Friday, April 20, 2012

Your Home Needs A Scrub-a-dub Too! - Spring Cleaning

Every spring people start to talk about spring cleaning, not only to discuss how much they hate it. Now, this may make you wonder what the importance of this tradition is. Decades back, before most homes were heated by gas or electricity they used to be heated with other methods, such as burning coal, wood and kerosene lamps to give light and some heat. These heating methods not only warmed the home, but also left behind a layer of soot, dirt and grease on everything in the home. All winter the family stayed close together in a couple of heated rooms, which progressively got dirtier and smelled aweful by the end of winter. Therefore, when the weather finally started getting warmer, and they could go outside and enjoy it, and also begin using more of the house again, they wanted to get everything cleaned up.

That is how the tradition of spring cleaning began. The house really had gotten filthy, dirty and smelly over the winter and the spring was the first opportunity they had to get everything clean and back in order. These days most of us don't use these older heating methods for our home and at the end of winter our houses are no dirtier than they were back in the fall. Inspite of the technological evolution and new entries like room heaters, the tradition of spring cleaning has been left behind and is stay put to make itself a regular annual activity.

The technological evolution that said, has strolled towards modern methods of heating and cooling our homes and by the end of the winter, especially after the holidays, our houses are not dirty from soot and grime, but instead have become even more jam-packed with stuff and junk and clutter. Therefore, today spring cleaning isn't really about scrubbing grease off carpeting anymore, but instead about plowing through all the things  accumulated throughout the year and winnowing everything down to a more manageable amount.

Spring cleaning feels so great when it's complete. You look around your living space, appreciating how clean and organized it is and wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Everything is easier when you are happy with the flow of your living space. If you go about the entire process with some sort of order and logic you'll find that you can keep your sanity throughout the entire process of systematizing your living space from a fish market into a home....your clean and clear and sweet home!!


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