Spring is a time to start fresh, whether it’s financially, professionally, or personally. Before you can get your financial house in order or reach other personal goals, it’s important to get your home in order. Getting organized is often the first step in reaching any goal. Enter the annual spring cleaning tradition.
Follow these tips to get your home in tip-top shape and save (or even make) money while doing it:
The average national cost of hiring a maid service is $183. Rather than hire a professional to clean your home, check out this Talking Cents post for tips on how to easily and inexpensively clean your windows, wood floors, countertops, carpets, and get rid of unwanted odors.
Cleaning supplies can be costly, especially when you need different solutions for different surfaces (fabrics, windows, wood, tile, metal, etc.). Save some money and make your own cleaning supplies. Check out this post for recipes for a surface cleaner, shower and toilet cleaner, and a bathtub scrub.
Declutter. When your home is free of clutter, your mind is free to focus on other things, like getting your finances back on track or getting out of credit card debt. Tackle every nook and cranny in your house and sort through your clothing, collectibles, furniture, electronics, books, and so on. Ask yourself these questions to tell you whether or not the item is worth keeping.
If an item is not worth keeping, considering donating or selling it to make some extra cash.
- For clothing, try consignment shops and stores that buy used clothing like Buffalo Exchange. Here are some tips for selling used clothing.
- For furniture and just about everything, consider selling on Craigslist. Just be safe and be on alert for scams.
- Take advantage of the spring weather and have a yard sale. Check out these tips for a lucrative yard sale.
- Try websites like Amazon and eBay to sell books, electronics, and collectibles.
- If you are looking to donate, try your local Goodwill or Salvation Army or organizations you belong to such as your church. You can even get tax deductions for donating to places like Goodwill.
While you’re sorting through your possessions and getting organized, take stock of your household inventory. It’s important to have an inventory of your possessions in the event of an emergency or disaster. Download ACCC’s Financial Workbook here for a free Household Inventory Worksheet.