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April is for Spring Cleaning

As the flowers start to bloom and the sun shines a little brighter, the pleasant spring winds bring with it the excitement of longer days and new beginnings! Together, these factors make spring the perfect time to air out our homes, clean out the grime that has built up over the winter and create a fresh, clean start. So, what exactly are the benefits of spring cleaning and why should we do it?

Here are the top 3 health benefits of spring cleaning - in case you need some motivation to get started:

  1. Cleaning supports a strong immune system

    Are you someone who suffers from seasonal allergies? It may not only be pollen that is responsible for those sneezing fits and itchy eyes. Dust, mildew, mold, pet dander and even bugs can be big immune system triggers for people prone to allergies. Since we don’t open our windows during the cold months, our homes tend to gather a lot of these pollutants during the winter. Many environmental experts have said that the pollution inside your home can often be worse than outdoor air pollution!

    Throw on your favorite playlist and reduce the build up of these immune system disruptors in your home. Regularly vacuum your carpets, furniture and upholstery and clean out potentially damp areas such as bathrooms, basements and garages regularly.

  2. Cleaning reduces stress

    The physical act of cleaning may turn your brain off for a bit - allowing you to relax your mind. So while cleaning may seem like a repetitive, mindless task, that may actually be just what your brain needs to de-stress. Not to mention, eliminating external clutter may help you free yourself from internal mental clutter.

    Cleaning can even become a way to practice mindfulness if approached with intentionality and awareness!

  3. A clean space helps increase your productivity

    The nature of clutter in your direct environment has significant effects on your ability to focus, studies have shown. When you are less distracted by the chaos that surrounds you or the extra things piled up in your home, you actually free up mental space that allows you to concentrate on any given task more fully. While not everyone loves the process of cleaning itself, the end result can leave most feeling extremely satisfied! A neat and tidy, fresh smelling home can naturally boost endorphins in the brain and improve energy levels. Give your brain and your space a happiness buzz.

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