Spring Cleaning

It’s one of those rituals that I have usually no interest in participating in. I clean when I want to…and not on some arbitrary schedule of when one should do their cleaning. Although that probably sounds unduly hostile on my part. I just really don’t like timelines on when is a good time to do things. And the whole idea that spring must mean cleaning has always just irked me a bit. However, as it is still spring, I find myself doing a lot of cleaning.

Not just the physical, normal cleaning of my apartment, which I am doing. I’m downsizing furniture and items, rearranging my bookshelves, and cleaning up my room to make it cleaner and easier to navigate. I’m enjoying planning out the new arrangement of my room, which is the biggest need of updating and cleaning. Though I still don’t know what I’m going to do with all my books, as I have far too many to be manageable with the small amount of storage space I currently possess. Some day I’ll have a place where I can put all my books out on display, but for now I update, clean and reorganize to fit within the bounds of what I have.

I’m also working on some spiritual cleaning. That means getting rid of things that are no longer useful for me, and bringing in new things that are more useful. So I’m shedding those ideas that no longer work. Streamlining my research ideas, and updating what is most important to research and study. I kind of enjoy an idea of reconfiguring and restructuring my path, while cleaning up what is either extraneous or needs tweaking to fit into my beliefs and clearing out what is no longer needed.

So for once in my life, I’m actually completely into spring cleaning.

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I'm a bibliophile who loves collecting books. Definite cat person. Amateur historian and major geek, who loves all things Tolkien and Star Trek. I'm also fluent in German.

2 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning

  1. I understand perfectly not like being told when or what to do – even it comes to cleaning (which overall I despise the process but love the outcome).

    For me the term “spring” with cleaning is a harkening back to hundreds of years before when winter was a time to hunker down, and spring heralded a time that stores could finally be replenished without the worry of more snow isolating you, when linens could be washed and spread out to dry in the sun and wind, homes could be whitewashed etc.. All sorts of major chores that winter, in a more primitive society, just made it impossible to accomplish.

    Nowadays, I prefer the term deep cleaning as opposed to the daily or weekly cleans any home requires. It makes more sense as most of my cleaning rhythms are not tied to seasons.

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