Can you feel it in the air? Ok, maybe not just yet, but the calendar proves it: Spring will arrive soon. The days will be longer, the weather will be warmer and, before you know it, you’ll be spending more time outside enjoying the sun with friends and family. Before that happens, now is a great time to participate in the annual ritual thousands of people across the country will undertake. That’s right, spring cleaning.

To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve compiled this list of our top spring cleaning tips for seniors that will leave your home sparkling, clutter-free and looking fabulous. As an added bonus, research now suggests performing basic household chores like spring cleaning can even improve your brain health (more on that later). Ready? Then let’s roll up our sleeves!

Clear Out That Clutter to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Clearing out unnecessary clutter is a great way to kick off your spring cleaning. That’s because removing clutter doesn’t just make your place look nicer, it can actually make it safer, too. That stack of old newspapers? Or, what about the nest of extension cords spilling out from behind the couch? These are some of the most common tripping hazards, and a little bit of TLC can make them all go away.

Start Fresh in Your Fridge

It happens to the best of us. Over time, our refrigerators accumulate dirt and grime – on the inside and out. Not only this, but they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and other unpleasant visitors. That makes now a great time to perform a deep cleaning on all of the surfaces that come into contact with our food and our hands. Just make sure to follow the cleaning instructions that came with your fridge.

Clean Green with Environmentally Friendly Products

These days there are more cleaning products to choose from than ever, and some can even do the job without chemicals that are harmful to the environment or to you. The good news? Finding out what’s really in your cleaning products is as easy as a quick Google search. Just make sure to do your research before bringing home any new cleaners to save yourself the hassle of returns and exchanges.

Make Your Windows Crystal Clear Again

Cleaning your windows offers great bang for your spring cleaning buck because it can actually let more natural light into your home. And, more natural light means more of that precious vitamin D we all need to feel like ourselves. As a bonus, try making your own window cleaner with these common household ingredients:

  • 1 part rubbing alcohol or water
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid, like Dawn
  • Empty spray bottle

Bonus Tip: Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Mental Health

As promised, here’s how household chores like spring cleaning can benefit your mental health. According to a study led by Dr. Aron S. Buchman of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, even relatively light physical activity – like preparing food for dinner – was enough to help stave off cognitive decline in seniors.

So remember, the next time you pick up a mop or run the vacuum, you aren’t just making your home cleaner and more inviting to live in, you’re also doing something good for your health that could have a real impact on your quality of life as you age.