How do you get rid of your unwanted items?

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, many residents skip the annual ritual of “spring cleaning,” and opt for regular deep cleans throughout the year. The poll also finds that Northwest residents are more inclined to donate their unwanted used items, rather than selling them at a garage sale or even online.

What about you? How do you get rid of unwanted item in the spring?

When you think about regular cleaning chores, like doing dishes, vacuuming, or cleaning the bathrooms, how regularly do you do some sort of cleaning?

Total OR
32 33 Several times a day
30 30 About once a day
23 21 Several times a week
11 11 About once a week
4 5 Less often than once a week
Males Females
56 68 At least once a day
25 17 Several times a week
14 9 About once a week
5 6 Less often than once a week
With kids Without kids
72 53 At least once a day
20 22 Several times a week
7 11 About once a week
1 4 Less often than once a week

Beyond this type of regular cleaning, some people engage in what they call a deep clean or a spring cleaning, where the cleaning activities are more thorough than usual. How regularly do you do this more thorough type of deep cleaning?

Total OR
15 18 Every week
12 12 Several times a month
24 23 About once a month
31 29 Several times a year
14 13 About once a year
4 5 Less often than once a year
Males Females
23 14 Every week
14 9 Several times a month
22 25 About once a month
24 35 Several times a year
12 13 About once a year
5 4 Less often than once a year
0 0 Don’t know
With kids Without kids
31 7 Every week
19 6 Several times a month
24 23 About once a month
19 38 Several times a year
7 26 About once a year or less often

When you sell unwanted items, how do you usually go about selling them?

Total OR
63 62 Sell them online
18 21 Have a garage sale
16 14 Take them to a consignment store
3 3 Other

When you have unwanted electronics in good condition do you usually sell or donate them?

Total OR
48 49 Sell them
44 42 Donate them
8 9 Neither

Have you, or has anyone in your household, ever put on a garage sale or an estate sale at your own home?

Total OR
57 58 Yes, I have
11 12 Yes, someone else in the household has
32 30 No
1 0 Don’t know

How likely are you to put on another garage sale in the future?

Total OR
28 29 Extremely likely
28 29 Very likely
23 22 Somewhat likely
13 14 Not very likely
5 5 Not at all likely
3 3 Don’t know

How regularly do you attend garage or estate sales put on by other people?

Total OR
17 18 Often
41 43 Sometimes
32 32 Rarely
10 7 Never

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit

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