“As the earth tilts toward the sun, in the northern hemisphere at least, the daffodils are blooming and there’s a freshness in the air. It feels natural to fling open the windows, let in some fresh air—and maybe vacuum under the rugs. This “feeling” is part of a worldwide phenomenon known as spring cleaning. With roots that trail through neurochemistry, religion, spirituality, and healthy living, spring cleaning is a popular practice that, given its prevalence, could even be considered a global rite.
Biology may play a role in the human urge to spring clean. During darker winter months, the body produces more melatonin, a hormone that increases sleepiness. As days lengthen, this natural lethargy lessens and we literally feel “lighter.” With greater energy, we're more likely to want to clean our homes.”
There is much more we can learn about spring cleaning which does go back to biblical times. Various cultures throughout the world have their own unique traditions for this annual custom.
Besides opening the windows, sweeping out the dust, decluttering, I find it also a good time to clean out some bad habits, negative thoughts and concepts that keep us in a less than desirable state.
A.A. Milne noted a plus side of being disorderly is making exciting discoveries when decluttering. Those “exciting discoveries” can be a form of noticing new things . Noticing new things leads to mindfulness and being in the present. So many pluses to the spring cleaning ritual. Guess I’d better get out the broom and vacuum and get going.
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