Springtime is when cultural norms suggest that we clean our homes. Spring Cleaning is a yearly ritual for some – not all. A recent survey by Molly Maid, residential cleaning franchise, revealed that less than half the 2,000 respondents participate in an annual spring cleaning. In fact, 93 percent of respondents would prefer to do anything else besides clean the house. 44 percent of respondents would rather speak in front of a large group – generally, the No. 1 fear of the majority of people. 30 percent would opt for a six-hour car ride with their in-laws.
Not giving your home a scrub down won’t kill you, in most cases. There is some virtue to cleaning out the cobwebs at least once a year.
1. THESE ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS… PROBABLY NOT
According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, dust has a range of ingredients from innocent items like fabric fibers and salt crystals to more nastier stuff including ash, fingernail filings, human skin scales, fungal spores and insect fragments. Researchers estimate that the average home accumulates 40 pounds of dust in a year.
2. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CLEANING
Think about repairing things that have broken down in the last year. Window screens, wobbly chairs, squeaky door hinges. Find a flashy tool belt and pretend you’re Bob Villa. Here are some simple fixes.
3. IT’S ABOUT DE-STANKING UNTHOUGHT-OF ITEMS
Nuke your cleaning sponges in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill 99% of germs. Your computer keyboard could use a swipe of disinfectant and a q-tip between the keys.
4. FREE SPACE
Once you clean out your closet and donate your unused clothes | Once you declutter the garage and have a yard sale | Once you toss expired food from the pantry and fridge – You’ll find that you have gained space. Enjoy it and use it wisely.
5. GET A FRESH OUTLOOK
Spring cleaning provides a great opportunity to rearrange your furniture. While you’re vacuuming behind the couch – truck it over to a nearby corner. Try out a new configuration for your space while taking the time to clean usually hidden carpet and baseboards. HGTV has some inspiration for you here