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How to Take Spring Cleaning to the Next Level This Season

Spring cleaning is a tradition seemingly as old as time itself. But when it comes time to clear out the cobwebs, your home likely isn't the only area that needs attention. It's just as important to clean up yourself, too! If the average household has almost 300,000 things in it, imagine all the clutter inside of you that needs taking care of. Here are a few ways you can make spring cleaning your home and your body a cinch.

Clean Out the Fridge

Cleaning out your refrigerator might not seem like the most entertaining task in the world. That's because it isn't. But you can use this as an opportunity to reexamine the way your body feels and the dietary choices you're making. As you're clearing out condiments and half-empty jars of olives from your fridge, think about how those foods make you feel when you eat them. If ranch dressing makes your stomach churn every time you eat it, why is it in the house? Do you wish there were more fruits and veggies in your fridge? Now is the time to make space for them. While you're at it, consider overhauling your current diet completely if you want. Veganism has increased by almost 600% over the last three years just in the United States. With such an astronomical increase in popularity, there are more resources now than ever to help you get started on a new dietary journey. And at the end of the day, your fridge will be as organized as ever.

Get Some Yardwork Done

Spring is the perfect time to get your lawn maintenance done. The weather is warming up, there are leaves that need raking, and it's the perfect opportunity for you to get some exercise in. Yes, exercise. Whether you make an effort to exercise regularly or not, there's no denying the fact that physical activity is good for your body and your brain. And you don't have to go running to reap those rewards for yourself. In fact, yard work is a pretty intense workout as it is, especially after a long winter of cold and snow. Tasks like raking up leaves, digging holes for new plants, and weeding all provide excellent upper body workouts. And if you're really in the mood to sweat, consider cutting the grass. It can help you increase the amount of walking you do in a day, and pushing around a lawnmower is definitely not an easy task. If one of your goals is to get more active, taking a more active role in your lawn maintenance could help.

Organize Your Closet

Clearing out your cluttered closet is a staple on the spring cleaning to-do list. And while you're tossing old clothes and putting away your winter sweaters, take a moment to think about just how much has changed since you last cleaned out your closet. Maybe you accomplished a weight loss goal. All of those old clothes that are now too big can be a nice reminder of how far you've come. If you rediscover an older piece of clothing that you loved, pause and think about a time when that item helped you enjoy life. Spring cleaning might be about clearing out physical clutter, but mental clutter can be just as burdensome. It's easy to let your mind get cluttered up with fear, anxiety, and stress. Clearing out the unnecessary can help you prioritize what's important.

Deep Clean Your House

Deep cleaning takes a lot of work. It's time-consuming! But if you have seasonal allergies, deep cleaning can be the solution your body needs to function. In this case, cleaning your house is also cleaning your sinuses! And if you live in one of the 38.9 million households in the U.S. or 38% of Canadian households that have cats, you probably already know how important it is to deep clean when the weather gets warm and the shedding begins. Deep cleaning means dusting, vacuuming, organizing, and sanitizing. When was the last time you dusted off your shelves? Cleaned the couch cushion covers? Allergens hide in the sneakiest places. When pollen and dust can be tracked in so easily, keeping up with cleaning is a must to make sure your allergies are kept at bay.

Spring cleaning might seem superficial, but there are so many benefits outside of organizing your house. When you consider all of the opportunities spring cleaning affords you for better physical and mental health, you just might start getting excited about this annual ritual.

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