Another new year will soon dawn upon us. We usually like to start a new year with a clean sweep and start afresh. One of the ways I like to start my new year is to have my home cleaned out. A good spring cleaning can be very satisfying and gives our home a new breath of fresh air. While I\u2019m at it, I usually do lots of decluttering as well. But that can be for another time if you don\u2019t have the time to do both. Most of us dread having to spring clean because it\u2019s quite a lot of hard work. And the time involved, too! Yet, there are many good reasons why we really should get down to it.\u00a0 Three Good Reasons To Spring Clean 1. Better hygiene and health for the family Clearing out things that have been collecting dust, hidden cobweb and all, it helps to lessen allergy triggers for some of us who are affected by them. Many children suffer from sinus or other kinds of allergies these days. We never know what could have been the cause. Dust mildew, mold, lint, pet dander, etc., could contribute to these triggers. Doing a deep clean would give our homes better air circulation and removing possible allergy triggers.\u00a0 It\u2019s not just the spaces that we need to tackle, but things like our mattress, blankets, sofa covers, carpets and rugs, curtains, etc., can collect lots of dust and particles too. Having said that, we don\u2019t need to enforce a home that\u2019s overly clean, because that\u2019s not the best to build a strong immune system. We just need to be moderate and clean out thick layers of dust that have gathered over a long period of time. 2. It is a way to destress Spring cleaning should include some form of decluttering of unwanted and unused things around the house too. Clutter around us can cause a lot of stress in us without us knowing. Seeing things piled up, even if they are hidden away, can stir unpleasant feelings in us. Worse yet if they are in plain sight and we keep putting off organising them properly because we don\u2019t have time. Image credit: Unsplash Now is the time to once and for all tackle the clutter issue. The best way is to declutter things you\u2019ve not touched at all in the last six months.\u00a0 \u201cNeuroscience researchers using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and other physiological measurements\u00a0found\u00a0clearing clutter from the home and work environment resulted in a better ability to focus and process information, as well as increased productivity.\u201d Source: newsGP 3. Give us some much needed mind space Image credit: Pexels While we are focused on the activity of cleaning, it can take our minds off the usual things that keep us anxious and worried. During the time you\u2019re cleaning, you may find some peaceful time, just concentrating on that moment.\u00a0 Your mind would be focused on just scrubbing, or sweeping, wiping, etc., and as a result, it steers clear of the usual things that trouble you. For some people the act of cleaning itself is therapeutic and even meditative. This is one way for some moments of mindfulness, and at the same time having your home cleaned out.\u00a0 \u201cIt\u2019s healthy to use cleaning to clear your mind, gain perspective, and take a break from your worries. But it shouldn\u2019t be used to hide from problems,\u201d says a clinical psychologist, Forrest Talley. Source: HuffPost Tips To Make Spring Cleaning Easier And More Pleasant Image credit: Pexels Make a Schedule Work with a plan in mind instead of starting to clean up haphazardly. Give it some thoughts before starting, it will save us lots of time wondering where and how to start. We don\u2019t need to complete everything in one go or even one day. Break down the cleaning schedule according to the time you have, by the areas that need cleaning. Remember that our goal is to clean, not to wear ourselves out.\u00a0 Make a List And Stay On It Once we have listed what needs to be done and time allocated for each, just stay focused on the tasks at hand. This way, we are more productive and will definitely accomplish what we set out to do. Begin and finish one task at a time before moving to the next. It really helps to stay on course at all times. If you get tired, it\u2019s good to take a break and return to the same task and not start another area. When we have all the unfinished spots stare back at us at the end of the day, it gives us more stress instead. Hire Help For Difficult Areas There are many cleaning services out there that we can hire for help. After you\u2019ve done up your cleaning plan, look through and see which areas you will need help with. If you\u2019re not able to climb up to clean the top of shelves, wardrobes and ceiling fans, get the hired help to do these difficult areas for you. This saves you some time so you can get more done on your end with the rest of the areas you\u2019ve identified.\u00a0 A Clean Home Is For Everyone\u2019s Benefit Image credit: Pexels A clean house makes a difference to everyone\u2019s well-being. It may be subtle, but the effects are there. Keeping a regular cleaning and spring cleaning schedule would do us all good.\u00a0 It\u2019ll be a great idea to include the family in this activity. It doesn\u2019t have to be a dreaded thing, even for the kids. Cleaning up has proven to be able to lift someone\u2019s spirits because it gives them a feeling of control as they engage in the activity. We don\u2019t need to boss everyone around and make it such a chore. It can be discussed to see who gets to do what, and everyone contributes happily to it. For young children, even giving them a damp cloth to wipe and clean their toys is still a contribution. So make it a fun family bonding activity. Make it lively, put on some music and find some sparkling joy in it.