Spring Cleaning: Past and Present

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Today is April 2. Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Me, either.

Years ago, women would do a huge spring clean. Perhaps wood or coal-burning stoves and furnaces had something to do with that. As soon as the weather was nice enough, their houses would get a good airing-out and cleaning.

In the Little House books, set in the late 1800s, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes the annual event. Laura’s mother, Laura, and her sisters would empty the house of its furniture, empty and refill the mattresses for their beds, scrub the floors, etc. Whew! I have it easy!

I don’t remember my mom having a big spring cleaning tradition. If she did, she must have cleaned while my siblings and I were at school and out-of-the-way. But, when the weather would get nice and we had a clothesline, she’d start hanging wet laundry outside to dry.

I don’t do really do a huge spring clean, either. But, every spring I sweep out the garage, wash and put away the winter coats, snow pants, hats and gloves, and have my minivan detailed–and not all on the same day. This year I’m also cleaning my kitchen cabinets with Liquid Gold.

What spring cleaning traditions did your family have? What do you do now?

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