Good to know It's time for spring-cleaning - we show you the 7 steps

Spring-cleaning is a tradition with various historical and cultural backgrounds. In many cultures, it is closely associated with the beginning of spring and renewal. One possible origin of spring-cleaning can be traced back to the Jewish Passover, during which a thorough house cleaning is performed to remove impurities. In other cultures, such as in Iran, the New Year celebration of Nowruz is accompanied by a deep house cleaning. These traditions have evolved and have become an integral part of many households. Spring-cleaning allows us to rid our homes of winter dust and clutter, and it offers an opportunity not only for physical cleansing but also for symbolic cleaning to make room for new beginnings and let go of old burdens.

In Linda Thomas' book "Spring Cleaning - Cleaning as a Cultural Tradition and Other Beautiful Things," you can learn even more fascinating details.
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In this blog post, we will provide you with some tips on how to approach your spring-cleaning effectively while integrating sustainable practices.

1. Plan your spring-cleaning: Make a list of the areas you want to clean and create a schedule. This will help you stay organized and make your cleaning process more efficient.

2. Declutter and purge: Use spring-cleaning as an opportunity to part ways with unnecessary items. Sort through your clothes, household items, and personal belongings, and donate or sell what you no longer need. Decluttering not only creates more space, but also reduces waste and promotes a minimalist and organized home.

3. Use green cleaning products: Avoid chemical-laden cleaning products and opt for eco-friendly alternatives. Natural cleaning agents like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and borax are effective and environmentally friendly. They can remove dirt and germs just as well as conventional products without harming the environment.

4. Use reusable cleaning cloths: Instead of disposable paper towels, choose reusable cleaning cloths. Microfiber cloths are ideal as they clean effectively and can be used multiple times. Make sure to wash them thoroughly after use to keep them ready for the next cleaning session. Note: Never wash microfiber cloths with cotton.

5. Open windows and doors for fresh air: During spring-cleaning, open windows and doors to let in fresh air and ensure good ventilation. This not only improves indoor air quality, but also gives your home a pleasant freshness.

6. Maintain your appliances: Use spring-cleaning as an opportunity to clean and maintain your household appliances. Remove dust and dirt from refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, and other devices. Regular maintenance ensures a longer lifespan and better energy efficiency.

7. Practice sustainable disposal: Dispose of cleaning products you no longer need in an environmentally friendly manner. Familiarize yourself with local recycling and disposal options to ensure proper disposal of these products.

Spring-cleaning is not limited to the external home; it can also have a metaphorical meaning. In her book, Linda Thomas emphasizes that spring-cleaning can be used to cleanse and clarify our inner world. Just as we declutter our physical homes, we can also let go of negative thoughts, old beliefs, and emotional burdens. By taking stock of our thoughts and habits, identifying negative patterns, and promoting positive changes, we create space for growth, clarity, and a fulfilling life. Spring-cleaning for the soul is a conscious process of self-reflection and letting go, promoting inner peace and well-being.

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At Valeriana, we are happy to support you in your spring-cleaning endeavours. Simply reach out to us and book your appointment online.

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