How Spring Cleaning Will Help Declutter More Than Just Your Room

By Chelsea Becker
Cleaning out the cobwebs!
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It's that time of year again - time for spring cleaning! While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of a more organized closet, less clutter, and more room in your home, turns out it can help declutter your mind, too. Here are some ways spring cleaning will help declutter your life:

  1. Increases creativity - Clutter can wreak major havoc on the creative side of your brain since it impacts the ability to focus. When there's a ton of extra stuff laying around, it lowers our ability to process new information and makes us feel more chaotic overall. Ridding your space of clutter will give your home and your mind a clean slate - get ready for those creative juices to start flowing!

  1. Feel more in control - There's something about taking control of your space that's totally empowering. Cleaning in general, while not the most fun at the time, gives a real sense of accomplishment and control. Those who partake in a deep spring cleaning and organizing sesh are more likely to also take charge of their health, especially when it comes to weight loss.

  1. Reduce stress - Having too much stuff can increase stress by constantly distracting us and overwhelming our senses - think piles of clothes and stacks of unread magazines. By ridding ourselves of extra things we no longer need, we're giving ourselves a fresh start. Spring cleaning can be compared to having a weight lifted off your shoulders (umm - yes please!)

  1. Be surrounded by things you love - We all have those items in our closet that are just MEH, but that we could totally live without. When you're spring cleaning, you should aim to get rid of anything that you don't absolutely love.

    As a general rule, if you haven't worn or used something in the last year, chances are you probably don't love it.

    But what if you come across something you've used in the last year that you don't love? We think you should ditch it. Owning a ton of material possessions can represent internal clutter - getting rid of all that clutter makes space to bring in more of what you love. And let's be honest, we should all surround ourselves with more of what we love!
  1. Increase work efficiency - Spring cleaning at work can have a bigger impact than you might think. If you have too many tabs open on your laptop, or tons of paperwork on your desk, you probably get easily overwhelmed by visual clutter. Keeping your computer and desk space free of clutter will make you more efficient at work. Who knew spring cleaning could also boost productivity!?