With the first day of spring behind us, warm weather and outdoor fun are just around the corner. And so is spring cleaning. It’s a time when many will go through their homes, organizing rooms and spaces and decluttering their surroundings. 

If you haven’t started your spring cleaning yet, here’s one good reason to start: Spring cleaning can boost your wellness and promote the development of a variety of healthy habits for life.

Now, with so many people working, learning, and living from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art of spring cleaning has become more important than ever. “There’s a reason why organizing shows are so popular right now,” explains Michigan-based mental health counselor Kelly Houseman. “You feel physically lighter when you’re decluttering your house.”

Feeling physically lighter, Houseman explains, can do everything from boost productivity to relieve stress. They’re just two examples of the myriad of health and wellness benefits that spring cleaning can provide. For many, spring cleaning can be used as a form of self-care.

Professional organizer Andrea Wolf of Organize Detroit calls spring cleaning a “lifestyle.” “It’s not about labels and making things look perfect,” she says. “It’s about a healthy mindset.”

If you’re considering — or well into the process — of spring cleaning, here are four surprising wellness benefits you might enjoy and why you should make this seasonal routine a priority.

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