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
- Keroro Gunsou: 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.