Have you ever heard of the “August blues?” Also known as the “end-of-summer slump” or a “post-summer depression,” this is a very real phenomenon that affects people around the country as summer draws to an end.
As clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow explains for Today, the last weeks of summer have “all the ingredients for a stew of blues.” He continues:
“For many people, it creates a feeling of funk, a feeling of down, a feeling of sadness… For a small percentage, it creates seasonal affective disorder.”
It can be hard to say goodbye to the carefree and sunny days of summertime — especially when you’re dreading darkness, snow, or the start of a hectic school year.
And this season in particular, we’re all seeing how the odd period between the end of summer and the beginning of fall can feel strange and disorienting… even during a pandemic. In fact, having to spend so many hours working from home may make the summer slump feel even more intense this year.
Fortunately, if you’re dreading the transition from summer to fall, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to improve your outlook and give yourself the energy you need to succeed — including cleaning your whole home!
It’s true! Here are five ways that a good cleaning can help you beat the end-of-summer slump:
1.) Cleaning Can Help You Create Positive New Routines
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we’ve been known to say that washing the dishes is the first step to a cleaner home. In other words? Tackling one intimidating project makes it a lot easier to move onto the next thing, and then the next thing — and before you know it, your entire house is sparkling and spotless!
If you’ve been dreading cleaning up after a summer of working from home (for the grownups) and playing outside (for the kiddos), getting one or two big jobs done now can help set you down the path to success, and make it easier to keep up your good habits as we head for fall.
In fact, studies show that taking even a few little actions, such as making your bed each morning, can help you focus better, get into a routine more easily, and stay on top of your biggest daily goals.
2.) Giving Yourself a “Clean Break”
Seeing reminders of summertime everywhere may make it harder to shift into gear for the back half of the year. Instead of dwelling on the past, give yourself a clean break — so you can really focus on enjoying all the wonderful things still to come. This might include leading a decluttering and reorganizing campaign around your home; stashing away summer toys and lawn equipment; organizing your garage; giving your patio or balcony a good cleaning; or reorganizing your closets so they’re ready for the seasons ahead.
3.) A Clean Home Can Reduce Your Stress Levels…
Plenty of studies suggest that a clean home can lead to a healthier you. For example? One major survey found that having a dirty or cluttered home was a major source of stress for the vast majority of people (84%). Getting your home in order can help give you the mental space, clarity, and focus you need to succeed. Indeed, living and working in a clean space has been shown to help dramatically increase productivity, while keeping stress levels to a minimum.
4.) … And Help Inspire You to Make Healthier Choices
Beyond helping to alleviate stress and boost your mood, a clean home may actually be the ticket to unlocking a healthier lifestyle from top to bottom. In fact, one study of 1000 Americans found that people with the cleanest homes were also the healthiest and most active overall. Meanwhile, additional research suggests that people who spend time in cleaner environments tend to adopt healthier lifestyle habits than those in “chaotic” or messy spaces.
Cleaning can also help you bust health hazards around your house. Getting rid of mold, dust, and other allergens can allow your whole family to breathe easier. At the same time, regular cleanings can help give your immune system a break by helping to minimize the spread of dangerous bacteria and viruses, from coronavirus to the common cold.
5.) Working Around Your Home Can Give You Plenty of Fun Ideas for Fall and Winter
Working from home can cause us to take our spaces for granted, especially the rooms we use all the time. On the flip side? Many of us spend the summer months enjoying the Great Outdoors, and trying to spend as little time cooped up at home as possible.
Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, the time may be right to look at your entire home with fresh eyes. Cleaning can give you a whole new perspective, and offer plenty of inspiration for fun projects and little flourishes you can add to make your home feel even better as we head for fall and winter — from making some simple decor swaps, to bringing in a lovely new scent, to trying out some new green practices and products, to adding those luxurious finishes that you’ve always dreamed about.
Ready to Tackle Your “End of Summer” To-Do List? Sweeping Dimensions Is Here to Help!
Feeling a bit intimidated by your growing to-do list? Ready to finally claim some time for yourself, and take a well-deserved break from cleaning? Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service is here and ready to help.
At Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful. We’ll take care of the dirty work, so you can focus on making the most of those precious last weeks of summer — and start planning ahead for a relaxing, rejuvenating autumn.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
We are always updating our arsenal of cleaning products to keep up with coronavirus and other emerging pathogens — and we can provide disinfecting options that will suit your needs. This includes non-bleach, environmentally friendly disinfectants that are safe for household use.
We’re so confident that you’ll love our service that we offer the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee! If our cleaning services should ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.
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