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Professor Rue: Spring Cleaning

Come springtime, we're ready to clean the house but where did this tradition come from?

Copy: Katherine McEachern, Stylist: Meagan Camp, Photography: Emily Gilbert

Throughout this month, we’ve been talking spring cleaning on Rue Daily but where does the tradition come from? There are several possible origins of spring cleaning. The Persian New Year, Norouz, falls on the first day of spring and Iranians practice “khooneh tekouni” or “shaking the house” where everything is cleaned in preparation. Additionally, Jewish traditions of preparing for Passover, which falls in the spring, include cleaning the home to remove all traces of leavened bread, and in Greece, the house is cleaned before or during the Great Lent week in the spring. In the United States, March’s mild climate allowed the windows and doors to be thrown open and the wind to carry away dust during a through cleaning.

Though many of the traditions of spring are no longer celebrated, it is still the perfect time to do those cleaning chores you may not get around to the rest of the year, even if you should. Rotate your mattress and vacuum all the way under the bed. Go through your closet and donate the clothes you haven’t worn in the past year.

Luckily several companies are making spring cleaning more stylish than ever. We love Crate and Barrel’s Clean Slate collection and West Elm’s Market. Both stock brooms, dust pans, and other cleaning essentials that you won’t need to hide away (or at least that will make you smile when you reach for them.) So treat yourself to a new cleaning buddy and get ready because May is almost here.

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