GLENBURNIE, Md., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With spring comes a few annual rites — fresh blooms, seasonal allergies, and of course cleaning. Sprucing and reducing at this time of year may sound predictable, but a few new trends and considerations can make sure you're maximizing your time and your home's full potential.
This comes as welcome news for the many people whose cleaning fails to bring results they want. According to a recent survey published by the American Cleaning Institute, 77% of households take part in spring cleaning each year, yet only 36% of respondents in that survey claim to feel "extremely accomplished" after refreshing their space.
One new improvement to the yearly purge is the rise of cleaning-centric technology. Mobile apps, like Spring Cleaning Checklist or OurHome, help users segment projects or track their kids' contribute to their tidying. Other apps, like Decluttr or Snups, make it easy for users to sell or "upcycle" unneeded items.
Downscaling is becoming especially popular in the bedroom — "the first room you see when you wake up and the last room you see before you go to bed," notes John Linden, designer and founder of MirrorCoop. "Minimalism has really taken a hold on the design landscape," he explains in a recent Realtor.com interview.
Spring projects of course extend to the home's exterior as well. Home improvement projects are rising, due in part to an improved real estate market and home equity loans that cover renovation.
"Homeowners who want to maximize property value in 2019 may consider replacement windows," said Harley Magden, co-owner of Window Nation, one of the country's leading window replacement companies. Vinyl and wood replacements offer a return on investment of 73 and 71%, respectively — making it one of the most cost-effective improvements, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2019 Cost Vs. Value Report.
"Energy-efficient windows are beyond a trend — in 2019, they're an expectation," added Magden. Consumers who want to go for the coolest new styles should consider pass-through windows. These windows replace sliding doors or awnings, connecting a kitchen to a deck or patio for easy indoor-outdoor hosting. This year is also the time when black is back — window frames in black or other dark colors continue to gain popularity.
For homeowners who can't afford window replacements this year, spring may be the time to add storm windows to existing panes or place low-emissivity film on sun-facing windows, reducing the amount of heat that enters the home.
With so many new tools and trends, the ritual of spring cleaning can be more than a tiresome chore — it can be a fresh start.
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