Spring Cleaning: History & Benefits
It’s no secret that spring cleaning can be a big chore. But it’s interesting that many of us have an instinct to clean our homes inside and out as the weather gets warmer. Have you ever wondered how this spring cleaning ritual started?
Several theories – both historical and biological – have been proposed to explain why we’ve adopted the practice of spring cleaning. Researchers have traced the origin of spring cleaning to the Persian new year ritual of “khooneh tekouni”, which translates to “shaking the house.”During this New Year tradition, Persian custom dictates that the entire house be thoroughly cleaned. Once the home is cleaned, the new year is welcomed.
Another spring cleaning tradition can be traced back to the Jewish festival of Passover. In preparation of the week long celebration, the Jewish people practice the ritual of removing remnants of “chametz” or leavened bread from their homes. This means that observant Jews conduct a spring cleaning followed by the traditional ritual of hunting for chametz crumbs by candlelight.
Despite these long-standing traditions, the reason you may feel compelled to embark on a spring cleaning project could be completely biological. During the spring months, the days start to get longer and the weather starts to get warmer, which means you’re more likely to have the energy and motivation to clean up after a long, dark winter.
Spring cleaning and organizing your home can greatly benefit your mental health. Organizing and de-cluttering are a great way to help improve your mood, quell unwanted stress caused by extra clutter, and inspire some creativity in your home.
Taking on the job of spring cleaning can even improve the physical health of you and your family. A thorough cleaning of your home can help you avoid allergy symptoms. Removing dust, dirt, and grime will make you feel healthier during a time when the air is full of allergens.
Let us help you check off an important part of your spring cleaning checklist! Schedule an HVAC tune up with Columbia Heating and Cooling. The spring months are the best time to schedule maintenance to ensure that your air conditioner is in top working order before the hot weather arrives. We’ll make sure your HVAC system is in great working order and providing you with the most efficient heating and cooling for the coming year. Give us a call today and kick start your spring cleaning traditions!