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This Number One Holiday Stressor May Surprise You

A mop leaning against the side of a couch in a living room decorated for Christmas.
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Yes, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but it would be dishonest not to admit that there are some stressful aspects to it. But the top holiday stressor may surprise you. No, it’s not getting rid of your tree or cooking Christmas dinner. It’s cleaning.

Brand Eufy and OnePoll teamed up to conduct a survey on the most common holiday stressors. The pair spoke with over 2,000 Americans and it turns out, no one likes tidying the house. But the survey also looked a bit deeper into exactly why that is, and it’s not just because, well, cleaning is time-consuming and hard work. Once broken down, the study found that among those who deemed the activity the most stressful, 29 percent cited the opinions of others as the reason why. Another 27 percent worried about missing spots, and 23 percent said their own high cleanliness standards made them anxious.

But if you’re thinking to yourself, “Wait, I just hate cleaning because it sucks,” don’t worry. You’re not alone. A whopping 73 percent cited just cleaning itself as the thing they loathe, and if you’re someone who tidies the day before guests arrive, you’re not flying solo there either. Half of the respondents affirmed that they wait until the last minute.

If you want to find out whether the spaces you hate to clean or your propensity for collecting junk matches up with others, you can check out the full survey results over SWNS Digital.

[Via Apartment Therapy]


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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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