Why is it that we spring clean, where does the tradition come from?
Believe it or not, spring cleaning has been around for a long time and actually has some of its roots in religion.
For example, Jewish people often completely clean their home before Pesach or Passover, which happens in late March or early April.
Persian women clean everything in their house, including the ceilings before Nouroz, the Persian new year celebration. The cleaning of the house is called khooneh takouni, which translates as “shaking the house”.
The Chinese clean their houses in readiness for the new year, which occurs later in the year than ours. They sweep the floors and clean their homes in order to remove any misfortune or bad luck.
In England, at a guess, we perhaps wait until the spring to complete such thorough cleaning because before then it is not warm enough to open all the doors and windows!
“Spring cleaning can be the perfect opportunity to de-clutter, reassess, and make changes throughout your life”
Spring cleaning doesn’t just help clean your house, but it can be the perfect opportunity to de-clutter, reassess, and make changes throughout your life. It can be potentially boring task, cleaning (definitely not my favourite pastime), but it has to be said, it can give you a great sense of accomplishment once you have finished. De-cluttering can certainly have the same effect, getting rid of all the old stuff and things that you no longer need or use.
“Say goodbye to old habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and welcome in the new you”
The same can definitely be said of spring cleaning or de-cluttering your mind. Spring is an excellent time to clear out all the old rubbish, say goodbye to old habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and welcome in the new you.
Thinking about it, perhaps it would be more useful to start our resolutions at this time of year, rather than the actual start of the year. Ok, I know we would need to change the name from new year’s resolutions, but it certainly would make implementing exercise and dietary changes easier. After all, walking or running in the spring sunshine is certainly more of an attractive proposition than slogging through wind and rain.
Spring cleaning your mind is certainly something you can do to help yourself, but of course, if you do feel that you want or need professional help then a good counsellor or hypnotherapist can help you work through and resolve any old patterns of behaviour or old beliefs you might still be hanging on to that are no longer serving you.
To find a qualified counsellor, visit The National Counselling Society
To find a qualified hypnotherapist, visit The National Hypnotherapy Society