Many cultures have used spring cleaning as a way to prepare their houses for their new year. My new favorite is the Chinese tradition of sweeping their floors and cleaning their homes to cleanse it of the bad luck and misfortunes that may have accumulated during the past year. Once the house is clean, there is a prohibition against sweeping for a few days after the New Year to prevent removing any good luck or fortune that came in with the turning of the year. Prohibiting cleaning? Count me in.