Spring cleaning is upon us. Temperatures are steadily climbing and since springing ahead, the sun is out until almost 7 p.m. These next months are ideal for around-the-house projects and beautifying your outside spaces.

Because many of you have projects in mind, this month we are focusing on the benefits of spring cleaning and how to accomplish these tasks safely.

Did you know that spring cleaning brings mental benefits? “Spring is considered the season of renewal, both in nature and popular culture,” said Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology. “After a long winter, we are eager to shed layers and activate new growth. It feels good to do this in our personal lives and in our homes.” Some mental benefits observed with spring cleaning include:

  • It gives you a sense of control over your living environment.
  • You immediately reduce stress through the removal of clutter.
  • You receive a sense of accomplishment, energizing you to do more.

From a safety standpoint, there are a few tips to remember to make sure accidents don’t happen during your spring cleaning.

  • Ladder Safety: This is a big one. Use caution on ladders or step stools to reach high places. Ensure they are on a stable surface and follow proper ladder safety guidelines to prevent falls. Make sure all points of the ladder are securely on the ground – without wobbling!
  • Electrical Safety: When cleaning electrical appliances or areas near outlets, ensure they are unplugged to avoid the risk of electric shock.
  • Heavy Lifting: Use proper lifting techniques (lift with the knees) when moving heavy objects or furniture to avoid strains and injuries. Consider asking for assistance if needed.
  • Clear Pathways: Keep pathways clear of clutter and obstacles to prevent tripping hazards while cleaning.
  • Take Breaks: Pace yourself and take regular breaks to avoid overexertion and fatigue, especially during prolonged cleaning sessions or when it’s hot.
  • Read Labels: Always read and follow the instructions and warnings on cleaning products to use them safely and effectively.
  • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation by opening windows and doors when using cleaning products to minimize exposure to fumes and chemicals.

Spring is a great time of year with everything coming back to life. Remember these safety tips and you can transition to summer with a charming yard, clean house and clear mind.

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