Spring Cleaning, Why
Why Do We Do Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning has been going on since the beginning of time. It may be called something else, but it is still spring cleaning. Why? Because during the winter months, people are cramped inside their homes. They have no room to clean, and no energy to keep up with the little things that can quickly become a big problem. Plus dust, dander, animal hair, and so many other things have gathered behind the stove or under the couch. Dust bunnies are multiplying at an alarming rate. Coats and sweaters are often worn all winter and must be washed before they can be put away. The house needs to be aired to bring oxygen back, and make the house less stuffy. We do spring cleaning because it is the first chance we have to clean without pushing people out of the way. How many of you would shovel the driveway and then go inside to wash and wax the floor? Not many of you would, including me. We build snowmen and forts for snowball fights in the winter and we don't have the energy or the time for more.
Winter is Over
When spring comes, we all race outside to enjoy the sun. We have been cooped up for so long that one nice day can make all of us a little giddy. A breath of fresh air, a new flower, or a lawn without snow can be quite the draw when you haven't had it for so long. Of course, by the end of summer mowing season, we might be looking forward to a little snow that doesn't require a trim.
The draw of spring also comes from:
- We no longer have to pay for the dryer to dry our clothes because we can hang them outside.
- The house can be aired out now because it is warm enough to open the windows.
- Vacuuming the furniture picks up all the dead skin, dropped food, and pet hair that can make the furniture smell a bit.
- Windows can be washed to let the sunshine into the darkened house.
- With no one around, you can clean the floors and rugs with ease.
- No more tracked mud or snow ruining your freshly waxed floor.
- No more coats blocking the door-way.
- No more boots and wet shoes. Well, at least no more snowy wet boots. Spring rains bring out the flowers, after all, and that requires boots.
With The Fresh Spring Air
Spring seems to be the season of new beginnings. Animals are having babies and flowers are beginning to sprout. Birds that have been gone all winter are now singing, or shouting at each other as they look for mates. The dogs can run around in the yard; and, more importantly, so can the kids. With everything renewing in spring, it makes sense for us to renew our homes as well. Especially when you consider that you won't have to move anyone out of the way or guard a newly waxed area until it dries.
Everyone Cleans Differently
Everybody has different ideas and reasons for their spring cleaning. Some don't have much to do because they are always cleaning. Some need to clean out excess pet hair. Some don't need to clean behind the stove because they grilled all winter. Some people spent their winters skiing and need to clean the home that they haven't lived in for a bit. But airing, vacuuming, and dusting seems to be the thing everyone wants to do; probably because they couldn't really do that much in the winter. The outside is coming alive with fresh air and sunshine. Its nice to have that in the house as well. Right?
The Reasons Are Different
We all have our usual ways to get things done, and cleaning is no different. It makes sense to do a big cleaning in the spring because so many people have been cooped up inside the house. It has dust bunnies, along with all of the snacks that you and your family had all winter. Actually, the crumbs really do lurk bellow the pillows and under the furniture. So whether you do your heavy cleaning in the spring, the summer, the fall, the winter, or all year long, you know why, and how, you do it.
The Spring Cleaning List
Floors and Rugs
Scarves and Gloves
Hard to Reach Areas
Remember to enjoy life and be creative with your cleaning chores!
Wow, did you know there were so many ways to do a 'big' cleaning? I didn't until now. So I thought I would add a bit of a summary to my article. You see, there is no right or wrong way to clean. We all clean differently and at different times. It is your home and you have to live there, not me or anyone else. Cleaning is a way to keep up with things like laundry, dishes, pans, floors, and anything else you can think of to do. But you do them when you want them done, So why 'spring cleaning'? Simply because it is a way to break the winter blues, and perhaps deter small unwanted visitors.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl Simonds