Where Does Spring Cleaning Come From; Why Are We All Obsessed With It

I am one tired chickie. It’s spring cleaning/organizing season. I think my next day off is Easter unless someone decides that they have an organizing emergency(it happened last year).

So where did this term come from and why do we all feel the need to follow it like junior high gals following the latest trend??

According to Wikipedia, spring cleaning refers to “the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year, typically in the spring.”
It has been suggested that the orgins date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the new year.

Other cultures which participate in full house cleanings are:

1. The Jewish culture cleanses the home in preparation of Passover(I don’t remember my Kessler family doing this one!!)

2. The Greek call the week before lent “Clean Week” and clean their homes throughly inside and out.

3. “New Years Cleaning” is a tradition that the Scottish practice on Hogmanay which falls on December 31st.

So there you have it. “Spring Cleaning” does have a history among several different cultures.

If you are unsure how to start or what needs to be done to make your home sparkle, both Real Simple and Martha Stewart have a spring cleaning checklist!

Happy Cleaning/Organizing!!



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