You don’t hear of housewives planning their spring clean in the same way we used to when I was young. It was always a big thing for most of the families i mixed with. Christmas and new year would rapidly go and we’d be back at school. Between that and Easter would be the half term holiday. This signalled the big push for getting the house & home ‘righted’, as my grandmother would say. To her, this was almost spiritual and involved not only the cleaning of the rugs from each room, but totally stripping the beds, taking the matresses out and giving them an equally violent battering. This was to remove as much dust, grim, nits and other grim stuff as could be removed. The paintwork and cornices were washed down whilst the rugs were outside. It took huge efforts and everyone pulled together. So much easier today – pick up the phone and call the local cleaning agency – it can all be arranged just like that!