Kwento Kwentuhan

Embracing Renewal

The Art of Spring Cleaning

Liza A Pierce of “A Maui Blog”

The first quarter of 2024 is pau and Springtime is here. While Hawai‘i doesn’t have a traditional four seasons commonly found in other regions, it does undergo distinct and unique changes throughout the year, and so we still are familiar with spring.

As spring breathes life into the world, and here on Maui, it brings with it the perfect opportunity for tidying up—aka Spring Cleaning
Beyond the act of removing dust and clutter, Spring Cleaning is a rejuvenating process revitalizing both our living spaces and our minds. In this month’s Kwento-Kwentuhan, we explore the significance of Spring Cleaning, its benefits and how to approach this annual tradition with purpose.

Something that can be done at any time is often done at no time. – Gretchen Rubin.
Photo: Liza Pierce

1. A Tradition of Renewal Spring Cleaning is deeply rooted in various cultures and traditions around the world. Historically, it marked the transition from the hibernation of winter to the vibrancy of spring. The idea is to welcome the season of rebirth by shedding the accumulated weight of the past. This tradition symbolizes not only a physical cleanse but also a mental and spiritual one. This is a good reminder for all of us especially in this season.

2. The Psychological Benefits Engaging in Spring Cleaning can have profound effects on our mental well-being. The act of decluttering and organizing is a cathartic process allowing us to let go of the old and make space for the new. As we clean and organize our surroundings, we often find ourselves decluttering our minds as well. This process can reduce stress, enhance focus and create a more harmonious living environment. As the famous author Gretchen Rubin says, “outer order contributes to inner calm.”

3. Physical Health and Well-being The act of cleaning itself is a form of physical activity, contributing to our overall health. Dusting, sweeping and scrubbing are all forms of exercise boosting our energy levels and promoting a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, a clean living space reduces the presence of allergens and promotes better air quality, supporting respiratory health. I live in Kīhei and it can get dusty here. I need to do some deep dusting—checking nooks and crooks as I do my Spring Cleaning.

4. Creating a Clean Canvas Spring Cleaning provides an opportunity to reassess and redefine our living spaces. It is a chance for us to get creative and make changes enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of our homes. Consider rearranging furniture, introducing new decor elements or even giving your living space a fresh coat of paint. These simple changes can breathe new life into your surroundings. And how about planting some new plants in your garden? Yes, I thnk I will buy some periwinkles and plant them this spring to brighten our garden. Or maybe start an herb garden.

5. Sustainable Spring Cleaning As we embrace the renewal of spring, it is essential to approach our cleaning rituals with sustainability in mind. Let us consider using eco-friendly cleaning products, repurposing or donating items instead of discarding them (think Salvation Army or Goodwill) and adopting practices minimizing your environmental impact. By making conscious choices during our Spring Cleaning, we contribute to both personal and planetary well-being.

6. A Time for Reflection As we earlier mentioned, Spring Cleaning is not just about physical spaces; it’s also an opportunity for introspection. Take the time to reflect on the past year (or the past quarter), assess your goals and make adjustments to align with your aspirations. Let us use this period of renewal to set new intentions and create a positive and inspiring environment that supports our personal growth.

7. Involving the Whole Family Spring Cleaning can be a family affair, promoting teamwork and a shared sense of accomplishment. Assign tasks to each family member based on their abilities and preferences. This not only lightens the workload but also fosters a sense of responsibility and cooperation among family members. Make it fun!

Don’t put it down, put it away. – Gretchen Rubin
Photo: Liza Pierce

Spring Cleaning is more than a chore, it’s a transformative experience encompassing physical, mental and emotional renewal. Let us embrace this annual tradition with enthusiasm, viewing it as an opportunity to refresh our living spaces, clear our mind and set the stage for a vibrant and fulfilling season ahead.

So, let us grab our cleaning supplies, open the windows and let the spirit of spring breathe new life into our home and our soul. Let’s do it!

Liza Pierce of A Maui Blog is an Interactive Media enthusiast. She started blogging in 2006 and she loves talking story online and spreading aloha around the world. She’s been living on Maui since 1994 and considers Maui her home. A wife, a mother, a friend … and so much more. She loves Jesus; Maui Sunsets Catcher; Crazy About Rainbow; End Alzheimer’s Advocate. Her life is full and exciting here on the island of Maui. Liza is currently the Digital Media Specialist with Hawai‘i Life Real Estate Brokers. She is the author of the book Maui 2021 and Beyond.