2022 has arrived, and it’s time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning your home! But do you know why you should do Spring Cleaning? Or how you can make your chores so much easier? If not, don’t worry—read on to learn everything you need to know about Spring Cleaning, including the history and origins of the tradition, as well as some foolproof ways to avoid doing too much (or any) cleaning this season.
(Spring Cleaning Sale and Free Printable Cleaning checklist at the end of the article!)
1. Why Do I Need To Do Spring Cleaning?
Apart from forming good habits and making your parents happy, Spring Cleaning is a vital aspect to starting the New Year. Your home houses plenty of germs, toxins, bacteria, and other creepy crawlies you would rather not know exist!
What’s more, seasonal weather would make this a great time to give your home a proper scrub down. With it being very wet from November to February, there is bound to be plenty of mould hiding. Come March to May, the weather becomes very hot, giving all sorts of other bacteria the perfect conditions to fester.
What’s more, it has been suggested that a clean and decluttered space leads to better mental health and focus.
2. History & Origins Of Spring Cleaning
The term “Spring Cleaning” dates back at least as far as 1849, when it appeared in a novel by British novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. He wrote, “The house must be put into thorough spring-cleaning; and I propose that we shut up shop altogether for a fortnight, and go away somewhere into the country”.
While the origins are not entirely clear and varies from culture to culture( some speculate it may have originated as far back as Ancient Persia), it is commonly believed that Spring Cleaning came as a celebration of the end of Winter. Houses were given a thorough clean before spending summer months out and about so as to enjoy fresh air and better living conditions.
3. How Long Does it Take To Complete A Home Spring Clean
On average, it can take about four days for two people to clean a 5-bedroom HDB flat. While this may seem long, we are accounting for chores that include deep cleaning of every nook and cranny in the house.
We recommend breaking up those four days into two weekends so you don’t feel like you’re cramming everything into one busy week. Two full weekends also give you time to deep clean separate rooms (such as bedrooms, bathrooms, or kitchens), which requires more than just surface scrubbing.
Before you get to it, be sure that you are adopting good cleaning habits first from this article! You don’t want to end up spreading more germs and dirt.
3. Things To Consider
As the saying goes: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Here is a basic breakdown on what to consider:
As mentioned above, it is recommended to split the chores into 2 weekends. However, this is just a guideline. In fact, you can even spread it into short 1 hour bursts of cleaning up a day instead! Here is a list of chores you can easily tackle in only five minutes.
When was the last time you cleaned your mop? Where do you keep your cleaning materials? The difference between cleaning your home with properly maintained tools and dirty appliances is night and day. In fact, older unmaintained appliances could potentially make the home even dirtier! Read this article to see if your cleaning appliances are really clean.
The more the merrier! Of course, do stick to the number of permitted guests per household!
4. Step Checklist For Spring Cleaning
Don’t want to rack your brain around every single thing to clean? We got you covered! Click HERE for a printable to-do list.
Congratulations on making it this far! It means that you really care for your home and the people living in it. To give you a good head start, we are having a Spring Cleaning Sale from now until 31st Jan with up to 50% OFF storewide! Here’s to a great year ahead! SHOP NOW!
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