When do Americans plan to do their spring cleaning?

Jamie BallardData Journalist
March 18, 2021, 2:30 PM UTC

Tis the season for organizing your closet, scrubbing the windows, and cleaning the floors. For many households, this month is spring cleaning time.  

Data from YouGov finds that about three-quarters (77%) of Americans say they plan to do some spring cleaning this year. Three in ten Americans (31%) say they will be doing their spring cleaning in March, while 28% will wait until April. About one in six people (17%) say they don’t plan to do any spring cleaning.  

With many tidying up their physical spaces, 30% of Americans also plan to do a “digital” spring cleaning. Cybersecurity experts recommend updating logins and passwords, cleaning up files, and reviewing privacy settings on devices as part of a digital spring cleaning.  

What’s on the to-do list for spring cleaning?  

Topping the list of spring cleaning activities is organizing closets, which 51% of Americans say they will do. Slightly fewer have plans to wash windows (45%), clean the floors/carpets (43%), and clean the ceiling fans (42%). About two in five plan to clear out the refrigerator or clean windowsills (39%).  

See full results here.   

Related: Six in ten women say they do all or most of the chores in their home 

Methodology: YouGov polled 1,775 US adults, including 1,385 who will be spring cleaning. The survey was conducted on Wednesday, March 10 between 12:10 pm and 12:24 pm Eastern Standard Time. Data is weighted on age, gender, education level, race, and political affiliation to be nationally representative of adults in the United States. The margin of error is approximately 3.2% for the overall sample.