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Spring Cleaning History
Every year around the months of March or April we hear people talking about it, we read about it in magazines and watch segments on HGTV and Martha Stewart speaking of its merits.
What could I be talking about?
We all use the phrase freely but where does the expression 'Spring Cleaning' come from?
History tells us that back in the olden days, spring cleaning was a much different concept then it is today. This cleaning was a necessary routine because of how people had to heat their homes and keep them lit. People used kerosene, wood, gas, oil, and candles which caused the house to develop dark sooty grime around it. The arrival of spring signaled warmer temperatures and the need to clean the ash, soot, and grime left behind on household surfaces. Thus, the notion of 'Spring Cleaning' was born. Thankfully, most of us now have modern heating and cooling systems eliminating such mess.
Today we do not do 'spring cleaning' for the same reason our ancestors did. In the 21st century, most people think of 'spring cleaning' as a time to throw open the windows, exchange their sweaters for lighter-weight clothing and clear through clutter that has collected while we burrowed in our homes during the winter months.
Have you made an appointment with yourself to start your Spring Cleaning?
posted on: 3/5/2012 11:00:00 AM by Stacey Agin Murray
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When you grow up in a 5x12 bedroom, you learn to organize pretty quickly! I chose to take that knowledge and turn it into a business helping people find what they need when they need it. I'm also the author of a wedding thank you note organizing guide and currently working on a manuscript that incorporates those ideas with 101 unique sample thank you notes (what bride can't use that?).
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