Coronavirus has done strange things to how we perceive time. Without the routine commutes, lunch breaks and watercooler chats, our working week has pretty much blurred into one. And that’s if you haven’t been furloughed. Either way, many of us are spending huge amounts of time at home and we’re having to work extra hard maintaining the routines and rhythms that regulate our lives.
And just like that, spring gave way to summer. In ‘coronatime’, this means that our favourite seasonal pastime is now a summer thing. We’re talking about the hallowed ‘spring clean’, of course. A term that has roots in Hebrew culture, spring cleaning has long typified our transition from winter to spring and it’s here to stay.
So without further ado, we’re going to investigate the roots of ‘spring cleaning’ and how it spanned two seasons in the year that’s going to be hard to forget: 2020.
Where does ‘spring cleaning’ come from?
Universally, the idea of a spring clean is to prepare your home to leave the cold, harsh winter behind and make way for spring. It’s almost a celebration of the return of natural life. Historically speaking, it has origins in ancient Jewish culture and the preparation of your home in time for Passover.
You will also find that spring cleaning has roots in ancient Iran, where the process of khaneh tekani (literally ‘shaking the house’) would take place before the Persian new year.
Whichever way you choose to apply the term in your home, it collectively addresses the transition from winter to spring. It’s a healthy way to prepare your body, mind, and home (which are all interrelated) for the new season.
How to spring clean
Spring cleaning could really apply to anything, from clearing out your garage to scrubbing your floors or organising your paperwork. These tasks are often put off, yet they require plenty of work to complete. The key is that once they’re done, your everyday life benefits and you feel content with yourself and with your home.
Summer cleaning tips for your lockdown summer
Many of our lockdown and post-lockdown activities include home improvement and DIY projects, mostly because we should make our homes as comfortably liveable as we can, given that we’re at home so much. When you think about it, this is the perfect opportunity to make our living spaces the best they can be.
With that in mind, here are some interseasonal cleaning tips, perfect for this blurry stretch of time across spring and summer.
Fight summer odours in your home
Summer is a beautiful time of year, but if you’re not careful, the added heat and humidity can create unpleasant odours that you will not want to live with. The environment also creates an ideal arena for bacteria to thrive.
A little tip of ours is to sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your trash bins. This will help absorb some of the odours and prevent a bacteria-friendly environment.
Dust more regularly during summer
As more light makes its way into your home, dust is usually more prevalent during summer. It’s no coincidence that home allergies are more common in summer than any other time of the year. This spring-summer (sprummer?) clean should see you dusting regularly so that you can stay one step ahead of the gathering dust.
Pull the weeds from your garden
Spring/summer cleaning doesn’t have to be limited to your indoor spaces, especially when you are likely craving outdoor time. Use simple garden tools to pull the weeds at their root (we generally do not recommend pesticides because of their effects on the environment and natural life). Just one afternoon of hard work and you’ll see a great difference in your patio or garden space.
Watch out for mildew and mould
Like we said earlier, the humid environment of summer can create suitable environments for all manner of bacteria to grow. Look out for the areas of your home that receive little or no ventilation, like bathrooms, airing cupboards and the like. If there is any way that you can ventilate these areas, even by way of opening doors or with a dehumidifier, then you would effectively reduce the chance of mildew (it commonly gathers in corners of rooms and around bathing areas).
Embrace essential oils
With a simple diffuser and a complementary combination of essential oils, you can bring a little bit of the natural world indoors. Essential oils have been scientifically shown to improve mood, and they are also very effective for balancing your energies and lulling you into a calm state of mind in the evenings.
In terms of summer, there are essential oils that invoke summer smells and sensations, so if you’re tired of being indoors, you can bring some of the summer spirit to your home. We recommend a blend of lemongrass and sweet orange to liven up your space.
Clean your barbeque the right way
Lots of us are taking solace in our gardens and are enjoying socially distanced barbecues with friends and loved ones. To ensure your barbeque is clean and up to the task, you’ll want to clean it while still warm, using a tough wire brush to cut through the grime.
Clean your windows (outside first)
Cleaning your windows is one of the best things you can do to make your home the best (and cleanest) it can be. So, either go for a homemade concoction of window cleaner or a shop-bought solution – the fewer chemicals the better – and get to work. We recommend that you clean the externals first as, when you clean the insides, you’ll be able to tell if you have missed any bits.
Use leftovers in your cleaning products
Bear with us. We just mentioned homemade cleaning solutions so thought it would be good to expand on. There are certain foods that can be used in your cleaning arsenal, like lemons and citrus fruits in general. If you have a half of lemon leftover, you can use it to scrub stainless steel fittings and faucets as the natural acids act as cleaning agents. After scrubbing, all you need to do is wipe down with a cloth. Simple.
Your home, your way
Now is the time to make the home you have always wanted. We have a passion for interior design, and want to help in achieving your vision. We have a fine collection of handmade lamps and handcrafted furniture, the quality of which is both unique and unparalleled.