lady cleaning in evening gownSpring has officially arrived, and along with the warmer weather comes, well, spring-cleaning. It may be a sign of getting older, but somewhere along the way cleaning has somehow become...relaxing? Sure, we put it off now and again (*cough *all the time), but when you truly get into the cleaning mode, there is something truthfully therapeutic about decluttering your home. For those who are a little more skeptical of the benefits of spring-cleaning, we have listed the 5 ways cleaning de-clutters not only your house, but also your mind.

1. Clutter is stressful

This is just a plain and simple fact. When our house is a mess, we always have that in the back of our minds. We may even avoid coming home, because the mess is so overwhelming. Spring-cleaning tip: tackle the clutter and disorganization first—that way everything is out of the way to finish the cleaning process.

2. Swiffer those calories off

Cleaning can be a real workout. You’re vacuuming and climbing all around dusting, and the next thing you know you’ve broken a sweat! When you workout, endorphins are released. And we all learned from Legally Blonde: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands.” The takeaway: cleaning makes you feel good, because you are up and moving about. Spring-cleaning tip: to stay moving and motivated, put on some energetic music!

3. Sense of control

With life being so unpredictable and problems always arising, there is something comforting about cleaning. You know that if the fridge is dirty, you can fix that problem. Having the ability to tangibly make order out of chaos is a reassuring feeling. Spring-cleaning tip: Pinpoint what is overwhelming you the most about cleaning your home, and tackle that first. This will help ease your mind.

4. Peace of mind

There are very few things as frustrating as when you’re trying to get out the door and you can’t find something, because the house is a disaster. Part of the reason cleaning is so relaxing is that it’s so nice simply knowing where everything is. When everything has its own place, your day-to-day routine becomes a lot less hectic. Spring-cleaning tip: When you’re cleaning, don’t just throw everything into drawers and to the top of your closet. Take the time to thoroughly organize each area. By doing so, your house will stay orderly for a longer period of time.

5. Feeling of accomplishment

Doesn’t it always seem like your best cleaning comes when you have other things you need to be doing? That’s because you get a true sense of accomplishment from getting your home into good shape. The next time you have a hard time getting motivated to do something, try cleaning a small area of your home—it’s gets you moving and in the spirit to accomplish other things. Spring-cleaning tip: If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, make a checklist in the order of items you want to accomplish.

What do you love about cleaning? Comment below!