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Post-break up or divorce, household chores might be the last thing on your to-do list. Here's why you should move them up.

after a break upFighting heartbreak with cleaning. Photos: Lou Cypher/Corbis; Getty.

When a relationship ends, it's easy to self-medicate on the sofa with ice cream and self-pity. But as psychotherapist Mary Darling Montero points out in HuffPost Divorce, the healthiest thing for your heart just might be spring cleaning.

Montero explains: "If you're dealing with a fresh heartbreak, it can be tempting to leave traces of your ex around. For one thing, it sustains us in a state of denial, and denial feels safer than reality. The day we take her clothes out of the closet, we're admitting that it's over; it's a gesture heavy with the symbolism of an ending that we believe we cannot bear."

And sure enough, there are even more benefits to washing that ex right out of your house.

After a breakup... Cleaning can help you slim down
Not only will vacuuming burn about 75 calories but it will tone your shoulders and biceps. Feeling energized? Try cleaning the gutters and burn upto 350 calories.

After a breakup... Living in a mess can bring down your mood
In the Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin zeros in on the guilty "pleasure" of leaving the house messy. In truth, keeping things tidy when you're feeling down can actually boost your mood. Pick up those wrappers!

After a breakup... Cleaning can make you more social
This is a no-brainer: When are you more likely to invite friends over, when your living room is a disaster zone or when it smells spring-fresh and all the surfaces are sparkling?

After a breakup... Cleaning can bring clarity
Whole Living quotes Rabbi Sherre Hirsch and makes us think twice about complaining about clearing the kitchen counters: "When your physical surroundings are cluttered, your emotional and spiritual self is cluttered. If your space is clean, then your mind is open and you can let God in."

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