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It’s Clean Up Your Room Day!

I know—you are thinking, You’ve got to be joking! My parents celebrate that EVERY DAY!”  

Well, maybe this holiday was created by a parent who had grown tired of asking kids to clean their rooms. Or maybe it’s a hold-over from “Back in the Day” when spring cleaning was quite a serious undertaking.

The tradition of spring cleaning dates back to the days when people relied on fire to light and heat their homes through the winter. After months of being shut up with no fresh air, everything in the house would be covered in soot and ash. Spring cleaning traditionally took place on the first warm day of the season. The entire family would roll up their sleeves and move all the furniture and linens outdoors. Then they would  clean the house from top to bottom, scrubbing  the walls, beating dirt out of the carpets, and dusting everything in sight.

Messy Room Ftr CFF 7088518285_60dbfa3668_oSo take a look at your room today, and decide what you will tackle first—that floor full of clutter, a messy closet, an unmade bed, the stuff you no longer use. Make a plan—tackle one thing at a time. If it’s been a long time since the last clean-up, it may take you more than one day.

And try to make it fun. Get your whole family involved in spring cleaning—parents should have to practice what they preach, right? The more, the merrier! Donate some things to help others. Be sure to reward yourselves when the work is done.

If you are still resisting the urge to dive into this celebration, remember that Sunday is Mother’s Day. What a great gift it would be for Mom to see your room spic and span!

Happy Clean Up Your Room Day! And post some before & after shots if you’re brave enough!

 

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