Spring has sprung and if you’re like us thoughts will have turned to the big yearly clean! At Trust & Dust HQ this means things like cleaning out kitchen cupboards and re-organising them, vacuuming and dusting in all the nooks and crannies that can get missed, and worst of all, cleaning out our car!
But why do we have ‘spring cleaning’, why isn’t there such a thing as summer, autumn or winter cleaning?
Some people think the origins of spring cleaning can be attributed to the Jewish custom of thoroughly cleaning homes before the Jewish Passover feast. Orthodox countries, like Greece, also have ‘spring cleaning’. In these countries it’s traditional to clean your home during the first week of Great Lent (otherwise known as ‘Clean Week’).
In North America and Northern Europe before the invention of the best thing since sliced bread (vacuum cleaners!), spring used to be seen as the best time of year for dusting your house. That’s because it’s warm enough to open your doors and windows to let all the dust out, but it’s not too hot that insects will come inside!
There’s even a ‘National Spring Cleaning Week’, in the UK, which is the 14th to 20th March. This aims to encourage Brits to clean their homes and spring clean theirs lives too: http://www.springcleaningweek.com
Here at Trust and Dust, spring signals the end of a busy winter which we’ve spent cleaning the chalets and apartments of Morzine, so we think it’s time our own homes got a bit of love!