When it comes to cleaning, there are two schools of thought — either you love it or you hate it. If you love it, when the time for spring cleaning comes around, you are most probably armed and ready with a decluttering method a la Marie Kondo or a methodical list of which rooms need to be cleaned, what needs to be sorted through and what needs to be reorganized.
If, however, you’re on the team that hates cleaning, the idea of spring cleaning is probably abhorrent to you. While you enjoy a clean, tidy environment, the thought of actually going through the motions makes you want to curl up and cry. And in this case, there are two choices — either you do the spring cleaning, or you don’t.
If you DON’T do spring cleaning, nothing terrible will happen. The ceiling won’t cave in and the walls won’t shake beneath your feet. You’ll just be left with the same old mess that sometimes you sort through, and sometimes you don’t. HOWEVER, if you make a valiant attempt to tackle your house from top to bottom the way that spring cleaners do, you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.
Cleaning As Stress Relief
Not only will spring cleaning result in the obvious — a clean and tidy house — but it can also be a great way to relieve stress. Those who dislike cleaning with a passion may argue that the very thought of cleaning creates stress, but remember, that is only the THOUGHT of it. Once you start doing it, you can experience the many extra benefits that come along with it, including stress relief, exercise, and saving money.
5 Home Design Tips to Relieve Stress
If the idea of stress relief is enough to make you pick up your broom and dustpan, check out these home design tips that can relieve stress. Once you’re cleaning already, implementing new home decor ideas can also be a welcome breath of fresh air.
According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, keeping a plant in the house and tending to it can reduce stress and anxiety. There is virtually no downside to this idea — plants are beautiful, can brighten your home, and are quite affordable.
Multiple studies have shown that clutter can lead to an increase in levels of cortisol, the hormone that causes stress. Therefore, getting rid of clutter can reduce stress in a significant way. Because parting with certain items can be hard, find a decluttering system that works for you. A system can help you determine what you should keep and what you should toss.
Choose Light Colors
Bright, bold colors can be stimulating and lead to stress. Light, gentle colors, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. But you don’t only need to stick with boring white — there are many light colors you can choose that will have a soothing effect on your mood.
If your house or apartment is not naturally flooded with sunlight, there are ways you can maximize whatever sunlight does get in. Make sure furniture doesn’t block the windows, pull up curtains, and keep your windows clean. Exposure to sunlight can alleviate stress and reduce the risk of major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern (formerly known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD).
Choose the Right Bed
If you sleep on a mattress that is not comfortable, you can literally lose sleep over it. Plus, sleeping on uncomfortable mattresses can increase chronic pain and backaches. Therefore, including a mattress that is comfortable for you in your home decor is crucial for stress-relief. Bear in mind that a mattress that is great for your friend may not be great for you — everyone sleeps differently and requires a different level of support and mattress firmness. While a new mattress can be a significant investment, the results can be worthwhile.
The Benefits of Reducing Stress
If you’re someone who hates to clean and have managed to tackle spring cleaning despite your aversion to it, give yourself a pat on the back. If you love cleaning and have incorporated all new kinds of ideas and organizational hacks, give yourself a pat on the back as well. When it comes to spring cleaning, everyone who does it deserves a round of applause, and when it comes to home design that reduces stress, anyone who does it is a winner.
The benefits of living life with minimal stress are many. Chronic stress can lead to all sorts of unpleasant issues like increased risk of heart disease, obesity, upset stomach, mental health issues, and more. When you are able to reduce stress, you can benefit from the flip side of being physically and mentally healthy. This can lead to an increased quality of life all-around.
Additionally, being physically and mentally healthy can lead to lower rates on life insurance. When your quality of life is high in these two spheres, life insurance companies usually offer lower monthly premiums.
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