It takes the average American four days and 19 minutes to fully clean and organize their home.
Spring is here, and with it comes the annual ritual of cleaning and organizing in which more than half of Americans (55%) participate, according to a March survey of 2,000 Americans.
The act of cleaning and organizing goes beyond simply freshening up a home. Eight in 10 Americans believe that spring organizing makes them feel more in control of their lives.
People also believe that it helps their mental well-being. The top reasons cited were improving mood (54%), reducing stress (49%), increasing concentration (48%), organizing thoughts (47%), and improving physical health (45%).
When asked what type of organization method people prefer when organizing in the spring, 47% said they prefer to organize the things they have and keep them in a clutter-free space, while 38% prefer to throw things away and have a minimalist space
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of At Home, found that 85% felt more motivated after properly organizing and storing their belongings.
Other feelings that emerged were a sense of accomplishment (55%), motivation (46%), energy (42%), and relief (36%).
In addition to the mental wellness benefits and feeling more in control of their lives, eight in 10 view cleaning as an exercise routine that can be made more enjoyable with the addition of their favorite song.
The top three songs people listened to during the organization were Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” (21%), Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (17%) and Katy Perry’s “Roar” (16%).
Not everyone willingly and joyfully cleans and organizes their living space. Sixty-three percent of those surveyed admitted to cleaning or organizing their homes to avoid judgment from guests and family members.
Home organization choices appear to be inspired by external factors such as home and lifestyle magazines (38%), home improvement stores (34%), social media platforms (33%), organization on television (32%) and advice. from friends and family (31%).
“We are passionate about making your house feel like home and finding the right products to bring that sense of accomplishment and energy to your life and spaces,” Chad Stauffer, At Home president and chief product and marketing officer, said in a release. statement.
When it comes to which room is more organized, the living room was the top pick (26%) and the dirtiest room was the kids’ room (17%).
In order to keep their belongings neat and tidy, people may need to purchase additional storage items.
However, not everyone has the same approach when it comes to selecting organizational solutions.
Four in 10 respondents said they are always on a tight budget, so they look for the most affordable options.
On the other hand, 37% prioritize functionality and style over budget when selecting organization solutions for their home.
TOP 5 REASONS WHY ORGANIZING SPRING HELPS MENTAL WELL-BEING
- Improves my mood: 54%
- Reduces stress — 49%
- Increase my focus: 48%
- Helps me organize my thoughts: 47%
- Helps my physical health — 45%
TOP 5 FEELINGS THAT ARISE AFTER SPRING CLEANING AND ORGANIZING
- Compliant — 55%
- Motivated — 46%
- Energized — 42%
- Relieved — 36%
- Overwhelmed — 22%
THE 7 BEST ORGANIZATION SOLUTIONS FOR THE HOME
- Closet organizers: 17%
- Baskets or containers — 16%
- Shelves: 14%
- No preference — 13%
- Labels or labeling systems — 12%
- Drawer Dividers — 10%
- File folders or filing systems: 7%