OK: How many of you are looking forward to spring cleaning?

United States
February 27, 2009 11:01pm CST
I don't know about you but I look forward to it every year. In the winter, my family and I tend to get feeling cooped up...cabin fever in deep winter, we're we're snowed in frequently...and things don't stay as neat as I'd like during the winter because of this. I really look forward to the first warm day that marks spring so that I can throw open all the doors and windows, kick boxes of things and furniture outside, and start the heavy duty cleaning and rearranging. You'd think that this wouldn't be something I'd look forward to, considering it's a ton of work, but actually...I prefer to keep busy and keeping my residence clean is something I can get a little obsessive about -- due to spending part of my childhood growing up in small cramped houses. I feel aggitated throughout the winter, because I want to kick everything out (including my family!) and open all the windows...and can't do that. It's a struggle oftentimes to get basic cleaning done, because everyone's lounging about and not wanting to do anything...because of cabin fever, feeling cooped up, tired from shoveling snow, etc. etc. So I really, really, really look forward to spring cleaning. How about you guys? I trust this isn't something that's solely common among...well, me and a few people I know. xD Do you look forward to spring cleaning? If so, why? If not, why not? What're your fun and nightmarish stories about spring cleaning?
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I don't look forward to the cleaning itself but I love opening the windows and enjoying the wonderful, fresh breeze winding through the house! And of course that makes me want to dig in and get everything aired out and scrubbed up and dusted and thrown out! Right now I can hardly wait to hear the first lawnmower, see the grass get green, plant my garden and have a house that's newly clean-even the corners and under the bed-and to NOT feel chilly! Hey, you are NOT 8 years old! I just went through my new friends, realized I forgot to turn on your notification and saw that your profile says you're 8! Well, I corrected everything and now till know when you start something. Sorry if I missed a bunch!
• United States
1 Mar 09
Ah, fresh spring air! *reminsces about warm spring storms* I can't wait even more, the more I think about it, either. It's pretty cool the things that can get a person motivated to clean Lol, two years ago (back toward when I first joined mylot), I set it to "six" as a joke to a troll I and friends we dealing with at the time...I don't really live in that city there anymore, either, I just never got around to changing it. Anyway, it's okay! =) I actually don't start discussions as often as most of the people I'm friends with on mylot, just every now and then, so I don't think you missed much. xD I wish there was a way to set notify automatically on, =o I just set yours to notify today, too *thought it was prudent since I seem to respond to your discussions often enough* heh.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
1 Mar 09
That's a funny thing to do to a troll! I used to live in London but I've never heard of New London. I'll have to check it out sometime. You won't miss much if you're looking for discussions by me, I'm mostly a responder. My life isn't exciting enough to interest many people!
• United States
3 Mar 09
London and New London couldn't be more different, really. London is a huge city that's been around for a loooong time. New London is a dinky little town in rural Ohio with one grocery store, one McDonald's, and a handful of small town businesses. It's only been around for a few generations, as well. I rather like it, compared to where I lived last year (the small-to-medium sized city of Norwalk)..but I do recommend just touring around rural Ohio in general. There's alot of history and different people out here...and the country is beautiful, especially during weather. Still, sounds like you might be more well-traveled than me. I've lived in a total of four cities and two patches of farmland...and never outside of my state. Maybe there are more similarities than I'd think. I was gonna say, "Hey! Your life seems interesting from your discussions!"...but then I realized that I don't really think the same things are interesting as "most people" xD so I'll shush on that, I shouldn't speak on the behalf of "most people" with my opinions. And heh, well, the troll didn't know I did that. I did it after they were banned and the whole thing was over, but I thought it was funny at the time, heh.
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Mar 09
I have to admit that I have no urge to spring clean at all! I certainly recognise the symptoms of cabin fever during the worse weather though. Our weather here has just turned nicer this last week or so, and suddenly we're all so much more cheerful and motivated. Although I've not been inspired to clean, I've been working my way through my mega to do list instead.
• United States
3 Mar 09
It's amazing how much better alot of us feel just 'cause it's warmer and sunnier!
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I am sooo looking forward to it getting warmer so I can get in the mood for a good spring cleaning. I can't seem to get motivated while it's still so cold.
• United States
2 Mar 09
I can't seem to either, Piasa. Bring on the warm!
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Thanks for the reminder! That I should get it done before spring weather gets here! (So I can be outside in my free time.) P.S. - my house is crazy what with two grown kids still living here and two children, all in this little house! The clutter!! Even with spring cleaning, we'll be working around the clutter! One thing I've learned to avoid is to not hurriedly go through things throwing them into trash bags! Either I throw out things we want (like some really cute pictures) or someone else's stuff and that never goes well.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
7 Mar 09
I don't necessarily look forward to it, but spring comes and I have this need to clean and clear and.... I'm sure you know the feeling :) The thought of finally opening windows and feel the clean air coming trough is one of the more pleasant ones to me after all those winter months. Latelly, however, my major problem is space, so even with all these feelings to clean and move and change things I am limited to what I can do and that frustrates me to no end. I like space. I like to be able to clean - or even just move around - without having to bum into things or turn sideways to fit in a tight space. I can't even move my furniture around to clean because I have no space to move it around grrrrrrrrrrr
• Canada
3 Mar 09
I never looked forward to spring cleaning because I thought of all the harmfull chemicles that we use every day to clean our houses! Then I found these great all natural cleaning products on the internet! They have a multipurpos cleaner that cleans everything from your kitchen sink to your stove! It is absolutly great! You wouldnt believe how well it works on mold! Living in an attached home with people on either side of me and drafty windows I get alot of mold around the windows! You wouldnt think it after I used this stuff! It is even safe to use on childrens toys. I researched lysol sprays and found that they have chemicles in them that is banned in most states lysol is not aloud to be used in most eastern counterys! But it is still being sold in stores in canada!
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I don't like cleaning, so I don't look forward to that. On the other hand, I love getting rid of things we don't need, and making more space. So that part I do like. It's amazing how much stuff I find I didn't know we had. Stuff I've bought again cause I didn't know about it! Or stuff I have uses for, but hadn't found in months. I love finding new/old things!
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
I actually did my personal spring cleaning in October. I moved from the U.S. to Canada. Everything that wouldn't fit in two suitcases ended up in the dumpster or given away, including my car. Now I have to clean my wife's apartment.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I tend to do a quarterly cleaning thing, meaning I do a major overhaul of cleaning and getting rid of stuff at each season not just springtime. Since I'm a neat freak and a stickler for organization to begin with, the one major task with me seems to be going through papers that have accumulated and junking what I don't need anymore...you'd be surprised how that piles up. Since I'm on my own, save for my two kitties I don't have the same aggravation of contending with others living with me.
@mscott (1924)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I never look forward to cleaning. However, there is something nice about opening up the house and letting that fresh air in. Even if it is a little chilly it is nice to air things out and just get spring into the house. We have young kids so there is always cleaning to be done, it doesn't matter what season it is.