Springtime is a great time to open the windows, go through those closets and even spruce up the front yard. While your spring cleaning to-do list may be time consuming, it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re doing a major housework this year, we want to give you a few tips and tricks to not only save money, but make a little money on your way to an organized home.
| Organizing & Decluttering
Purge the Closet and Make Money While You’re at It
If you’re getting ready to go through all your closets take some time to set aside clothes that are gently used or maybe not even worn. Instead of just throwing away these or donating there are multiple ways to make a little extra cash. Take some time to list these on an online resale app or website like Poshmark or Ebay, if you don’t want to take the time to list individual items find a resale shop in your town. These are a quick place where they can look at everything, if you decide on to take a few things then donate the rest and you’re on your way to an organized closet.
If you have more than just clothes to go through think about hosting a yard sale to get rid bigger items. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?
Donate to Charity
After your selling your items online or at a yard sale, you may have some leftover items that didn’t sell. Instead of holding on to these until your next yard sale, plan to donate. You won’t make money directly from these items, but make a list of what you take and ask for a receipt. This way you can claim the deduction on your taxes.
| Deep Cleaning
Rent Equipment Don’t Buy
Need to clean your carpet or refinish your floors don’t plan on buying all new equipment to get the job done. Many places like Home Depot or Lowe’s offer the option to rent floor equipment, so you’re still able to save money by doing it yourself and don’t have to shell out extra cash to buy anything you’ll use a couple of times.
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies can add up quick and if you don’t already have everything you need you’re looking at spending quite a bit of money. Making your own cleaners not only is more affordable but also more environmentally friendly. Stock up on things like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to help make your house squeaky clean. There are plenty of recipes online to make everything you’ll need.
| Clean out Your Wallet
Does your wallet it full of receipts and coupons? Make sure you send your time organizing your wallet as well.
Make a Separate Coupon Keeper
Do you keep your coupons haphazardly at the bottom of your purse or crumpled in your wallet – but somehow always forget to use them? Make a separate folder or pouch for your coupons. Slide your shopping list in the pouch and have your coupons organized by store or even by aisle.
Dedicate Time for Upkeep
Plan to commit to your hard work this spring! Schedule a time once a day, week, and month to upkeep your hard work. By taking a few minutes out of your day to keep your cleaning up to date, next year’s spring cleaning won’t be so bad!