Spring is only around the corner, which means daffodils, buttercups and bluebells; frolicking lambs; sunshine-dappled walks in the crisp morning breeze and…spring cleaning. Oh. Yeah. That. 

It’s that time of year again

Few people can honestly say, with their hand on their heart, that the idea of giving their home a top-to-bottom cleaning fills them with all the joys of spring [pun intended]. However, with a little seasonal cue from Mother Nature, many of us will now be dusting off the marigolds and beginning the process of de-cluttering our homes and sending any non-essentials (and, inevitably, a bucket-load of kids toys) packing to the charity shop. The most industrious of us will no doubt also be checking out the current deals you can snap up on your content and  home insurance as well. We salute you.

And, although the smug satisfaction that comes after an annual fit of cleanliness is definitely a bit of a motivator, we’d probably all be a bit more compelled to get scrubbing if we knew that we were actually doing something for our mental and physical health.

Spring Cleaning is Good For You

Cleaning is good for you, no really!

Luckily, there is a lot of research out there which has proven that our physical surroundings have an enormous impact on how we feel (inside and out). For example, spend one minute simply opening your curtains in the morning and let the light in to improve your mood. The reasoning behind it? Light is the human body’s environmental cue which resets what is called the human circadian pacemaker. In other words, when you have insufficient and inappropriate light exposure, it can have massive psychological effects which can result in adverse consequences on human performance, and health and safety. Opening your curtains seems that little bit more appealing now, doesn't it?

Have a bit more time on your hands? Giving your home a thorough top to bottom cleaning has been associated with improving mood, decreasing stress levels and heightening your sense of creativity. Studies have shown that clutter can increase stress levels because it overwhelms our senses with extraneous stimulus. This is especially the case with women, who have been shown to develop chronic levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, if they think their homes look cluttered.

Time to dust off those marigolds.

decluttering your mind and body

Still not convinced? 

We’ve hunted down the science behind spring cleaning your home, so you can get scrubbing safe in the knowledge that you’ll not only be giving your house an overhaul, you’ll also be giving your body and mind some much needed TLC.

We feel better already.

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**50% of customers could achieve a premium of £6.03 per month based on Compare the Market data from May 2018. Based on a £100,000 decreasing term policy over 10 years with guaranteed premiums for a 30 year old non-smoker.

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