Did you know that the tradition of spring cleaning may have its origins in the Jewish observance of the Passover? Passover is a 7-day celebration that typically coincides with the week of Easter. While bunnies and egg hunts have largely eclipsed the Christian aim of Easter, many more Americans realize the significance of Lent, a 40-day period of personal preparation for that holiday.
Unlike Lenten practices, which typically involve extra dedication to certain acts of self-denial until Easter, the focus of Passover preparation is to make sure your home is Kosher by the time of Passover. As one observant Jew explains, “We accomplish [the removal of leaven instructed in Exodus] by cleaning and inspecting our homes well before Passover, and gradually eliminating chametz from every room and crevice.”
Spiritual Significance for Everyone
Whether or not you’re Jewish, the point is that it can be more than simply a physical task. Instead, you can find spiritual meaning or emotional benefits from your spring cleaning — even if “koshering” your utensils isn’t on your radar at all. There is something intrinsically fresh about spring, and you can capitalize on that by adding the equally refreshing freedom that comes with a “clean slate” throughout your home. Perhaps with each item you purge, you can name something for which you’re thankful or that you’ve already said “no” to in your life. Seeing all those things in a heap can bring a sense of fulfillment.
Importance of Imperfect Progress
Spring cleaning — and the goal of removing all leaven — can seem like a daunting task. Instead of an all-or-nothing approach, why not approach it like we do our faith or spirituality: a little progress is better than none at all. Maybe this year or this season, your aim is to simply focus on one room. Just like a single habit, that one change can be the start of many good things. But that’s not to say that in itself, it’s not worth celebrating. When we don’t let ourselves appreciate small victories, we set ourselves up for defeat.
Success and Celebration
Regardless of your spiritual or religious background and convictions, a huge part of life’s rhythms is found in specific times of celebration. Sometimes we celebrate certain holidays or “holy days,” while other times we celebrate particular achievements. Whether the two come together for you this spring, it’s important to have a timeframe in view as well as to mark it with celebration. What will it be for you? Maybe it’s having dinner out with friends, a special barbecue with a certain someone, or simply a decadent dessert from the bakery down the street. Maybe it would feel more rewarding to purchase that new décor item you’ve been eyeing but knew before that it would just add to the clutter.
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