According to a recent survey, TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cashback site, found that 86 percent of Americans will be spring cleaning this year.
The survey polled a cross-section of 1,393 adults, aged 18 and over.
Do you enjoy spring cleaning?
- Yes (57 percent)
- No (43 percent)
Which area takes the most time to clean? (top three responses)
- Bedrooms (22 percent)
- Kitchen (22 percent)
- Common areas (17 percent)
How much will you spend on cleaning/organizing necessities this year? (top three responses)
- $26 to $50 (30 percent)
- $51 to 100 (26 percent)
- $6 to $25 (21 percent)
While bedrooms and kitchens seem to be tied for taking the most time to clean, nearly half of Americans (47 percent) feel accomplished once they’ve spring cleaned their home.
…Time to clean.
Who is responsible for making the most mess in the home?
- My children (35 percent)
- Myself (29 percent)
- My spouse/significant other (24 percent)
- My pet (12 percent)
With more than a quarter (27 percent) of Americans stating that spring cleaning takes them longer than a week to complete, it’s no surprise that 32 percent of Americans cite “finding the time to get it done” as their top spring cleaning challenge.
If you could give up one chore for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? (top three responses)
- Doing laundry (33 percent)
- Scrubbing the toilet (28 percent)
- Cleaning the oven (18 percent)
New season. New beginnings.
Spring is a perfect time to start fresh with not only spring cleaning your house, but also spring cleaning other aspects of your life.
Aside from your home, which other areas of your life could use some spring cleaning? (top three responses)
- Finances (38 percent)
- Social media platforms (28 percent)
- Career (13 percent)
Do you spring clean your finances? (ex: cancel old subscriptions, balance checkbooks, etc.)
- Yes (41 percent)
- No (59 percent)
And if you’re a part of the 41 percent of Americans who plan to spring clean their finances or want to take your first crack at it, below please find some easy-to-implement tips from Rebecca Gramuglia, Personal Finance Expert at TopCashback.com:
Five smart money moves to spring clean your finances
- Reexamine your budget. Even regular bills can change from month to month. Revise your current budget as bills come in and adjust it accordingly to ensure you don’t accidentally overdraw your bank account. Make sure your adjusted budget covers essentials, financial priorities and all of your wants. A basic budgeting tool is the 50/20/30 rule, spend only up to 50 percent of your after-tax income on essentials, such as housing and food; 20 percent on financial priorities such as debt repayments and savings; and 30 percent on your wants, such as vacations. Another way to view the 50/20/30 rule is as the Needs/Savings/Wants rule.
- Perform a subscription cleanse. Do a subscription cleanse or deactivate any duplicate accounts to cut costs and save money. Subscriptions include newspapers, product deliveries, and streaming and food services. It’s easy to sign up for these services during a free trial, but sometimes we forget to opt out before paying. Any money you “save” by cutting costs can go towards a savings fund.
- Review your bills. While it might sound like a waste of time, you’ll be surprised how much you can lower your bills by negotiating, especially if there is a competitor in town. These bills can include cable and/or internet. If you and the cable provider can’t come to an agreement on a lower price, consider cutting ties altogether. Reviewing your bills every three to six months will help you realize where your financial priorities lie.
- Cut back on bad money habits and introduce good ones. Bad financial habits can swirl out of control, especially if you’re coming off of a holiday spending whirlwind that never stopped. Make it a point to identify these bad money habits and promise to eradicate them this spring. Whether you bring lunch to work every day of the week or start small and limit your morning coffee habit to once a week, try challenging yourself on new ways to save money.
- Increase your retirement contributions. Whether you live paycheck to paycheck or have a steadier income, you should be saving for retirement little by little. Even if all you can save is a few dollars a week, it will add up before you know it. Retirement is an investment that will pay off in the long run. If your job offers a 401(k) contribution match, make sure you’re contributing at least enough to activate the match.