7 Surprising Benefits of a Spring Clean

Brighter days and sunny skies are finally on the way, with our thoughts turning to freshening up our homes, clearing out cupboards, de-cluttering rooms and having a good Spring clean.

But as well as making your home look, feel and smell lovely, did you know Spring cleaning can have some surprising emotional, psychological and physical health benefits?

woman wearing a mask and gloves cleaning surfaces |  shark vacuum benefits of a spring clean
  1. Spring cleaning can help reduce stress

In need of a fresh start? The process of sorting through your things, deciding what you want to keep and recycling or donating unwanted items can be liberating. Cleaning can also provide a distraction and give you something to control – researchers at the University of Connecticut theorised that during times of stress people gravitate towards repetitive actions, such as cleaning, in order to regain control.

  1. A tidy home helps you make healthier choices

Yes, really! Your surroundings can influence your preferences and choices. Disorganisation is associated with less physical activity, but according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, organization and order have been associated with choosing to eat more healthily and being more generous.


  1. Reduce your risk of at-home injuries

Cleaning and tidying can help prevent slips, trips and falls in the home. Keep hallways, stairs and doorways clear of obstacles and make sure you have a dedicated home for everyday objects that tend to end up on the floor – shoes, bags and sports equipment are regular offenders! Now is a great time to reorganise – use cable tidies to keep power cords and cables out of the way and repair any tripping hazards such as loose floorboards.


  1. Spring cleaning can help to keep allergies at bay

A clean home can support a healthy immune system and help to prevent some respiratory issues and allergies triggered by dust, mould, mildew and pet hair. These pollutants can all gather over the winter months – focus on lesser-cleaned areas such as lights and lamps, the legs of furniture, on top of picture frames, mirrors, cupboards and bookcases.


  1. It can save you money in the long run

When you can see what you’ve got, you’re less likely to forget you already own something and buy a duplicate. You may even discover things you forgot you had! Keeping your home clean and tidy also means taking better care of your possessions, which can last longer as a result.

  1. A clean bedroom can improve your sleep

According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 62% of people said that a clean bedroom makes all the difference to a good night’s sleep. People who reported making their bed in the morning were also 19% more likely to rest well every night.

  1. Are you thinking “What’s the point, it will just get messy again”?

Wrong! Studies have shown that people litter more in littered environments – if your desk is messy, you’re likely to keep adding to the problem; but once you tidy and clean, you won’t want to spoil your hard work. Clean one room and see how you feel – you might just give yourself a boost of motivation to keep going!