Spring Cleaning Fever
To some people, especially Neat Freaks
, cleaning is Serious Business
. They'll bust out the brooms, vacuums, etc. and clean to an extreme point, to go as far as going to clean other people's houses.
This is often a pregnancy trope in sitcoms; a woman displays nesting syndrome and becomes maidzilla during some unknown stage of pregnancy. Often Played for Laughs
This trope is not limited to springtime.
Anime and Manga
- Sgt. Frog: Keroro treats the Hinata family's annual New Year's Eve cleaning, like nearly everything else, like a major military operation.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Chiri Kitsu, who goes to other people's houses to clean them and throw out questionable items, even if the owner of the house wanted to keep them.
- Toradora!: The male protagonist, Ryuuji, feels the need to clean other peoples' houses, and even the school bathroom.
- Howl's Moving Castle, "Chapter Five: Which Is Far Too Full Of Washing"
- Lake Wobegon Days: Diane, who treats it like a military operation. The War On Dirt. It begins: "One fine Saturday morning, Diane opened her eyes and smelled something bad from under the blanket. Ed had been doing that a lot lately."
- Friends: Monica would go on these binges, even washing stranger's cars parked on the street.
- Full House: To Danny Tanner, spring cleaning is like Christmas and he has the whole family help out.
- FoxTrot: Andy is prone to fits of this (particularly when her mother is visiting) and dragoons the rest of the family into helping her.
- One strip shows that her mother also helps clean their house to help out, but all it does is make Andy feel inadequate (not helped that the kids are more than willing to let their grandmother do so).
Andy: Kids, we need to get the house cleaned before your grandmother arrives?
Andy: Because otherwise she'll take it on herself to do so, and we don't wan't that.
Peter: Says you.
Andy: I said, we don't want that!
Peter: Look, just because you have "issues"...
Jason: I let my room get extra messy on purpose.