3 Reasons Why Spring Cleaning Is Actually a Ridiculous Idea

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I’m just gonna say it: Spring cleaning is a ridiculous idea. I get the logic behind it (fresh, new beginnings and all) — I just don’t want to do it. And I don’t think you should, either.

Here are three reasons why I’m skipping out on spring cleaning — and why you should too.

1. Ideally, we should all be cleaning as we go.

Here at Kitchn, we talk a lot about cleaning as we go. It’s simple: If you spill some sauce and it drips down the cabinet doors, clean it up right then and there. Splatters on the stovetop? Wipe them up before they can dry and harden! Crumbs on the floor? Sweep them up when they fall — or at least, as soon as you notice them.

By keeping up with these little tasks, in a perfect world, not much would get so far away from you that you need to spend an entire day (weekend?) giving your kitchen a deep clean.

2. It’s finally starting to get nice out and no one wants to be stuck inside!

We’ve all been inside for months! While it isn’t exactly balmy outside, it’s much warmer than it has been! Last weekend, almost every restaurant near my New York City apartment had jam-packed outdoor tables. Sure, everyone was still wearing winter coats, but the point is, they were outside! Wouldn’t you rather be outside than inside?

3. Allergies are bad enough without stirring up dust!

If you’re an allergy sufferer like I am (sigh), the spring pollen is bad enough. If you start stirring up the dust in your kitchen (or other rooms in your house), you’re just inviting more trouble — and a lot more sneezing.

If you feel the need to do a seasonal deep clean (maybe your cleaning-as-you-go system isn’t quite working?), allow me to suggest fall cleaning? Mark your calendars now and use your newfound time this month to research some better allergy medicine.

Do you partake in spring cleaning? Why or why not?