Why did Spring Cleaning become a tradition?
In the past many homes were heated with wood fire or coal stoves, both of which produce soot that gets deposited on walls, windows, and flooring. Over the winter this soot and the mud and filth tracked in would build up. Spring cleaning meant opening the windows wide, washing the walls, welcoming in the fresh air and cleaning out the dust, soot, and mud from the winter.
While many newer homes have forced air or other means of heating, it’s still nice to open the windows in the spring and welcome in the new season. Improved heating methods also have done nothing to stop the tracked in mess of mud and salt.
Finally spring cleaning serves as a convenient time to perform annual and semi-annual chores both inside and outside of the home.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Check your fire extinguisher(s).
- Wash your windows.
- Rotate mattresses and clean them while you’re at it. You do have a mattress pad, right?
- Inspect the roof and gutters, you may need to clean out the leaves (April showers and all)
- Clean curtains, drapery, and carpeting
- Clean down comforters (perhaps it’s time to prep your blankets for storage)
Here at Home-Ec 101 I’ve been giving the site a makeover. I hope you’re enjoying the new more Pinterest friendly graphics. When I started this site, back in the dark ages of ’07, Pinterest didn’t exist. I am not a graphic designer and for years I stressed about how to fix this. Finally, I realized I should hire people who are good at this. HE101 is getting its own Spring Cleaning and articles that have been buried in the depths of the site are getting dusted off, tweaked, and brought out into the light.
My physical home is also getting a makeover and in the next few weeks I should finally have a bathroom that isn’t cringe worthy. Yay! It’s a big project that involves ripping out the subflooring, repairing joists, and adding an extension to a sewage pipe. I’m bringing in a contractor to handle the big stuff, but I still have to finish stripping the wallpaper. Can I tell you how much I hate stripping wallpaper?
While we aren’t a 100% done with the site makeover, if you haven’t looked at the Clean It section of the site, I invite you to take a quick poke around and tell me what you think.
Do you have an opinion on whether or not I should keep the Chore Post-It on the site?