Tuesday May 1, 2018
Why do we have a tradition called “Spring Cleaning?” Why do we choose this season as the time to drag out all of our things, clean them until they shimmer and sparkle, and then return them to the same spot until next April or May? Why can’t we just do this in the fall?
Seriously: Why not Fall Cleaning?
It turns out that the tradition of spring cleaning is well founded and quite practical. The Big Spring Clean actually dates back to much earlier times, when families found themselves homebound due to harsh winters. The heating systems at that time consisted mostly of wood-burning stoves and furnaces. Over the extended winter months, homes and furnishings started to accumulate ash and soot and grime from their heating systems. When spring finally rolled around it really was necessary, for health and safety reasons, to take everything out and give it all a good cleaning.
Pro Tips for Spring Cleaning
But just how much spring cleaning do we really have to do in this modern age? While you may not have to clean off the soot, it is still practical to roll up your sleeves and tackle a few essential areas each spring:
First and foremost, let’s tackle those windows. Now that the weather is warmer, it’s easier to get outside and clean the windows, including the frames, to make sure they are ready for those frequent spring showers. Remove and clean the screens as well so that you can leave the windows open more often to take advantage of those warm, soul-lifting spring breezes.
If you are like us, I’m betting your garage has spent the winter being a catch-all for a myriad of holiday decorations and other things. Spring is a good time to clear all of this out. Take advantage of the higher neighborhood traffic to hold a yard sale and get rid of the stuff you don’t need anymore, especially the things that are cluttering up your home.
Next, make sure to do a good dusting around the house. Take care to clean fans that will be used more often and also the higher corners of the ceiling. At the same time, give the walls a good washing while scrubbing the baseboards.
Cupboards and Cabinets
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are good areas to clean because of accumulated grime over the past year; these areas really only need to be cleaned occasionally, so now’s as good a time as any.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
In order to make sure that next year’s spring cleaning isn’t overwhelming, take some time to create a cleaning schedule for the rest of the year. If you spread the workload out over twelve months you’ll actually have more time to get out and enjoy the spring weather.