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Judy Spooner: First warm days drive need to clean

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On the first nice day of spring, when I was a lass shortly after the Spanish-American War, my mother would announce that it was time for "spring cleaning."

The concept is obscure to the current generation, but it included children participating in washing windows, airing mattresses outside, cleaning cupboards, washing rugs and mandates that children clean closets and make neat piles of clothes that no longer fit to go to the Salvation Army.

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