Operation Spring Cleaning and Decluttering 2023

Spring is In the Air!

I’m having a hard time accepting that Spring is right around the corner since March is usually the snowiest month in Colorado. This weekend begins Daylight Savings, and spring officially arrives on Monday, March 20th. This also means that even though we may see more snow it is time to talk about Spring Cleaning. It’s also time to relaunch Operation Spring Cleaning and Decluttering.

Do You Spring Clean?

I grew up in a house where Spring Cleaning was an undertaking. It was when curtains got washed, furniture got moved to clean under, and drawers and closets got cleaned out. As an adult I find that Spring Cleaning gets me excited for warmer months ahead.

Have you ever thought about where Spring Cleaning comes from? I had not really given it much thought until I began writing about Spring Cleaning a few years ago. It is actually a tradition that dates back hundreds of years (maybe even thousands). It is also strongly rooted in religion. I found a bit of info on Wikipedia, so if it differs from what any of you may know, I would love to hear your feedback. 

Some believe that it has origins that trace it to a practice related to the Persian New Year which is on the first day of Spring. Iranians call this Khaneh-Tekani which means “shaking the house.” So cool! Others owe its origins to the Jewish custom of cleaning the home in anticipation of Passover. There are yet others who trace it to the Catholic Church’s tradition of cleaning the church altar and its surroundings the day before Good Friday. Stories of the origin of Spring Cleaning go on from there.

crop woman dusting lamp during housework
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Are You Ready to Dive In?

Regardless of where the practice comes from it feels good to give your home a little deep cleaning and decluttering. Over the next three weeks, I will be focusing on Spring Cleaning and decluttering my home, but also giving some tips and motivation to do your own.

March also gives additional external motivation because of National Clean Out Your Closet Week (March 13-19), Clutter Awareness Week (March 19-25), and National Cleaning Week (March 26-April 1). It goes to show that people are serious about their March cleaning!

Make your own commitment to getting your home ready for beautiful weather ahead. Follow Operation Spring Cleaning and Decluttering 2023 by subscribing to our blog or signing up for our email list by clicking here.

Follow me on social media for additional motivation along the way. Check out my Facebook or Instagram Pages. If you want additional tips, moral support, or accountability, then head over to my private Facebook group, The Organized Priorities Collective

Happy Organizing!

Operation Spring Cleaning and Decluttering 2023 photo with cleaning products

Published by Jenn DePauw - Organized Priorities

Jenn is the owner of Organized Priorities, a Colorado-based company specializing in Organization, Productivity, and Operations. As an organization and productivity professional, Jenn specializes in individual and team productivity coaching as well as organization for both individuals and small businesses. She is also the author of The Organized Priorities Blog (www.organizedpriorities.com/blog), an organization and lifestyle blog that focuses on making life more organized, more productive, and a little easier. For helpful tips on everything from weekly planning to home organization, and daily celebrations to words of encouragement you can follow @organizedpriorities on Instagram.

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