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Forget Spring Cleaning

Aisling D'Art

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Many people talk about spring cleaning as if it's a tried-and-true tradition. It's not. Spring is a fine time to air out your home and get the winter dirt swept out. However, autumn is a far more important time for cleaning.

Summer is generally a time for recreation. You and your family have probably tracked in sand and dirt from the beach and the park.

Dashing from one summer activity to the next, people often toss junk mail in the corner, and dirty clothes in a pile. They wash dishes only when they run out of clean ones. Steamy and sultry days won't help you feel like cleaning and organizing your home. You're more likely to grab a swimsuit and head to the beach or pool.

By the time September arrives, you're busy getting the kids back to school, and looking ahead to the holiday season.

Once the winds turned chilly, you're likely to put on your storm windows, add weatherstripping, and find other ways to keep the heat in your home. Unfortunately, those efforts keep the dirt and dust in your home, as well. In practical terms, the dirt and dust are what wear out your carpets and some of your furniture.

In Feng Shui, dirt and clutter can be a significant drag on your energy. . . just when you need it for holiday preparations and parties. Spring cleaning is still a good idea. However, if your annual schedule permits only one deep cleaning each year, forget spring cleaning.

Autumn is the most important time of year for cleaning your home. You'll put your best foot forward when guests visit during the holiday season. You'll also enjoy a more serene home - and better air quality - throughout the winter months.

As soon as summer is over, throw open the windows and enjoy autumn's refreshing breezes. Take out your broom and vacuum cleaner, and put them to work. Get your carpets and slipcovers cleaned. Wash your windows to welcome the most warmth from the sun.

A clean house is important for good Feng Shui. Spend a few days deep cleaning your home when the air turns chilly, and you'll be glad that you did, all winter long.

Aisling D'Art is a respected Feng Shui consultant. Read more free Feng Shui tips and articles - and Feng Shui courses - at her popular website, “Shui To Go!" at


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