I’m thankful that household heating technology has progressed to the point where we don’t have to worry about scrubbing wood, coal and oil smoke off our walls and ceilings every spring. We still burn non-renewable resources, so our heat isn’t “clean,” but at least my furnace doesn’t coat my abode with layers of grime.
For me, spring cleaning involves just a few specific tasks:
- Footwear shuffling: summer sandals come out of their designated basement tub, winter shoes go in.
- Moving the bikes and lawn mower into the garage for easy access. The car is exiled to the driveway until the first snow.
- Washing the woolens.
I used to be able to get the woolen washing done in one batch. These days, it takes multiple batches.
Now that the hats and mittens are done, it’s time to tackle scarves and cowls. Sweaters to follow. I want everything clean before I put it away for the season. Moths love nothing better than dirty wool.