One of the downsides to spring is the expectation of a massive house cleaning. And even though a good cleaning can lead to a good workout — and of course a clean house — we know there are probably other activities you’d rather pursue.
And just because you scrub your home every week doesn’t mean you should forgo this yearly ritual.
“Spring cleaning offers many households that opportunity to finally clean something that’s been neglected for way too long,” said Nancy Bock, SVP education of the American Cleaning Institute.
According to ACI’s “2013 Spring Cleaning Survey,” the top spots people plan on targeting this spring are windows, blinds and curtains, clothing, closets and drawer, ceiling fans and carpets.
The survey, which was conducted by Echo Research, also asked the 1,777 respondents whether they or someone in their home spring cleans. According to the online survey, 72% partake every year, 8% say they spring clean every few years or less often, and 12% say they never spring clean.
Among those who do spring clean at one time or another (1,586 respondents), 76% concentrate on the bedroom, followed by the kitchen (73%), bathroom (69%) family room or den (61%), and the dining room (45%).
And thanks to the poor economy, 69% of respondents who spring clean have changed some of their habits. Most notably, they are buying less expensive cleaning products and cleaning more themselves rather than hiring a cleaning service.
Spring cleaning may be the last thing on your wish list — and maybe your pockets are not as deep as you’d like — but that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish a successful spring cleaning this year. ACI and Donna Duberg, germ expert at Saint Louis University, have a number of tips to help:
For more tips, we scoured (get it?) the Web and found some of the best spring-cleaning advice:
Check out: Living Well Spending Less
The blog has a six-step program for the person who has too much junk lying around:
Check out: BrightNest
Since spring cleaning can sometimes be a pricey endeavor (think cleaners, supplies, etc.), BrightNest offers five cost-conscious tips to keep your cleaning routine under budget:
Check out: The Happier Homemaker
Some of us lucky ones have a lot of rooms and space to go through during a good cleaning. Before you let your head spin, here’s a helpful, printable checklist — by room — to keep your spring cleaning organized.
Check out: Blissfully Domestic
If you hate using harsh chemicals to clean your home, this blog has 10 natural cleaners that you’ll probably already find lying around your home. Some tips include:
Check out: Pet Sugar
Because your pets come with their own kinds of dirt and mess, Pet Sugar has got your guide for: