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Diwali, the Festival of Lights: Why We Celebrate and What It Means

The Hindu festival of Diwali, also called Deepavali or the Festival of Lights, marks the end of one year and the beginning of another in the calendar year of India. It takes place over five days and it’s celebrated by Hindus and other South Asians all over the world. The literal translation of Diwali comes from Sanskrit and literally means row or series of lamps which refers to the fact that lamps are lit to welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, into people’s homes during this time. Cardinal Cleaning wishes you and yours a Happy Diwali as we strive to celebrate the diversity in our beautiful state of Georgia!

What is Diwali?

Diwali is probably one of the most significant Hindu festivals. It celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is also a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past year. Diwali is celebrated by decorating homes and businesses with lights and colors, and by exchanging gifts with family and friends. Of course, there is good food and sweets and lovely traditional dance and music performances as well. The festival also signifies the start of the Hindu New Year, and many take this opportunity to clean their homes and businesses as a way to start the new year fresh.

How to Celebrate

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Diwali is by lighting oil lamps or candles all around the house. People also clean and decorate their homes so that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, can visit. Hindus and other South Asians offer prayers and give thanks for all they have been blessed with, as Diwali also marks the start of a new year in terms of the Hindu calendar.

The festivities do not stop there. Dances, music, and live performances are enjoyed. Fireworks light up the sky and handheld sparklers set the mood. Furthermore, sweets and gifts are exchanged while delicious food is eaten. There are large gatherings to celebrate the auspicious occasion and enjoy the festivities with family, friends, and neighbors!

Diwali Decorations

The significance of cleanliness and newness in Diwali celebrations is twofold. First, Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity, only visits clean homes. So, in order to welcome her into their homes, Hindus clean and decorate their homes beforehand. Secondly, Hindus believe that cleanliness and newness represent a fresh start or a new beginning. They decorate with string lights, tea lights, candles, and lamps. There are beautiful flowers and garlands as well. It is so colorful, especially when the rangoli or mandala patterns are painted or made with colored powder. By cleaning and decorating their homes for Diwali, Hindus are hopeful that the goddess will bless them with a prosperous new year.

They celebrate by cleaning and decorating and also wearing new, beautiful clothes. This cleanliness and newness is the perfect way to celebrate and ring in the Hindu new year.

Simple Ways to Declutter and Clean

Whether or not you celebrate Diwali, it is a great time to declutter and clean! Here are a few quick tips to help you get started:

Start with the kitchen and refrigerator:
– Wipe down shelves, counters, and tabletops. Keep appliances clean to maintain them and get to use them for longer.
– Throw away any food that has passed its expiration date. If you’re unsure about how long food has been sitting in your fridge, throw it out just to be safe.

In the living room:
– Vacuum the rugs and carpet. Mop and sweep the flooring.
– Clean the couch and use a handheld vacuum to get in the crevices and beneath the pillows.

In the bathroom:
– Organize cabinets, toiletries, and more.
– Wash out any bathroom rugs.

If you need help and want to take some of these chores off of your plate, you know who to call! Cardinal Cleaning has got your back and will get all these areas and more through our deep cleaning services.

Contact Us!

Get your home ready for the auspicious occasion of Diwali and the holidays! Cardinal Cleaning will take care of what we do best – the cleaning! You can reach us at 404-920-8551 or email us at hello@cardinalcleaning.com for a free quote.

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service, and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners will use proper procedures and techniques to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy cleanliness in your home. If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, we are your go-to local cleaning service serving Conyers, Georgia, as well as nearby areas including Covington, Loganville, Oxford, and Mcdonough. We would love to do the cleaning for you and yours this holiday season! Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!

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5 Fun Ways to Make Cleaning More Enjoyable

No one enjoys cleaning their home, but everyone needs to do it. If you want to make cleaning more enjoyable and less of a dreaded chore, try implementing one or more of these five tips into your daily cleaning routine. Not only will you get the job done faster, but you’ll have a better time doing it too!

1) Listen to music

Listening to music while cleaning can help make the task more enjoyable. It can provide a much-needed distraction from the monotony of cleaning, and it can also help you stay motivated to keep going. Plus, it’s just plain fun! If you don’t know what type of music to listen to, I recommend pop songs or rock songs with lyrics that are mostly positive or upbeat. You could also create your own playlist by searching for uplifting songs or cleaning songs on YouTube or Spotify and adding them to your library.

2) Set a timer

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning your entire home, start with just one section and use a timer. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get done. Or, you can set one for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and so on. The hard part is getting started, as it can be overwhelming to fit cleaning into your schedule. The timer will help you commit to cleaning and stay on task for a few minutes. You will be way more productive in much less time! Chances are, once you get started, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time. And the satisfaction of seeing a clean space will motivate you to keep going.

3) Turn it into a game

One way to make cleaning more fun is to turn it into a game. See how fast you can clean up the living room or see if you can get through the entire house without taking a break. You can also set a timer again and see how long it takes you to clean the kitchen (or one specific section). Try to beat your previous time to make it more like a game! Or, you can create teams between family members or roommates to see who wins the cleaning game by finishing their section of the home fastest and cleanest.

4) Set up a reward system

A great way to make cleaning more fun is to set up a reward system for yourself. For every task, you complete, give yourself a point. Tasks can be as big or small as you want. Once you reach a certain number of points, you can treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a new book or a piece of jewelry. This will help motivate you to keep your space clean and tidy. You may also want to involve other family members in the process. Every night their space remains clean, and they get an extra dollar added to their jar. When they reach the goal, they get rewarded with their favorite activity or item (or everyone gets rewarded). You can put your own twist on the reward system for what works best for you! This is a great trick for kids and adults alike.

5) Be creative!

Creativity is what makes cleaning a little more fun. Here are some of our best ideas, but keep thinking and see what else you can come up with. Once you are able to find what works for you, cleaning will feel a little less like the most monotonous chore.

To summarize,

  1. Set a time to clean and stick to it! Setting aside time in your day or week that you know you’ll be home ensures that it gets done.
  2. Break cleaning into manageable tasks! If the thought of doing all three floors seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller tasks by floor.
  3. Find someone else who enjoys doing chores too! It’s always nice when there’s someone who shares your enthusiasm for organization and tidiness around the house.

Contact Us!

Of course, the most fun way to clean is to have us do it for you! You can reach us at 404-920-8551 or email us at hello@cardinalcleaning.com for a free quote.

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners will use proper procedures and techniques to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy cleanliness in your home. If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, we are your go-to local cleaning service serving Conyers, Georgia, as well as nearby areas including Covington, Loganville, Oxford, and Mcdonough. We would love to do the cleaning for you, so you have more time to do what you love. Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!