It’s March, and spring is definitely in the air. The weather is warmer, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming—there is a renewed sense of energy that surrounds us as we begin our long-awaited approach to summer. And often, with that renewed energy comes a renewed sense of organization and a deep-felt urge to clean. And you know how we feel about “clean” around here!

A Brief History of Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning has a lengthy history in North America. Long before the vacuum cleaner made our lives easier, March was often the best time to rid homes of dust and dirt. By being able to open the doors and windows, and with the higher winds, the house could finally “air out.” It also represented a time to stop running coal furnaces, providing the first real opportunity in months to clean out the soot that crept its way onto every surface over the winter months. These common-sense reasons from times of the past were coupled with human nature. We may not hibernate like bears, but we are sleepier when there are fewer hours of daylight. When the days get longer in spring, our energy levels soar like the birds flying above us.

Benefits of Spring Cleaning

There’s much more to spring cleaning than sparkling floors and crystal-clear windows. In fact, the benefits affect us in many significant ways on a personal level. One of those most obvious benefits is, of course, easier breathing. Dust and pet dander are common culprits for allergy and asthma sufferers, and cleaning helps to reduce them on surfaces and in the air. Cleaning can also reduce exposure to germs and even reduce risks of injuries (cleaning up that clutter on the floor). But one of the most crucial benefits is the impact on our mental health.

Over the years, many studies have demonstrated the alignment between cleaning and mental health. Clutter and messy areas lead to decreased focus and stress and have even been linked to depression. To the brain, clutter represents unfinished business, which can be highly stressful for most people. Simply, more clutter equals more stress, so eliminating it and cleaning helps to reduce stress. Seeing your house clean and organized nearly automatically brings a sense of calm, improving your mood, and even increasing productivity.

When you’re ready for all of these clean-home benefits, make sure that your cleaning supplies are also clean. For example, you may want to swap out your cleaning cloths with Norwex’s EnviroCloth, your glass cleaner and paper towels with Norwex’s Window Cloth, your dusting sprays with Norwex’s Dusting Mitt, and your dryer sheets with Norwex’s Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls. See the difference for yourself when you shop Norwex products here.

As you clean your way through your home this month, take note of how it feels to be in a clutter-free, clean space. And remember, these feelings don’t have to be limited to the spring, nor should they be. More than ever before, people are working from home, so the positive, and negative, impacts of cleaning are even more pronounced on our bodies and state of mind.

Tips for a Clean Lifestyle this Spring

The same basic principles of why we feel the need to clean in the spring and the benefits of doing so apply to living a clean lifestyle. As you pay attention to cleaning and organizing your house this spring, also pay attention to what activities you engage in, what you’re eating, and what products you’re cleaning with. If spring cleaning can help your health and well-being, imagine what clean living can do. Here are three tips to try this spring:

  1. Eat more in-season fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect time to reset your body after all the heavy foods of the winter. Take advantage of spring farmer’s markets to get local, seasonal, organic produce. When you spring clean, don’t forget to clean out that fridge and pantry and eliminate as many processed foods as possible.
  2. Stay hydrated. There’s no doubt it—it’s warmer outside, meaning your body will lose more moisture. Be proactive with your water intake to prevent dehydration. Our friends at Nikken believe in the power of hydration too. Water is life, so for the month of March, Nikken is offering four packs of Special PiMag® Water Packs to double your benefits. According to Nikken, “Each pack has two state-of-the-art PiMag® products that not only hydrate, they also help lower exposure to contaminants and make water more alkaline and less acidic. Alkaline water enhances negative oxidation reduction potential (ORP) to boost water’s ability to act as an antioxidant.” And now, when you purchase one at regular price, you can get the second at 50% off.
  3. Get some sun (but not too much!). Increase your outdoor activity—take a walk; start, or tend to, a garden; play outdoor sports or games—all of which engage your senses. After being cooped up all winter, it’s good to get the blood flowing. While you’re out there, the Vitamin D from the sun will increase bone health and improve other body functions, while the light itself releases serotonin, boosting your mood as it does.

Spring is a time of possibility and a time of change. Use this month to consider what possibilities you have to live cleaner (literally and figuratively) and what changes you can make to your environment and habits to help you view things from a new, healthier, re-energized perspective.

For more information on how we can work together, visit my website, or schedule a call. As always, I’d be happy to help guide you along your wellness path.

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