After a long winter, spring brings a sense of hope and a feeling of excitement. The weather is changing and we begin to think of all the things we want to do now that things are no longer cold and dreary. However, as we begin to think of how we are going to fill our sunshiny days, we are quickly hit with the reality of all of the things a spring schedule brings. It may be carting kids around to sports practice, meeting work deadlines, social engagements or any other family/work/social responsibilities we may be faced with.
All of this can begin to have us feeling a little anxious. In this time of excitement, some have found that turning to spring cleaning can actually help to calm nerves and anxiousness and begin to de-stress. 70% of Americans say that cleaning their homes offers a feeling of accomplishment and 61% say it makes them feel “distressed” while 54% say they feel a sense of “relaxation” according to a survey of 2,0000 people conducted by OfferUp.
Turns out it is not just a feeling many people share. There is actually a science behind cleaning and feeling less stress. A study published in the journal Mindfulness concluded that people who participated and took the time to smell the soap and enjoy the warmth of the water and the bubbles, said they experienced less nervousness and increased “mental inspiration.”
The Effect of Clutter on the Brain
Many studies done by various researchers have concluded that clutter can be linked to negative emotions on a subconscious level – Emotions such as confusion, tension, irritability, and worry.
When we see clutter we view it as something that needs to be taken care of, but is not getting done. A clean space is a soothing space. If you have ever done a major cleaning of your home you know the feeling after you’re done. It’s one of happiness, accomplishment, calm, and maybe even well-being.
De-cluttering can boost your mood and relieve your stress even if you just spend 10 minutes a day doing something to tidy up. You would be surprised at how much cleaning you can get done in just ten minutes.
Whether you are selling your house and want to get a jump on the decluttering process or just need to destress your brain, a little spring cleaning never hurt anyone
Looking for more ways to spruce up your home for the spring selling season? Give me a call anytime! Let’s take a look at your specific house and I can provide strategic steps to get more buyers in the door and potentially more offers on the table.