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Clear Space, Clear Mind: How Spring Cleaning Boosts Your Mental Health

March is all about the changing of the seasons, which sparks a mindset of refresh and reset. Spring cleaning is an annual occurrence in my home where we remove clutter and donate a lot of items to local charities – but have you ever considered how this tradition can benefit your mental well-being in the process? Here are some powerful ways that spring cleaning your living space can positively influence your mental health:


  • Clarity through Chaos: Our living spaces often mirror the state of our minds. When our homes are cluttered and disorganized, it can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and stress. By taking the time to declutter and tidy up, we create an environment that promotes clarity and calmness. As we clear away physical clutter, we also create space for mental clarity.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Completing tasks, no matter how small, can have a significant impact on our mood and self-esteem. As you tackle each area of your home during spring cleaning, you’ll experience a sense of accomplishment. This sense of achievement can boost your confidence and motivation, setting a positive tone for the days ahead.
  • Physical Activity and Stress Relief: Engaging in physical activity, such as scrubbing floors or rearranging furniture, releases endorphins—the feel-good hormones that help reduce stress and anxiety. Spring cleaning provides an opportunity to get moving and channel any pent-up energy or tension into productive tasks. As you exert yourself physically, you’ll likely find that your mind feels lighter and more relaxed.
  • Creating a Sanctuary: Your home should be a sanctuary—a place where you can unwind, recharge, and feel at peace. By spring cleaning your living space, you’re investing in creating a harmonious environment that supports your mental well-being. Whether it’s rearranging furniture to improve flow, adding plants to bring in natural elements, or creating a cozy reading nook, each change you make contributes to making your home a more welcoming and nurturing space.

Many aspects of a yearly “deep clean” offer positive benefits and skills development that increase my clients’ chances of regulating during times of high stress and anxiety. Helping clients develop healthy habits outside of our sessions is paramount to the work we do and creating a home that feels and inspires positive emotions is one way to achieve this goal!