NATIONAL CLEANING WEEK
Beginning the fourth Sunday in March, National Cleaning Week shows up just in time for fair weather! Besides a clean home, it’s a week that can produce improved moods, decreased stress levels, and increased creativity. It’s a week to put away winter essentials and tidy up our homes to usher in a fresh start with spring.
- The American Cleaning Institute says, on average, Americans spend approximately six hours per week cleaning their homes
- 28 percent clean their homes more than seven hours per week
- 26 percent clean between three and four hours per week
- 10 percent clean less than one hour per week
Our most dreaded of cleaning tasks:
- cleaning the bathroom (52 percent)
- kitchen cleaning (23 percent)
- dusting (21 percent)
- mopping (20 percent)
- doing the laundry (17 percent)
Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice just before the Persian New Year when everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned from drapes to furniture.
Another possibility has been suggested that the origins of spring cleaning date back to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of Passover.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Clean. The folks at Home Team have these recommendations to make cleaning week less intimidating: Tackle one room at a time, start from the top and work down, dusting ceiling fans door moldings and window tops. Don’t be afraid to move furniture. Donate to thrift store those things you gather when you clean out closets, basements and storage space. Use #NationalCleaningWeek and #CleaningWeek to follow and share your cleaning tips.
We were unable to identify the source of National Cleaning Week.
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