|What Spring Cleaning IS & What IS NOT...
Do You Know The Origins Of the Spring Cleaning Activities?
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We have all heard the phrase Spring Cleaning but chances are that most
of us know little about how it all came about. It is said that you can trace
spring cleaning all the way back to the Persian New Year. This is actually the
first day of spring and the Iranians would follow khooneh tekouni before the New
Year started. Knooneh tekouni actually means to shake the house. This is
where they would thoroughly clean the entire home and everything nit before their
new year started, hence the name- spring cleaning.
In North America, spring cleaning has become a regular thing for most all
families. Spring time is still the time of year that this ritual is done because
March has proved to be the best month weather wise for this large cleaning
project. Weather in March is not so hot that cleaning would be unbearable and
you can open the windows to help ventilate when you kick up the dormant dust
that has been hiding in your home. The strong winds in the spring time help to
carry the dust away and the air is just right so you are not attacked by insects.
The actual time of year that spring cleaning is done can vary from one country to
another based on the weather that they have.
When you set out to do your spring cleaning, you should consider all the things
that need to be taken care of such as putting the winter clothes and supplies away
for the next year and get the house cleaned very well from being closed up from the
cold winter weather. Many people like to go with a list so that they are sure to get
everything done. You can go with a room by room guide that details all that needs
to be done in each individual room such as the bedroom: stripping the bed and
putting fresh linens on, flipping the mattress, wiping the walls down, cleaning the
curtains and/or blinds, cleaning the ceiling fan and switching the blades for the
warm months as well as the usually dusting and vacuuming. You will also want to
wash the little things that normally just get dusted like the little knick-knacks.
There are many people that use spring cleaning for the wrong reasons.
They use it as an excuse to not do things the rest of the year as they say they will
get to it when they do their spring cleaning. This is not what spring cleaning is
about. You should not use it as a way to avoid cleaning your house the rest of the
year. There are certain things that need to be done on a regular basis so that you
can maintain a clean and healthy home for you and your family. It is important to
dust and vacuum regularly so that you do not have a buildup of dust mites as that
can make you sick and can really be harmful to those that have allergies to dust
Spring Cleaning Activities:
It is good for you to get yourself a list together when the spring season
rolls around. There are plenty of websites that offer free to do lists for
spring cleaning. It is best to go with a room-by-room guide so that you will be
sure to get everything. The lists will help you to stay on track and keep you
organized so that the spring cleaning will go much faster. You do not want this
once a year task to take up too much of your time. By keeping a to-do list, you will
be ahead of the cleaning when the time comes. It can be helpful to collect storage
bins or containers so that you will be able to store away your winter items with
ease. You will also want to stock up on the cleaning supplies so you will be ready
to attack the once a year cleaning tasks with no trouble at all.
Many people also find that this is a good time to go through their clothes
and get rid of the things that the kids have outgrown or things that they do not
wear any longer. If it has sat in your closet for longer than 12 months and you have
not wore it then you can say it is safe to donate it or sell it in a yard sale. If spring
is upon you then you will want to get your list together and get ready to get your
home in order.
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