This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With April underway, spring cleaning is upon us. It’s time to open the windows, dust off our gardening gloves, and take inventory of what’s in our homes. As we prepare for warmer days ahead, now is a great opportunity to declutter and organize. From stocking up on seasonal produce, to reflecting on your financial goals, spring cleaning goes beyond swapping our winter boots for wide-brimmed hats. A good spring clean involves tapping into all aspects of our well-being.
why is it important to spring clean?
Experts agree: less clutter yields higher productivity. There is something to be said about a fresh, clear space. Advocates for Feng shui talk about this, too. From a mental health perspective, spring cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction. Which, in turn, can improve your mood. There’s no denying the power of getting organized. It can help lower stress, boost energy levels, and provide mental clarity. Once you remove / donate / sell items you no longer need, your brain has more space to focus on essential decision-making. Last but not least, deep cleaning your home will also remove potential allergens — i.e. dust and pollen. You can read more about how dust affects allergens, here.
How to spring clean your home
Rather than spend a full weekend tackling your entire home, use this list to clean. The point is to segment; do 15 minutes of cleaning every day. In turn, this will kick start any larger spring cleaning projects you want to tackle. Have an energizing snack, turn on your favorite music, and get cleaning.
Keep in mind that what you’re using to clean matters. Using a non-toxic household cleaner is better for your home, your health, and the environment. A few of my favorite cleaners are Puracy, Branch Basics, and Force of Nature. Speaking of eco-friendly cleaning, you can swap your paper towels for Swedish dishcloths and your sponges (which harbor unnecessary bacteria) for this wooden scrubber.
To read more about how to spring clean, hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.