Copyright 2013 David Belt
It’s that time of year ago, time to go through junk collected in ritually ignored corners of our respective abodes. For some of us those corners consume entire rooms, yet even the tidiest of us have those disregarded areas of closets and drawers, wistfully forgotten.
Spring cleaning carries with it ancient traditions. In Persian cultures, the new year starts in the spring, and the week prior to the new year is spent in preparation to include a thorough cleaning of the house. In Hebrew cultures, the week prior to Passover is spent in preparation, again including a thorough cleaning of the house. In other cultures, prior to the invention of the vacuum cleaner, households were encouraged to dust in the month of March, because it was warm enough to open the house to sweep out the dirt, but not so warm as to let bugs in the house while doing so. Whatever the reason, it is a tradition best kept.
Aside from the obvious results of a cleaner home, there are deeper, personal reasons for engaging in this thorough cleansing of the home. As we deep clean in put off areas, we rediscover ourselves. We find lost treasures, vaccinate our present from closed events of the past, and re-remember our history. Every folded paper, every broken article has a story, our story. We put them in their proper place and somehow order ourselves in the process.
I am still battling myself, as I continue to clean for a new spring. If you haven’t started, yet, it’s not too late to discover where your battle will lead you. And all it will cost you is a cleaner home.