This month, we welcome back Hartley’s Rooms onto the blog. Focusing on storage solutions for your home, they really know a thing or two about Spring cleaning, and how much of a mess our home can become without us realising it.
So without further ado, let’s pass over to Sara from Hartley’s…
What Is Spring Cleaning Really All About?
Every season comes with its own set of changes. We deck the halls for Christmas. We trim the garden for summer. We pop pumpkins on the porch for autumn. Yet, curiously, spring is the only season that’s recognised when it comes to housework. “Spring Cleaning” rolls right off the tongue, but why the association?
With Easter just around the corner, we explain how the months of March, April and May have managed to earn the exclusive rights to the “cleaning” moniker, and why people all over the world choose the spring months as the time of year to freshen up their homes.
The history of spring cleaning
Spring cleaning actually has its roots in religion. For Christians, big cleaning sessions have traditionally been performed around Easter. It’s a symbolic act that brings “new life” to a household, reflecting the resurrection of Jesus.
In the years before electrical appliances, the best opportunity homeowners would get to clean their homes would be the springtime. The troublesome weather in autumn/winter and the sweltering conditions of summer meant that giving the house a wipe down during these periods was often physically impossible.
Spring was the perfect time to freshen up a property both inside and out. It became routine to clean in these months, simply because it was the most practical time of year to do so!
Modern spring cleaning
Spring cleaning is perhaps not as “essential” in the modern era as it once was, with technology allowing us to keep our homes spick and span all year round. However, despite the change in lifestyle conditions, spring cleaning has stuck around. It remains popular to this day, although is now more concerned with decluttering and organisation as opposed to deep cleaning.
We are a society of buyers, and the average person will accumulate huge amounts of ‘stuff’ during the course of a year – some of which they may never use at all. Spring is often considered to be the best possible time to clear out these items, particularly during the Easter holidays when everyone has a little bit of extra time on their hands.
How to spring clean your home
With the New Year well underway, all those Christmas decorations were stripped down long ago. But what about all the other items that were strewn across your home during the festive period? The kids’ old toys that were replaced by shiny new ones? The cards from friends and family? They’re all tucked away inside a cupboard, wardrobe, or attic no doubt, and spring presents a perfect chance to sort this stuff out once and for all.
Gather up all the old toys, put them in a box and donate them to charity. If your cards hold sentimental value and you don’t want to throw them away, consider creating a special storage unit for them.
Spring is a great time to take a long, hard look at your storage solutions; sliding wardrobes, under-bed drawers, shoe racks and clothes rails can go a long way to making your home look bigger, brighter, and better.
We know spring cleaning can feel like a bit of an overwhelming task, but we’ve got tips that can make it a heck of a lot easier. For clever storage solutions and décor that will bring a breath of fresh air to your home, visit the Hartleys Rooms website!