Spring Scrub-Down: Survey shows Canadians have a love/hate relationship with spring cleaning

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - If your annual ritual of cleaning out the
closet, garage or basement makes you shudder, you're not alone - in a national
survey(1) more than half (53 per cent) of Canadians said they consider this
rite of spring a necessary evil, while a third of us consider it a chance to
recharge before the summer. Kijiji offers the following tips to help energize
your spring cleaning ritual

    1.  The third 'R': Why not recycle some of your old pieces for other
        purposes? 51 per cent of Canadians say they recycle items after
        spring cleaning. For example, old nylons make great shoe-shines,
        vintage fabric can recover an old headboard or chair seat, and if
        you're really ambitious (or sentimental) portions of your favorite
        clothes can be made into a quilt...or a cushion for the dog's bed.

    2.  Better to give than receive: 72 per cent of Canadians said they
        regularly donate unwanted items to charity after spring cleaning.
        Items that are too dear for a price tag but still in good condition
        should be cleaned, labeled and placed in a large bag or cardboard box
        for a local charity. Many charities will arrange to pick up saleable
        goods directly from your home.

    3.  Toss out the trendy: If it's been loved to death, let it die. Don't
        bother hanging on to your favourite floods in the hopes they'll come
        back in style, most trends that do return come back with a new twist.
        Just remember to keep the polyester away from open flame.

    4.  Waste not, want not: Store items that you'd like to keep, such as
        seasonal clothes that are in good shape, in clear, plastic, stackable
        storage bins. These waterproof organizers allow you to easily see and
        access what's inside. Most bins are inexpensive, durable and come in
        an assortment of shapes and sizes.

    5.  Buy, sell and buy again: There's no need to give it all away...as
        they say, someone's trash is another's treasure. 24 per cent of
        survey respondents thought it was a good idea to hold a garage sale
        after their annual spring cleaning ritual. And if the weather's bad,
        why not hold a virtual garage sale? One of the most popular ways to
        do this is through free community websites, like Kijiji.ca - an easy
        way to unload unwanted items from the convenience of your home.

    6.  Accentuate the positive: Even dreaded tasks have their upside -
        almost one-third of survey respondents said they consider spring
        cleaning a good chance to recharge for the summer - so get out those
        cleaning supplies, boxes and label-makers, and prepare for warmer

    (1) The survey was conducted for Kijiji Canada by Leger Marketing, from
        December 13 - 18, 2006, with a representative sample of 1,000
        Canadians over the age of 30. The survey is considered accurate
        within +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

    About Kijiji

    Kijiji, which means "village" in Swahili, is a group of classified web
sites that offer a free, easy, and fun way for people in the same city to
meet, trade and share ideas in areas such as goods, services, cars, housing,
jobs and personals. Kijiji Canada launched nationally in 2005 and is now the
largest classifieds site in Canada with over 2.5 million Canadian visitors
every month. There are currently 38 Kijiji sites across Canada, and more than
300 Kijiji sites in 20 countries around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Minielly, Environics Communications,
(416) 969-2748, or mminielly@environicspr.com

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