It’s that time of the year again. The warmer weather is here and it’s time for a good cleaning. There’s no better time of the year to give your house a floor to ceiling cleaning than when the snow has melted and the warm weather has finally arrived. So, open the windows, grab your cleaning supplies and get ready to save some money.
Yes, you heard us right.
Spring cleaning can actually save you money and help you pay off debt. Getting your home organized feels great, but it feels even better when it’s also helping out the bank account. So, if you’re getting excited about washing the baseboards and organizing everything before the summer heat arrives, but you’re also stressed about money, here’s how to use spring cleaning to your financial advantage.
Sell things you don’t need anymore.
It’s time to de-clutter. We spend all winter piling things up in the garage and stuffing unwanted items into the coat closet, and it’s time to purge all of the junk that has accumulated. Over a year, we buy new things and stop using old ones. You may have been doing this for years without ever going through and purging your home of unwanted items you no longer use.
Go through every room, every closet, and every drawer of your home. Sell the things you don’t need or use anymore. This is a great way to not only clean up your home, but to also make some extra cash. If you’re really serious about saving money, go through everything, downsize, and move into a smaller place. You’ll not only make money by selling the things you don’t need anymore, but you’ll also save on rent or a mortgage every month.
Re-use rather than buying new.
It seems so simple, but when you’ve been hiding things all year throughout your house, you’re not even aware that you have things to re-use. Have you ever stuck an extra something in a closet only to forget it’s there, so you go out and buy a new one? That’s exactly what we’re talking about.
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to go through everything you own and find all of those things you can re-use. Not only are you saving money that you’d otherwise have to spend, but reusing is good for the environment. You can re-use and re-purpose everything from clothes to furniture to vegetable scraps. Take old towels, cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths. Cut off your ripped up jeans into shorts to wear around the house. Re-use glass jars, that you buy things in at the store, like salsa, to store kids crayons or cotton balls.
Get creative and see if there’s a way you can re-use something rather than throwing it out or buying something new. Reusing is good for your wallet and the environment.
Check your appliances and save on energy.
Saving on your electricity bill every month is a great way to put money back in your pocket or get out of debt. Do an appliance check. Find anything with a cord and see if it’s plugged into an outlet. If so, does it need to be? If you use your printer once a month, maybe it doesn’t need to stay plugged in and turned on 24/7. Cut it off and save on energy until you actually need to use it.
If it is something that needs to stay plugged in, is there any way you can save on electricity by changing the settings? For instance, there’s several easy changes you can make to your laundry routine that can help save on using your washer and dryer. While this is something you should do year-round, spring cleaning is the perfect time to do a little research while cleaning each appliance on how you can save money throughout the year while using them.
Change your lightbulbs and save year-round.
Speaking of taking note of your electricity bill to save year-round, you should check your lightbulbs, too. While you’re cleaning your light fixtures and replacing month-old burnt-out bulbs, swap your lightbulbs for a money-saving, eco-friendly option. And while you’re at it, go ahead and replace all of the lightbulbs that you use most often.
If there’s a lamp or light fixture you use daily, swap out the bulb for a more energy-efficient option. One important part of spring cleaning is preparing your house for the rest of the year.
Clean up your budget.
Yes, even your budget can use a little spring-cleaning. And if you’re not already using a budget, you should be. After the holidays and the start of the new year, it can be easy to get off track with your budget and start overspending. So, set aside some time to reorganize your budget, add new expenses, and get rid of old ones. While you’re working on your finances, go ahead and set some new financial goals for the next six months. It’s the perfect time to do that when you’re cleaning up your budget and getting back on track.
Take inventory of what you already have.
So often we go out and spend money buying things we already. While you’re cleaning and getting organized, take inventory of everything you own. Do you really need to buy another box of pasta this week or do you already have several in your pantry? Organize your fridge and pantry and make it easy to find and take stock of what you have in there. This makes it much easier to cook at home and meal prep, which are both great ways to save money.
So, what are you waiting for? Start cleaning and saving and paying off debt. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get your home organized and cleaned while saving money and even paying off debt. If you’re not sure where to get started, do a quick internet search for a great spring cleaning list; there are a ton out there that cover every room in your house and are great reminders of those areas we tend to neglect while cleaning the rest of the year.