Spring sitting-roomKENTUCKY (3/20/14) — Today marks the first “official” day of spring and many people have already started their spring cleaning.

What exactly is spring cleaning?

The meaning varies from person to person.

Spring cleaning is an annual deep cleaning in which time is set aside to clean ones home from top to bottom. This type of cleaning is more common in regions where the winters are harsh and buildup of mud and salt accumulates, and the weather is too cold to open windows to air out the stale air.

The origins of this tradition are still unknown.

However, there are some interesting theories behind it.

It is believed that spring cleaning evolved as a natural response to the need to store things like heavy blankets and other winter equipment, and the fact that cleaning can be a challenge for some people during the winter months.

Your spring cleaning may never be effortless, but you can make it more manageable and enjoyable.

  • Use a checklist of what needs to be done. When making a checklist, keep in mind that a weekend may not allow enough sufficient time, but to be realistic and allow yourself extra days during the week to get projects done.

  • Have a playlist of favorite tunes to listen to as you work.

  • And of course, have extra hands for helping.

  • Always remember to start and finish one project at a time.

Many people tend to overwhelm themselves by starting one too many projects and never completely finishing them, leaving their home and yard in worse conditions before cleaning started.

Some people use spring cleaning as an excuse to sort through their possessions, rotate dishes, rearrange rooms, replace old pillows and blankets, clean under the refrigerator, or give homes a fresh smell with seasonal flowers.

Spring cleaning is not just for inside the home.

Windows may be washed, repairs on roofs and gutters may be made. Some people even go as far as tilling gardens or repotting plants.

Whether you decide to proceed from the kitchen to the attic or start outdoors and work your way inside, supplies are a crucial part of spring cleaning.

Some people use bleach and ammonia to more organic supplies like Mrs. Meyers and J.R. Watkins.

Little do some people know to save a little money and a trip to the store, homemade products can be made from materials already in the home.

For example, vinegar can be used to clean counter tops, windows, mirrors, no-wax floors, woodwork, stainless steel appliances, use as a deodorizer, bathtub film, kills weeds in the garden, pet stains and much more.

Another pantry staple is lemon juice. High in citric acid lemon juice is best used for scrubbing grout, grills, and grates, removal of rust stains from cotton and polyester, and degreasing dirty dishes. And it smells fresh, too.

Baking soda is another common, economical household item that can be added to the list. Homemakers have been using it for years.

Like spring itself, spring cleaning rejuvenates a home inside and out. And a deep clean gives those who have had cabin fever all winter a chance to whisk away stuffy air and create a fresh, new sense of achievement.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News

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