RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011-If it's spring, Generation Y may very well be at home-cleaning. According to new research from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), 82% of Generation Y men and women (our nation's 18-29 year olds) will engage in spring cleaning this year-that's approximately 15% more than the national average of about two-thirds (based on past ACI surveys).
Twenty-seven percent of Generation Y respondents use spring cleaning as a time to clean their home from head-to-toe. Their spring cleaning priorities include bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, closets and floors.
While the priorities rank in the same order for men and women, a greater number of women prioritize the importance of each job. Seventy-seven percent of women (versus 66% of men) say that even just the change in the weather makes them want to clean up.
The independent research showed that the majority (55%) of Gen Y has been living in their current location for less than two years. And, whether they live with a spouse or significant other, parents, other family, children or part-time at home and part-time at school, what is consistent is the importance of having a clean living space. Ninety-six percent of respondents reported that having a clean home is important to them.
"No matter where they seem to live, Generation Y wants their spaces clean," said ACI Vice President of Education Nancy Bock. "Spring cleaners do have a variety of easy-to-use and effective cleaning products on the shelves that can help them get their tasks done much quicker."
When it comes to doing the "dirty work," 30% of Generation Y men agree that if it wasn't for spring cleaning, they probably would never clean. In fact, when it comes to most day-to-day cleaning chores, men are taken to task by Gen Y women.
The survey showed 96% of women are likely to clean and disinfect countertops daily, compared to 86% of men.
"It's reassuring that a strong majority of this age group regularly cleans and disinfects, which helps kill germs and lower the risk of infection," said ACI's Nancy Bock. Ninety-six percent of women are likely to clean the floors or carpet versus 88% of men, according to the survey.
The same gender pattern follows for reorganizing, cleaning under furnishings, swapping out seasonal clothes, washing windows, de-cluttering and donating old clothes to a local charity. Only when it comes to cleaning cell phones and computers is there gender-cleaning equality, with both men (73%) and women (74%) citing the likelihood of cleaning.
Gen Y women are not only more likely to clean routinely, they are more motivated to clean.
Both Gen Y men (64%) and women (79%) ranked "when their home space starts looking dirty or messy" as the top reason to clean. More women also ranked significantly higher in the following categories: when they are expecting visitors, fed up with dirt and mess, have some free time and feeling disorganized.
Overall, 74% of Generation Y respondents agreed that spring cleaning is a ritual worthy of carrying on, and seeing news about spring cleaning keeps it top of mind. Eighteen to 29-year-olds first look to family and friends for information about cleaning before turning to retailers, websites, magazines, TV shows, newspapers, blogs and social networking sites.
"What we learned is that when members of Generation Y choose to settle down, our newest generation of homeowners and families will continue to have a focus on cleanliness and better living," said Bock.
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