The three days following Palm Sunday have traditionally been “spring cleaning” days, when the entire house is thoroughly de-cluttered, dusted, scoured, and otherwise made as neat as possible for the greatest feast of the Christian year. Spring cleaning is a custom derived from the ancient Jewish practice of ritually cleansing the whole house in preparation for the Feast of Passover. During spring cleaning days, not an inch of the home is to be spared the swipe of a dustrag or spritz of polish.
This is bad news for those of us whose lack of focus and organization make even day-to-day housecleaning a challenge. It’s been said that “housecleaning done properly can kill you,” and I believe it. After all, the struggle to keep up with the laundry has resulted in a few near-death experiences of my own.
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