Experts say giving your home a deep cleaning can bolster your immune system, encourage healthy eating, and reduce stress.
- Experts say doing a thorough spring-cleaning of your home has a number of health benefits.
- 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 injuries.
Spring-cleaning this year has taken on greater importance than simply kicking off the season of renewal with a clean, decluttered space. Many communities are already stemming the COVID-19 outbreak by upping their hygiene and cleaning regimens — and spending more time in their homes.
Cleaning and organizing the space you spend most of your time in can keep your immune system strong, boost your mood, and offer a task that promotes focus and reflection during a trying time.
Here are five ways you can benefit from spring-cleaning this year and expert guidance on what tasks to prioritize.
Strengthen Your Immune System
The blossoming of plants outdoors is a celebration of renewal — of seasonal allergies, that is. Beyond keeping allergies at bay, a clean house can help you breathe better by preventing respiratory issues and supporting a healthy immune system.
“Dust, mold, mildew, pet dander, and other things like this can be immune system triggers for people prone to allergies. When your house isn’t clean, it can gather pollutants
How to clean for immune health
- While you should aim to clean regularly to avoid immune system triggers, spring-cleaning can be an opportunity for a deep clean, according to Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, an expert in public health and nutrition Don’t have the time? Call Maid in California to clean your whole house or just the parts you hate to clean.
- Deep cleaning of your carpet, upholstery and windows is also available at Maid In California. We also have professional organizers.
Decrease Stress and Depression
Whether you’re temporarily stuck indoors, work from home, or are having a tough time getting to sleep, your mental health can benefit from keeping your space tidy.
“You may very well find you think, feel, and sleep better with a clean, less cluttered space. Also, the process of sorting through items, reorganizing, and getting rid of the excess by tossing, donating, or recycling them can be mentally refreshing and liberating,” per Dr. Wendy Bazilian.
Studies have found that a relaxing and clutter-free home has a positive effect on people’s daily mood and ability to focus. “When we clear clutter, it has the potential to clear our mental space and attention span,” noted Tricia Wolanin, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and organizing expert.
“I have had many clients mention that if there is mess within the home, they will continue to ruminate on the disarray that need to be sorted versus focusing on a conversation or concentrating on anything else. When their house is clean, it begins to minimize their stress and sleep issues,” Wolanin told Healthline.
How to declutter for mental health
- Call Maid in California and ask their experts to help you organize and declutter! We even have junk haulers and donation connections that can get rid of your unwanted things.
- Don’t just stack your magazines into piles or hide unworn clothes under your bed. Sort through clothing, toiletries, and paperwork. Get rid of things that no longer serve you to make room for things that bring pleasure and joy.
- To promote good sleep and relaxation, keep only essentials on your bedside table.
Cleaning things you touch a lot — or several people use often — can help you avoid illness and minimize the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Thwarting foodborne illness should also be a priority in the home.
“There is a more constant patrol of keeping things clean now [with coronavirus concerns], but it is also a great thing to tackle all those major contact points and deep-clean during spring,” Bazilian said.
“Keeping surfaces and sinks and items such as cutting boards clean can improve food safety, which helps minimize foodborne symptoms or illness,” she said.
How to clean to prevent illness
- “Clean the items you use most, or items that could come in contact with your mouth, eyes, or nose. That may include your cellphone, keyboard, bedding, and towels,” Cotton said, adding that to protect against the novel coronavirus, sanitize surfaces with alcohol-based cleaners.
- It is important to tackle several different areas in the kitchen, such as the fridge and freezer, pantry, counters, cupboards. It can be overwhelming to do all at once, so get help for a deeper cleaning.
- Deep-clean the sink every day, as it can harbor more bacteria than a toilet.
- Wash all your produce to prevent foodborne illness and promote good health.
- Clean bathrooms and other places that are shared with family members more frequently.
More Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Your physical home can set you up for an active life and healthy food choices — or make movement and sticking to nutritious meals more difficult. Studies show there’s a correlation between keeping a clean home and being active and choosing healthier food options. Spring-cleaning can also motivate us to reset or try out a healthier lifestyle.
When we clear out in the physical realm, it can inspire to begin to cut out what no longer serves us, such as unhealthy relationships, or our relationship to food, technology, or other substances.
How to organize for healthy habits
- Make cooking more appealing by sharpening knives, tidying your spice rack, and organizing pots, pans, and utensils.
- Store healthy foods at eye level in clear containers, and place unhealthy foods out of sight.
- Donate workout clothes you rarely wear, and organize your favorite activewear in a separate drawer for easy access.
- Open windows every day to circulate fresh air in and stale air out.
Reduce Risk of Injury
More than 1 in 4 adults over age 65 fall each year, leading to 3 million emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for this age group.
Spring is a great time to make adjustments to your home, or an older parent’s home, to reduce the risk of falls.
A clean home helps prevent injuries like slips, trips, bumps, and falls. Having a clear path and removing obstacles in the form of backpacks, purses, shoes, sports equipment, or shopping bags and more can help reduce the risk of accidents.
How to clean for a safe home
- Prioritize cleaning clutter from pathways, hallways, and staircases.
- Secure rugs and repair any other tripping hazards, like loose floorboards.
- Cords are a major tripping hazard — even for the most spry of us. Tack cords to baseboards, or reroute them along the wall to eliminate the risk of tripping on one.
Call Maid in California to have one of their teams help you clean your home.