For some, spring cleaning is a fun ritual – a chance to dust, spritz, and declutter your way into a new season. For others, it’s a bit of a slog through clutter and winter grime. Regardless of your position on this annual scrub-fest, the origin of spring cleaning – and its health benefits – may come as an interesting surprise.
The Origin of Spring Cleaning and Why It Is Important
Religious Origins of Spring Cleaning
The exact origin of spring cleaning is debatable, but one thing is certain: It’s been a ritual for generations. Jewish custom links spring cleaning to Passover, which takes place in early spring. Members of the Greek Orthodox church celebrate “Clean Week,” a week of cleaning before Lent. The tradition also has a place in Iranian culture, when families spend several days cleaning (or “shaking the house”) prior to Persian New Year.
Other Possible Origins of Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning also has a history outside of religious practice. For example, the Washington Post reports that Londoners living in the 1800s took part in an annual spring housecleaning to clear homes of soot and grime accumulated during the chilly winters. Homeowners had to open windows to release the soot, which could obviously only be done comfortably during warmer weather. There’s also the possibility that spring cleaning originated because humans simply didn’t have the energy for deep cleaning during the dark winter months.
Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning
Sitting around in a cloud of dust isn’t doing you any favors health-wise. However, spring cleaning also has several unexpected health benefits:
- Reduced Allergens: This is one of the most compelling reasons for a thorough spring cleaning session. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 20 million Americans suffer from a dust mite allergy. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to rid your house of these sneeze factories.
- Exercise: Still need to shed a few winter pounds? According to the Calorie Control Council, a 150-pound person can burn 205 calories while doing one hour of housecleaning. Cleaning may also help you make healthier food choices: Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that study subjects placed in a clean, organized room were more likely to choose healthier snack options than those in a messy room.
- Mental Benefits: Take a moment to recall the last time your desk clutter got out of control. Did you feel extra frazzled? Similarly, a cluttered home has been linked to higher stress levels. The act of cleaning itself has also been proven to cut stress and anxiety by 20 percent, according to one Scottish Health Survey. Try a cheery smell like lemon to brighten your mood even more.
- Better Sleep: Cleaning habits may also lead to better sleep: One National Sleep Foundation survey found that people who made their beds every day were 19 percent more likely to report getting a good night’s sleep. Yet another reason to re-establish cleaning habits you may have neglected during the winter.
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