It’s finally springtime! The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining. Oftentimes with Spring right around the corner, spring cleaning starts to pop up in everyone’s mind. Whether it is a deep clean, redecorating, or just a fresh start, spring cleaning can be extremely beneficial for your physical and mental well being. So here are 5 ideas to help get rid of mental and physical clutter this Spring!
- Create a Calm Area
With complicated lives filled with stress and jumbled to-do lists, it’s important to have not just time to yourself but also a place to relax. Working from home means that many people have had to turn the couch or their bed into a workspace which can ruin the relaxing effect those areas previously had. So this spring cleaning season, consider making a reading nook, a meditation space, or even just a comfy chair so that you have somewhere to relax. It could be as simple as a pillow on the floor or maybe even a whole room to relax in. It’s not just adults either, kids can often feel overwhelmed, especially with online learning, so a place to cool down and chill out is great for kids. It has even shown to be very beneficial in emotion management and self-soothing techniques in children.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be crazy, just like any other year, a simple cleaning and decluttering weekend can be just as beneficial. Getting rid of things that no longer serve you to make room for things that bring pleasure and joy has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cleaning can also improve your immune system which is more beneficial than ever in the times of COVID-19. Many other health benefits of cleaning and decluttering include improved heart health, better sleep, increased productivity, and an overall healthier lifestyle.
- Let Go of Everything That is Holding You Back
Spring is such a happy, wonderful time with the sun shining and the flowers blooming, don’t let the little things in your head hold you back from enjoying the present. It may seem necessary to keep negative memories or thoughts, but consider how those are affecting you and how freeing it would be to let them go. Grudges, bad memories, or negative thoughts can only hold us back from our true potential if we let them. It is just as important to declutter your mind as it is to declutter your surroundings. Don’t let your thoughts drag you down and keep you from achieving your goals this year.
- Make a Memory Box
We all have those things that hold precious memories, but we simply don’t have room for them. Don’t get rid of them, put them in a memory box! You could make a picture album for childhood photos, scrapbooks for old art projects, maybe even journal your life and put it in there so that you can look back on it in the future. This way you get to keep all of the meaningful things, while freeing up room for things you need in the present.
- Reinvent Yourself
Our lives were flipped upside down last year and all of us are looking for fresh breath air in 2021. However, the pandemic has also brought about a lot of change in many of us and our space needs to change with us. Having your surroundings reflect who you are as a person can be so beneficial for your mental health especially with how many people are working from home. Reorganize or redecorate your space to create an environment that matches the present you. It doesn’t have to be a drastic makeover, but something as simple as changing up your desk or moving around furniture can create an environment that reflects and uplifts you.
Spring cleaning is one of the most dreaded parts of this season, but it has so many benefits. From an improved immune system to increased productivity, the little things we do to clean up our mental and physical space can help us in the long run. So, take some time to yourself this spring and create an environment and mental state that helps you achieve your goals this year.
By Mahi Kovvuru