In Canada, most homeowners wait until spring to deep clean their houses. In fact, around 59% of Canadians clean and organize during this time.
But there are benefits to cleaning going into a new year, as well! While the main purpose of a deep clean is to have a comfortable living space, there can be added benefits to a big new year’s clean.
For instance, in most Asian countries, it is believed that deep cleaning one’s home before the start of a brand new year will bring good fortune to those who reside in the house.
Apart from some possible good luck, here are some other benefits to cleaning your home for the new year:
A Fresh Start
Deep cleaning and organizing your home for the new year can help give you a fresh start to the year, since it enables you to get rid of things that trigger anxiety, sadness, or anger.
Research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology reveals that the presence of clutter can increase stress and anxiety. It may even trigger bad habits, such as hoarding, which can lead to more clutter.
If you look around your home, you’ll likely find that there are things that you can certainly do without, especially if they remind you of a bad time in your life.
So, as early as January, make sure to get rid of things like an ex-partner’s clothing (especially if you had a negative relationship) and old medication.
Other items that you should definitely let go of include DIY projects that you never got to finish, books that you’ll never read, and old clothes that you hang onto because you want them to fit again.
Having items like these around puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. Instead, donate, recycle, or throw them away. Then, you’ll be free to go into the new year setting your own positive goals for yourself.
Creates Positive Energy in Your Home
If you’ve ever noticed that the vibe of your home seems off, or your house has a negative feel, it could be due to negative energy in your space.
Signs of negative energy in a house can include insomnia, nightmares, restlessness and an increase in arguments. A good deep clean is a great way to purge that energy as you start a new year.
First, open your windows to air everything out, then burn some sage or incense to boost your home’s energy. Remove or repair broken appliances and furniture, get rid of clutter, then roll up your sleeves and start dusting, sweeping, and scrubbing.
If the job feels too overwhelming, consider bringing in experts to get your place professionally cleaned. A deep clean service include dusting and washing all surfaces, even often-neglected spots such as the inside of cabinets and interior walls.
Getting professionals to do the job ensures a thoroughly clean home, and you won’t have to worry about finding the time to do it yourself.
Encourages Healthier Habits
Once you’ve cleaned your home for the new year, you’ll be better able to maintain it by getting into the habit of putting objects in their proper places, vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and tidying up whenever you can.
After a few days of having a clean house, you’ll notice a change in your mindset, which may lead to other lifestyle changes as well.
Having a cleaner house will leave you with more time to focus on yourself and your loved ones, since you’re not constantly thinking about decluttering or reorganizing your space.
Instead, you’ll be able to focus on other healthy changes you might want to make, like exercising and making better food choices.
Students and people who work from home may also find they’re able to be more productive if their space is always neat and tidy.
While there’s nothing wrong with a good spring cleaning, there’s no need to wait for spring to start cleaning your house!
Tidying, organizing, and deep cleaning your home can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing, so challenge yourself to start the year off right with a thorough clean.