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Spring cleaning priorities

March 15, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Spring cleaning is still a tradition for many Americans with 62 percent of those participating in a survey saying spring cleaning is an annual ritual in their home, according to a press release.

New research from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) says that 73 percent of those who spring clean strongly or somewhat agree that it''s a tradition worth keeping, but 13 percent of that same group strongly or somewhat agree that if it wasn''t for spring cleaning, they would probably never clean their home, the release stated.

According to the release, ACI offers some strategies to take care of your spring cleaning tasks efficiently, including:

• Clear It Out: Start by getting rid of the things that are needlessly filling up your home. Recycle it, store it, sell it or donate it.

• Inventory Your Supplies: Before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand.

• Make a Plan: Decide whether you''ll go room by room or task by task (cleaning then vacuuming, for example) and then prioritize your tasks.

• Recruit Help: It''s not necessary to do everything yourself. Enlist family members, pair up with a friend or call in a professional.

Click here to read the complete release.

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