Who on earth came up with spring cleaning?
I googled it and there were many conflicting accounts but the common thread was that other cultures went by different calendars than we do. Spring cleaning was based around some holidays, new years ect. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for that deep cleaning for our home. The issue I have with this is, why spring? Spring is the busiest time of year for us.
Martha Stewart has a wonderful Spring Cleaning Check List that when I looked at it, had been shared 13.1 thousand times. Below are some of the items on that list.
- Wipe Walls and Ceilings
- Reseal Grout Lines
- Dust Books and Shelves
- Clean Window Treatments
- Dust Your Home Thoroughly
- Wax Wooden Furniture
With each spring cleaning task there is a description of how to do it just in case your Mamma didn’t make you do these chores when you were a kid. If I had a full-time staff I would seriously consider spring cleaning so I can see how Martha’s world view is a bit skewed.
Again I’m not saying there isn’t a time for a deep cleaning I’m just suggesting another season. I have a list of to do’s a mile long for each spring. I’m really lucky if I have time to sweep up the garden soil I’ve tracked in.
This is what my list looks like:
- Weed control: We get late winter storms that ensure the health of our weeds; I try to get started on the weeds as soon as they start coming up. In the peak I mow twice a week and it takes a couple weekends to get the edges weedeated.
- Trim trees: Those storms bring a lot of much needed water to our desert ground. That means the native trees are growing out of control. Those trees need trimmed up.
- Setting up brooders and pens: Spring time means baby animals. The goat pen needs set up for kidding season, brooders need cleaned out and set up for new chicks. Heat lamps need checked out for fire prevention and to make sure all the bulbs are in good condition.
- Clean out and disinfect chick feeders and waterers, making sure everything is done before chicks are shipped in, picked up or hatched.
- Hatching: We do several spring hatches each year, So far this spring we have done four hatches. Arranging egg pickups to ensure we have new genetics in our flock means some nice drive time.
- Candling eggs: Incubation day 6 is the day we find out how many of our eggs are fertile.
- Once chicks hatch there is a lot of transferring as they grow, the chicks go from a brooder in the house to a big brooder on the porch to the grow-out pen. With each move there is a cleaning routine and re-bedding to be done.
- Coop Cleaning: Usually the coop deep cleaning is a twice a year event and in between we keep up with the maintenance. Spring is the perfect time for this chore the sun is nice and warm but it’s not really hot yet. This means stripping out everything; box curtains and liners, all the bedding, feeders and waterers and roosts. Everything gets sanitized and is left to set out in the sun for the day. If needed we till up the ground and remove the top layer of soil. *This year we skipped this task because we are building a new coop and run and it would be pointless to strip the whole thing down to the bones and clean when we will be tearing everything down anyway.
- Working the garden soil: This means removing old growth, tilling the ground and adding fresh soil, mulch and compost back in.
- Planting: After the soil is worked it’s time to plan and plant the garden. Plotting is very important to ensure you use the ground well.
- Replanting in the Cactus Garden: While I mow the rest of the yard the cactus garden gets handpicked, there are too many small herbs and butterfly flowers that would be ruined by the weedeater or mower. I usually do two or three hand pulling sessions in there and plant new seeds each time.
- Rodent control: Again spring time is baby time, cute but not so cute when it’s rodents. Because we raise things organically and our chickens free range we go with traps. These traps need to be baited daily.
- Another task we have is to butcher animals: The lamb needs butchered before Feta kids (They share a pen and she can’t stand lambs). We do a spring butcher to cull any older hens or lingering roosters and his year we have added quail that need butchered before the heat sets in.
These are all the main tasks we have each spring, on top of that we have our normal daily chores. In Phoenix, Arizona fall and winter are great times to open up and air out the house. We generally do a deep cleaning before the holiday season kicks in. That way our home is nice and clean and aired out for guests. We are changing out decor anyway and can dust the places we haven’t been looked the rest of the year, all the while wearing a sweater and listening to Christmas music.
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