If you've ever wondered why spring cleaning came to be such a staple of the homekeeping zeitgeist, you should know that climate and cleaning have a long and storied relationship. It isn't arbitrary that we take on a massive deep clean of our homes in the springtime, it's almost destiny. The mild weather of spring simply makes cleaning easier. You can leave the windows open and scrub and dust to your heart's content, without worrying about bugs flying in or climate-controlled air escaping.
So spring became synonymous with taking on an ambitious and detailed display of housework. And the practice continues today. We use this time of year as a reset button to get our homes in order, but the actual work of knowing what to do and when to do it can be overwhelming at best, and exhausting at worst. No more!
It's time we let the "slow" movement creep into our housekeeping and take on a more relaxed and infinitely more doable version of spring cleaning this year—and Apartment Therapy is here to help.
Sign up for our 2017 Spring Cleaning email list and we'll send you simple, one-thing-at-a-time spring cleaning tasks. By the end of the month, you'll be able to check all the big once-a-year things off your cleaning and maintenance checklist, in only 20 minutes a day for 20 days.
Sign up now, and we'll kick off our spring clean on April 10!