It’s National Cleaning Week! As we say “hello!” to spring, it’s time to put away the winter essentials and break out the cleaning supplies. While nearly 80% of Americans report engaging in spring cleaning to get their house ready for the new season, there is more to a clean house than meets the eye: research suggests the act of cleaning has a significant impact on your mental health.
What Can Spring Cleaning Do for Your Mental Health?
Studies show cleaning can:
- Reduce fatigue
- Increase focus
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety
- Alleviate stress
Another study by Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that too many visual stimuli (i.e., dirty dishes, laundry, dust, clutter) make it difficult to focus and lead to negative emotions. Just think about those dirty windows and how that makes you feel.
Shine is sharing our top tips to transition into fair weather with a clean house and healthy mindset.
Make & Keep A Spring Cleaning Schedule
A schedule will turn your spring cleaning from an intimidating, time-consuming project to actionable items broken up over a week. Be realistic about how much time you have and start with your most high-traffic areas first.
Next, identify the cleaning tasks each room needs from top to bottom (ceiling to floor), and voila! Plug each room and set of tasks into a day on your calendar. Your schedule will keep you on track and keep you from getting overwhelmed as you encounter things that need cleaning.
When you feel overwhelmed thinking about cleaning your windows, screens or outside areas like your deck or patio, give the local experts at Shine a call. Find the location nearest you now.
Make Cleaning a Family Affair
Remember the old saying, “Many hands make for light work”? It’s true! Getting the whole family involved makes spring cleaning a more manageable and efficient task. Share your spring cleaning schedule with your family and assign everyone a job.
Keep things age-appropriate — if you have little ones, give them tasks at their level, such as organizing their toys by color, putting laundry in a basket or wiping baseboards and furniture legs. If you have teens, let them choose a task they may enjoy and give them a set time frame to get it done.
If you’re like most families we serve, you may be pulled in too many directions to tackle the larger house cleaning projects. Let the Shine family help with that. Reach out to us today.
Make Spring Cleaning Fun
Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring! Listen to a podcast or audiobook, make it a workout by tracking your calorie burn on your fitness watch. If your family is helping out, set a timer and make it a game (whoever cleans the most baseboards gets to pick dinner). Take turns picking music. When you make it through your whole spring cleaning schedule, celebrate! Go to a movie as a family, take the day off to enjoy your spotless house or order lunch from your favorite restaurant.
At Shine, fun is one of our core values! If you’d rather spend your time having fun with your family and friends this spring, we get it and are here to help. Get a FREE estimate from your nearest Shine location now.
Call Shine for Spring Window Cleaning & More
You don’t have to tackle spring cleaning alone! Your local Shine is here to help you feel great about your entire home inside and out. When the spring sun is finally shining through your windows, the last thing you want to see is the dirt, dust, grime and water spots built up from the cooler months.
Our state-of-the-art window washing service will leave your windows crystal clear, inside and out Shine can also clean your screens of build-up, making them look brand new while preventing mold growth and extending the life of the screen. Our soft wash or pressure washing services will clear away stubborn mildew, moss and dirt from your home’s exterior, deck, walkways and driveway for a stunning, polished finish.
There’s a lot to enjoy about Spring. Take advantage of National Cleaning Week and relax. Just call your local Shine today!