Our Northwest

What to do on a gray Northwest day? Break out the Swiffer, apparently

Wednesday, April 26, 2017by  Derek Wing

NW poll donation.jpgSpring cleaning is such a quaint idea ... that almost nobody bothers with.

So says the latest PEMCO Poll, which asked Northwesterners about their spring cleaning rituals. Turns out, only 14% usher in the season of renewal with a go​​od scrub-down.

But don't assume the rest of us are drowning in dust bunnies. Most – 82% – said they keep their houses tidy all year long and delve into deep cleaning several times a year!

When we purge our closets, we're more likely to donate our discards than to sell them. But when we do want the cash? Forget the consignment shop or garage sales. Two-thirds of us opt for websites like Craigslist.

If that's you, our safety experts remind you:

  • Ignore anyone who wants you to ship the item. Keep it local, cash only.
  • Don't go to a stranger's home and don't allow strangers into yours. Meet at a coffee shop or mall.
  • If it's furniture (and you must meet at home), at least move it to the garage or porch. And have a buddy there with you.
  • Post oodles of photos and don't downplay wear or damage. A misled buyer can turn into an angry (scary) buyer.
  • If something feels off, trust your instincts and don't follow t​hrough.

Read full results of our spring-cleaning poll of 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents by Seattle's FBK Research.

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