Last week we celebrated National Procrastination Week. Now, onto the recovery plan and...Spring Cleaning!
As I write this, most of the country is recovering from Winter Storm Stella - either the snow overload or the information overload. Because of this recent event, it may be hard to think about Spring cleaning and transitioning to the warmer side of outdoor life. With the crazy temperature changes we have been experiencing the last few weeks, most of us have had at least one attack of Spring Fever, and probably more attacks of allergies and sinusitis. For me, as the warmer weather hits, I become increasingly intolerant of my indoor living space. It's stuffy from the stale, dry air. It seems more drab since the holiday decorations came down. The furnace and fireplace constantly re-coat every flat surface with dust. (Mom, if you're reading this, yes, I dust regularly....at least once a month. Swear.) And, let's not even start about the grimy windows!
Last week, while I was procrastinating over a cup of coffee and mentally listing everything that needed to be done around the house, I began to wonder about who came up with the idea of Spring Cleaning. So, in the true procrastinating spirit, I gave up on the chore list and did a little research instead.
Apparently, the concept of Spring Cleaning actually goes back thousands of years and is both culturally and religiously inspired. The Persians, Chinese, Jews, and Christians, among others, have rituals and practices encouraging an annual cleaning. (http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/spring-clean-in-spring1.htm). In more recent times, after a winter of candle soot, coal dust, wood ash, difficult laundry and bathing conditions, the home required a complete scrub down, including walls, floors, carpets, windows, and bedding. (mentalfloss.com/article/78273/get-swept-away-these-8-facts-about-spring-cleaning)
Add two centuries of continual marketing and advertising that infers critical failure as a wife, mother, and human being if the effort does not cause physical exhaustion and mental collapse and we have the ingrained practice of Spring cleaning.
But, in today's rushed lifestyle, we don't always have the time, or the servants, to do as our ancestors did. Sometimes, we're lucky to get the Christmas tree down by Easter. I have friends who adamantly insist that the red and green of Christmas stays applicable for both Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day so there is no need to hurry. As a Professional Organizer (and a friend), I do not judge. I will, however, offer the following few suggestions for minimal Spring cleaning:
Thanks for reading,