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Spring Cleaning for Your Mental and Physical Health

By Megan Delano on March 18, 2021
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Organization in our living space promotes improved moods, better productivity, as well as overall health. With warm weather quickly approaching, many people tend to practice a well-known ritual of "Spring Cleaning." For some, this may mean a deep clean of your space, donating clothes, or rearranging your furniture for a chance. Not only is this practice good for the aesthetic in your home, but also your mental and physical health.

Creating a clean home environment can lead to more motivation to take care of other tasks that may have been on your to-do list for too long. Developing a regular routine for organization and decluttering is also helpful to promote long-term productivity and wellness. Our space is often a direct reflection of what is going on internally. For example, if your bedroom is a mess, it is probably likely that you are feeling a little unorganized on the inside or are experiencing some difficulty sleeping. Adding organizing to your weekly routines can be a great self-care skill that will support healthy living for the long run. 

Below are 4 quick tips for cleaning your space and healthier living:

  1. Donate/sell items that take up space - Holding onto unused items in hopes of being useful someday adds to clutter. Selling items may be a good idea for extra cash or donate them to your local shelter or thrift store!
  2. De-clutter your bedroom - An organized bedroom can have a big impact on sleep hygiene. Studies have shown that a clean and organized room can decrease levels of stress and anxiety during bedtime, therefore, setting you up for a better night's sleep.
  3. Organize your workshop - Organizing your work space can lead to increase productivity, decreased stress around work in general, and improved focus. Decrease clutter on the desk or items that you don't use in order to have a minimalistic work space. 
  4. Deep clean for physical health - Dust and bacteria around the house can impact various health problems such as asthma, allergies, and other breathing problems. A deep clean of a space can improve air quality as well as increase likelihood of spaces staying clean! 

In addition to these organizing tips, it is also helpful to practice some spring cleaning of your own personal goals! Take an inventory of your current overall health and ask yourself - What bad habits do you want to kick this year? What new goals would you like to focus your energy on? Are there any things on your self to-do list that you have been putting off, such as doctor appointments or starting that new yoga routine? Spring cleaning does not need to be a once a year tradition; adding these quick tips into your schedule on a weekly or monthly basis will have lasting effects on your overall well-being.

For more resources on keeping routines, creating a more productive living environment, or other mental health tips, please reach out to Bay State College's Mental Health Counselor, Megan Delano, at mdelano@baystate.edu.