It’s that time of year again – Spring.
For most families, that also means it’s Spring cleaning time.
I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a kid, I always whined “why spring cleaning!?” (To be honest, I still do whine about it!)
It really can be a chore, but it’s all for good reason!
Why Spring Clean?
Spring cleaning is that time after a long winter of closed windows when you can open the windows and let fresh air into the home (I really do miss the smell of fresh air during a thawing spring – it’s a real scent!)
It’s also important to open up those windows and let the germs out and the clean air in! Stuffy air is not good for your health, neither is the dust that tends to accumulate during the winter months.
There is no greater feeling than opening a window and releasing all those cold and flu germs right out the window!
One of the reasons spring clean is because at least three different cultures have this custom and since so much of American heritage comes from other cultures, the traditions are passed along from family to family to the present.
I know I can honestly tell you that it was something we did growing up and it has been instilled in me.
There are no hard and fast rules to spring cleaning and if you’re like me – you will look for any reason to get out of it, but consider these benefits of spring cleaning:
Do it for your health – Spring cleaning helps eliminate mold and mildew that may have accumulated during the winter. It allows you to clean your home and gets rid of many allergens.
Do it to get rid of bugs and other unwanted winter guests (like the daddy long leg spider I found today by our back door!) – No matter where you live, chances are you have been living with bugs or mice. Spring cleaning allows you to clear out any nests or food sources that encourage these pests to remain.
Do it for your home’s appearance – Everything looks better when it is freshly cleaned. When you wash your windows, you will notice things around the home that could look better. Before you know it, you will be busy cleaning until everything looks fresh.
Do it to be more productive – You may be surprised how much more productive you feel when your home is clean and uncluttered. You may not actually lose weight during this time, but clearing your home will make you feel as if you had.
Do it for your mental state – People who are depressed during the winter will find they ‘come alive’ again in the springtime. Clearing the clutter in your home may also help improve your mental state.
Do it to find out what repairs are needed – Quite often during spring cleaning you will notice that something needs to be repaired. Keep a notebook with you as you clean so you can jot down those items that need further work.
Spring cleaning is a convenient time to do certain cleaning and repair tasks that you may have neglected during the winter. Once you realize the benefits of doing so, you may want to begin planning each year to decide the things you want to accomplish the next year.
I think my big spring to-do this year is cleaning windows and doing new curtains for all the windows! What’s your big to-do this spring cleaning season?
Be sure to check back because we will be including some more posts for spring cleaning that will include the kids!