning their house. The chore may seem mundane, but tidying up comes with a handful of health benefits.
An organized environment can positively impact your ability to focus, and, by extension, your productivity. If you’re working from home, it’s especially important to create a space that’s free of clutter (i.e., distractions). Doing so sets you up for greater success by helping you concentrate.
Reduces risk of injury
Decluttering your floors can reduce the risk of tripping and make your home safer—especially when you remove items such as throw rugs, clothes and shoes from frequently trafficked areas. Not only does this decrease your chances of falling, it allows you to escape more easily in case of an emergency like a fire.
Less mess equals less stress. Clutter has been linked to making people feel more negative emotions such as tension, worry and irritability. On the other hand, cleanliness and organization have been associated with helping people feel more satisfied, content and calm.
Benefits immune system
The buildup of dust, dirt, mildew and pet dander can trigger people with allergies. Eliminate these pollutants by:
- Vacuuming furniture, carpets and curtains
- Washing bedding
- Dusting furniture and floorboards
- Cleaning out damp places such as bathrooms and laundry rooms
You also can prevent illnesses by disinfecting places that tend to be germy. Think kitchen sinks, countertops, doorknobs, toilets and faucet handles.
Spring into action
Spring cleaning can feel like a big chore. Take breaks often and allow yourself time to rest between tasks. You also can make it more enjoyable by turning on your favorite music, audiobook or podcast to pass the time. And don’t forget: Cleaning is considered a low-impact activity that can raise your heart rate, so grab the vacuum, disinfectant and duster and begin reaping the health benefits of spring cleaning.
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