What are your plans for Earth Day and Spring cleaning?

Updated: Apr 12

Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. This day serves as a reminder for us to clean up our yards and communities from winter dross and litter and to help keep our surroundings looking fresh and clean. Soon our neighbors and friends will start picking up their yards and we will see everything budding and blooming in several shades of green and pops of color.

Another Spring ritual is Spring cleaning for our interior spaces too; making our windows sparkle and completely decluttering. There are so many mental health benefits from this activity, too. It is strongly suggested that you don’t let this ritual pass without creating some clean and sacred space of your own.


Here's why decluttering and cleaning can be beneficial to your health:

  • A deep clean in your home can help inspire a renewed energy within you. Donating clothes, books, and anything else not being used and just creating clutter helps for a restart for you too, like a new beginning.

  • Lots of research has been done on actual housekeeping and your mental health. Clorox polled 2000 people and found that "every hour of cleaning you do each week is associated with a 53% boost in overall happiness”. Wow; hard to believe, but I know I always feel better after cleaning. And not only that but you burn calories too!

  • I think we can all agree that this activity reduces stress and anxiety. A study by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute discovered, "in disorganized spaces people are more stressed, distracted, and less productive”.

What is mental Spring cleaning and why do we need it?


Vidhi Tamboli, counselling psychologist and co-founder of The Mood Space,

likens the act of Spring cleaning our mental space to the urge that we feel

to declutter and clean our homes. “Research suggests that physically cleaning

up messy spaces can lead to reduced levels of stress and anxiety. It stands to

reason that engaging in both physical and emotional spring cleaning can help

you set new goals for yourself in terms of how you prioritize different aspects

of life,” she says.


So kick off this Spring with some good old fashioned elbow grease – burn some

calories, find some inner peace, and plant some new seeds for an amazing year!


~Gail

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