Spring Cleaning is a practice that goes back many years and is prevalent in several cultures.
Many even believe it’s a biological instinct.
There are, of course, practical reasons to do a deep clean during the spring. Now that the cold weather has passed, you can fling open the windows and air out the room and items inside, allowing fresh air to circulate.
Years ago, when fireplaces were our only source of heat, spring would be the perfect opportunity finally to clean the soot and grime that had built up in their homes.
Rooms are now brighter and flooded with natural light which means dirt becomes more obvious. Plus, longer daylight hours allow for quick evening cleans instead of having to leave everything for one weekend.
Along with the logical reasons for cleaning in the spring, there’s also a belief that it’s our biology that springs us into action.
The change of season activates something encoded in our genes to spruce up the place for hygiene and aesthetics.
There’s a very interesting explanation for this;
During the winter months our bodies go into a mini hibernation due to a higher production of Melatonin (the sleep inducing hormone). We’re also less alert during this time, which means we aren’t as in tune to the little things going on around us (e.g.dusty windowsills and cobwebs).
As spring approaches, melatonin production slows and, in our more awake state, we begin to see how desperately in need of a good clean the house really is.
As well as this, the sun tends to give us more energy which means we’re feeling more ‘up to’ actually perform these cleaning tasks.
It’s also interesting to note that it’s not only humans who perform a ‘spring clean’. Some animals species clean out their nests and dens after hibernation, as they prepare to add new life to their homes.