There are some things that are not only good for you physically, but also affect your mental wellbeing. There’s the obvious things exercise and eating well, but doctors are now saying spring cleaning is…
There are some things that are not only good for you physically, but also affect your mental wellbeing. There are the obvious things: exercising and eating well, but doctors are now saying spring cleaning is great for both your mental and your physical health.
Some people love cleaning, we admire them. Most of us do not. However, focusing on the benefits of cleaning makes the work a little more appealing. Experts say doing a thorough spring-cleaning of your home has several health perks. For starters, a clean home can strengthen your immune system and help you avoid illnesses. A decluttered house can also reduce stress and depression as well as help avoid tripping and other injuries.
For immune health, consider cleaning safe surfaces with a disinfectant, especially after this past year. Getting rid of germs is incredibly important. Dust! Get rid of all those skin cells (gross!) and dirt that become dust. Get a new filter for your furnace, it helps cut down the amount of time you spend dusting!
Living in a clean decluttered home can also help make you feel more relaxed and focused. Many people find a sense of freedom when they pare down all the stuff that’s accumulated over the year or years! Hey, when you get rid of things that are no longer serving you, you’ll never have to clean those things again!
- Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Clean windowsills and window tracks
- Vacuum curtains and window blinds
- Wipe shoe molding and dust corners for cobwebs
- Test batteries in all your smoke detectors
- Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet handles and light switches
Clean all large appliances, small appliances and surfaces in your kitchen
- Wipe down your microwave, coffeemaker and other small appliances
- Empty the crumb tray in your toaster and toaster oven
- Empty the refrigerator and defrost the freezer
- Clean refrigerator shelves (they may fit in the dishwasher!)
- Clean behind and beneath the refrigerator (those coils get dusty!)
- Clean your oven and scrub the stovetop
- Clear out cabinets and wash the shelves
- Sanitize the sink and clean the inner rim of your sink guard
- Organize drawers and closets (donate any clothes that you didn’t wear!)
- Wash bedding and pillows
- Rotate your mattresses
- Disinfect kids’ toys (throw plastic toys in the dishwasher!)
- Organize cabinets and drawers
- Properly dispose of old medicine and toiletries
- Scrub the shower and bathtub
- Wash the shower curtain and floormat (some can go in the washing machine)
- Scrub the toilet and tile around the toilet
- Clean your keyboard with canned air
- Disinfect your computer mouse and phone
- Remove furniture cushions and vacuum crevasses
- Clean behind the washer and dryer
- Wipe down surfaces
- Thoroughly clean the lint traps in your dryer AND washer
- Remove everything from your garage reorganize (is it time for a sale?)
- Pressure wash your deck and outdoor furniture
- Hose-out your garbage can and recycling bins
- Remove window screens and wash them with a soapy sponge and water
- Wash the outside of your windows before replacing your window screens
Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the Spring-Cleaning Checklist. No sweat, right?
This is a very overwhelming list which no one could ever get done in a day, so absolutely don’t put the stress of trying to get it done quickly on yourself. Some people like to choose one room a week and work on it little by little. Others prefer to focus on one household task at a time, like washing all the windows or dusting the entire house, instead of going room by room. Your house, your style! Check off the tasks you’ve finished, because crossing things off the list is the best feeling ever!
Hopefully, as you start to clean and declutter, the sense of accomplishment and the feeling of calm will motivate you to keep going. Here’s hoping that’s how it goes for us too!