Spring Cleaning as a Wellness Practice

by Shelby Wood

As we welcome Spring’s more mild weather and longer days it’s time to think about the infamous Spring Cleaning! Whether you love it or hate it, it turns out there are some wellness benefits. The video below from Mayo Clinic News Network highlights some of these safety factors to consider as you prepare for your projects.

After a review of safety tips we might now consider the benefits of the Spring Clean. According to Dawn Potter, PsyD cleaning is good for several reasons:

“Cleaning produces a tangible result that we can both see and feel,” Dr. Potter says. (ClevelandClinic.org, 2022)

Potter continues noting that: cleaning helps you de-stress; you may feel more peaceful; it can help improve focus; allows for reduced hazards; encourages movement and helps fend off depression.  (ClevelandClinic.org, 2022)

I find spring cleaning more enjoyable when I do the following:

  • use cleaning products that I like the scent of – usually something Rose scented by Mrs. Meyers
  • listen to a Podcast, Audiobook (why not using your library card on Libbie?)  or music
  • focus on completing one task at a time
  • take breaks when needed

*These are anecdotal and work for me personally. While these may not work for you, I’d love you to comment below and let me know what helps make your spring cleaning more enjoyable.

Works Cited:

“Mayo Clinic Minute: Spring Cleaning Health and Safety Tips.” Youtube, Mayo Clinic News Network, 19 Apr. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJesnXZCF_s.

Nowak, Claire. “10 Unexpected Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning.” Reader’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, 4 Aug. 2021, https://www.rd.com/list/spring-cleaning-benefits/.

“Spring Cleaning Is Good for Your Health – Yes, Really!” Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, 8 Apr. 2022, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-spring-cleaning-isnt-just-good-for-your-home-but-your-mood-too/.

“Spring Cleaning: 5 Health Benefits to Decluttering Your Life.” Mather Hospital, 16 Mar. 2018, https://www.matherhospital.org/wellness-at-mather/health-wellness/spring-cleaning-5-health-benefits-to-decluttering-your-life/.

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to support your friends and neighbors, while being active and seeing tangible results, please join our community-wide Spring clean with…

Day of Service and Green Up Day 

We’re back with Lyme’s Day of Service and Green Up Day! In 2020, we spread our Day of Service into  many “days” of service to help mitigate pandemic issues. In 2021, we organized outdoor service projects and road clean-up on the traditional first Saturday in May following Covid safety protocols. This year, we’re happy to announce that we are  back to a more traditional Day of Service and Green Up Day. This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. We will feel the spirit of the Lyme Community! We are seeking to coordinate a community picnic lunch – more information to come.

Would you like to help complete neighbors’ projects (if large, broken into 2-hour slots)?
Click here to sign up now.
*More projects will continue to be added too, so please check back! 

Would you like to help Green Up Lyme roads?
Click here to sign up now.

Do you or someone you know have a project that could use some generous helping hands? Do you have questions or suggestions? Please contact shelby@cclyme.org or 802-468-7776.

Need a hand? Lend a hand! Saturday, May 7th.

Shelby Wood
Shelby WoodManager of Program Development, CommunityCare of Lyme

If you have a wellness themed topic you would like to share or learn more about, and/or blog/vlog about as an expert in a health/wellness related field, please reach out to shelby@cclyme.org. 

Shelby Wood
Manager of Program Development
CommunityCare of Lyme