Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

Hey everyone!

So after weeks of distractions, yesterday I FINALLY started my spring cleaning. I’ve found a few articles at Woman’s Day to keep me on track. Go to their website and search “spring cleaning.” You will find plenty of information to keep you busy. ;)

Do you ever wonder why we spring clean in the first place…where did the idea come from?

Some believe the origins of spring cleaning began with the Passover. This is the Jewish holiday that marks the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. All of the slaves in Egypt were fed unleavened bread---bread without yeast, so the Jews kept this as a part of the holiday as a reminder of all they had endured. In fact, anyone who had leavened bread in their home was looked down on and thought of as being arrogant. So as not to offend God or anyone else, the Jews would search their homes and be sure that there was not even a crumb of leavened bread in their homes.

Some believe that China was where spring cleaning began. In preparation of the New Year, the Chinese would clean their homes, to rid it of all the bad luck from the previous year. Once the home was pristine, the family would go on a sort of fast from sweeping for several days. This was supposed to allow the good luck for the New Year to stick around for a while.

There is also a theory that it could just be biology. In the winter we are not as exposed to the sunlight and this causes the pineal gland to produce melatonin, which is a hormone that causes sleepiness. In the spring time, the sun returns and we are given a new found energy, for things such as spring cleaning.

****Special thanks to Josh Clarke via TLC for all the great history info on spring cleaning.****

So yesterday, I started with the sink under the bathroom. I got rid of any old/empty bottles. I then went through a blue container in our hall closet that has bathroom odds and ends. I sifted through the junk and found many things out of place. I was able to get most of it to it’s designated area and some of it, I’m working on creating a designated area. Today I hope to finish the hall closet and move on to the next thing. Wish me luck!

So what are your thoughts on spring cleaning? Where do you usually begin?

Question 4: When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Right now, I would have to say that I would have said more than I have done. It is my hope that I will soon get to a place where I can know that I’ve accomplished a lot and have truly helped people.

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  1. WooHoo! I'm going to join you in Spring Cleaning today. I usually start with the bathrooms. My in-laws here last week, so I started with the guest bathroom and cleaned it top to bottom. Next up--the master bath. Hopefully I'll have more done than said today. Happy cleaning!

  2. I'm not spring cleaning; I'm downsizing altogether and it's a good feeling. I think you'll enjoy it. If you check out my blog, you'll see what I mean.

  3. Fun! I could use a spring cleaning, mostly in my car! I seem to really let it go in the Winter.. because its so cold here, not very motivating to sit out there and clean! Looking forward to a warm day to get started!

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    Have a wonderful day!

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  5. It's really really difficult to Spring Clean with two other girls living with me. My room is so cluttered with stuff it's slightly ridiculous because that's pretty much the only room i can put mine and Balian's stuff. Most of my Spring Cleaning will come once i start moving out. :D

    Pass me some of that infectious energy. Love you!

  6. We moved recently, and haven't unpacked everything because we may move again, so I don't have a whole lot of deep spring cleaning to do, thank goodness!

    Thank you for following my blog, I'm following you back! Love your blog design, so pretty!

  7. I plan on spring cleaning soon! I'm going to write a detailed list about what I want to do first though. :)

  8. im terrible at cleaning especially getting rid of stuff. i will become such a hoarder!

  9. @ Stephanie: Thanks for commenting. I think bathroom(s)
    are the best place to start. They are usually one of the smaller rooms in a home, starting there is usually quick and not to painful;) Happy Cleaning to you too! :)

    @ Marquis: John told me about that. I checked out your blog and think it's a great idea. In my spring cleaning, I will also be getting rid of some things. John and I both came from families that collect alot of things. It's hard for me to part with sentimental things, but I think it's even harder for John.

  10. @ Just Married with Coupons: That makes sense, I would be the same way. Thanks for the follow:)

    @ Mandy: Thanks for the follow:)

    @ Victoria: When are you moving? Any energy I have is God given...I wouldn't be any where without Him. I love you too!

  11. @ Nikki: That's understandable, lucky;) Thanks for the follow and compliment. It took me a bit to find a layout I really liked.

    @ Missy: Thanks for the comment. Good idea!

    @ Toesthattwinkle!: I completely understand. I dread getting to the bedrooms. That's going to be rough stuff!


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