Spring cleaning is still a tradition for half of us
Published 15 May 2013 by Joel Stanier
Research for thinkmoney suggests that almost half of us still give our homes a spring clean each year. Could the same thinking help you improve your finances too?
Times may be changing, but it seems that some traditions never grow old. According to new research for thinkmoney, around half of us - some 24.6 million UK adults - still roll up their sleeves, don their rubber gloves and give their home a big clean in the spring.
Of those who carry out a big spring clean, 78% said they would clean their windows - the most popular household chore. This was followed by 'de-cluttering' (68%) - finding unused or unwanted items to sell or give away.
Just under 68% said they'd be moving furniture to clean underneath, and 65% would empty their kitchen cupboards to clean inside.
Most popular spring clean chores
|Moving furniture to clean underneath/behind||68%|
|Emptying kitchen cabinets to clean them||65%|
|Washing skirting boards/paintwork||64%|
|Emptying cupboards to clean them||64%|
|Cleaning on top of kitchen cabinets||55%|
|Taking down curtains to clean them||43%|
|Changing from winter to summer bedding||42%|
|Cleaning behind appliances||40%|
Why not spring clean your finances?
Giving your home a spring clean is one thing - but giving other areas of your life a similar 'once-over' can also bring great benefits. That includes your finances.
Taking the time once a year (or as often as you like) to identify any problems with your finances could help you free up more cash to put into savings, or to spend on something you really enjoy.
Ian Williams of thinkmoney said: "It may seem old-fashioned in this day and age, but it seems that many of us still welcome the longer days and warmer temperatures by giving our homes a much-needed spring clean.
"We'd urge everyone to take the opportunity to give their finances a 'spring clean' at this time of year, too. In particular, it's always good to try and find areas in which you can cut back, or to see what benefits you might be entitled to.
"A good budget should be at the centre of your plans - and that's what we're all about. The thinkmoney Managed Current Account helps people to budget by setting aside money for bills every time you get paid, so you'll always know how much you can afford to spend."