While this process is underway, it is not the time to invite guests in to view the mess, to trip over brooms and mops or get covered with a stray cloud of dust. Once things are settled and renewed, doors open once again and guests are welcomed back. To visitors things may not look much different. But I know the house feels and smells and somehow is different. I can take a deep breath without breaking into a coughing fit.
As you may know, spring cleaning can take more time than you expect. Or you may find yourself so energized when you begin that you finish it up quickly. We will see. Feel free to check back now and again to see if the season of cleaning is past and the season of new growth has begun.
We often talk of seeds lying in wait all winter to burst into life when the warmth of spring returns. But many seeds don't get planted until spring and do not grow until summer. Nature does everything in time and on time. May I learn from this example.
Although I will be on the computer writing, I plan to spend little time online during this process. I will check email a couple of times a week and respond as needed.