Major psychological research has linked disorder to stress and anxiety and has found that household chores have a positive mental health benefit. If you feel better when your house is clean, rather than when it looks like it was hit by a tornado, you're not alone. In fact, Clorox researchers surveyed 2000 people and found that every hour of cleaning you do each week is associated with a 53% increase in overall happiness. The survey found that people who actually enjoy cleaning are also 25% happier overall.
The great thing about spring cleaning (donating those old clothes, piles of books and magazines, and anything else you lie about) is that it's an opportunity to create a new beginning for yourself. While I've experienced the benefits of spring cleaning first-hand, I've also seen many people in my therapy office tell me that their mental health improved after doing a little spring cleaning. There's something so satisfying about deep cleaning and that purge of dust, dirt, and mess that inspires a sense of renewed energy. However, spring cleaning can bring other unexpected benefits when it comes to mental health.
You can make spring cleaning more fun by playing music or listening to your favorite podcast while you clean. Whether that means encouraging your neighbor to stop by for coffee or it involves inviting parents when your children have a play date, you might feel good with people who come to your house after you've done the spring cleaning. Not only can cleaning make your house look better, but spring cleaning can also benefit your mental health. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - The warm weather makes many of us want to go outside and, for some, it's also causing spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning can bring a sense of relief to people cleaning their homes as a reminder that the weather is heating up and the days are getting longer.