Spring is the perfect time to not only give your house a deep clean but also the ideal opportunity to do some decluttering and organizing too. And yes, you can even make some money doing it.
While cleaning isn’t one of my favorite things to do, and yes, I’ve even done it for a living, there’s something gratifying about knowing that your surroundings are clean and organized.
Here are some tips I’ve used to make cleaning as painless as possible-
Do a Little Each Day
I used to clean every room, nook and cranny in my house on one day but I began to realize just how crazy that was. By the time I reached room number three I was tired and cranky and after that nothing got cleaned that well. Now I pick one cleaning chore on each day of the week. For example, laundry on Tuesday, vacuuming on Thursday, cleaning bathrooms on Friday. Spread it out and it won’t seem like such a chore.
Keep Your Cleaning Supplies in One Place
This is a trick I learned when I cleaned for a living and that was keep all your cleaning supplies in one place so you don’t have to keep running backwards and forwards for various cleaning products. I put all my supplies in a carry tote so I can have it by my side wherever I’m cleaning.
For the majority of people, cleaning probably doesn’t top the list of favorite things to do but if you pair it with something you do like it takes some of the sting out of it. I play some music whenever I clean and once I’ve finished I reward myself with a cup of my favorite tea. You might have different likes so give them a try as a way to pat yourself on the back for getting something done.
Divide and Conquer
One thing that cleaning is good for is teaching you a valuable lesson that the more junk you have sitting around your house the harder it is to clean. Next time you clean think about items that maybe you no longer need, things you have to move in order to vacuum, things that need dusting every week? And yes, you can even make yourself some money by holding a garage sale to get rid of the unwanteds or even selling them online.
Cleaning is also a chance to see how you can become more organized. Maybe you could buy boxes to put books or toys in rather than have them sitting out, gathering dust for you to clean. One place I always look for cheap organizing boxes and containers is the local dollar store.
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
I began making my own cleaning supplies when I discovered the reason I always got a headache after I cleaned the bathtub and sink was because of the cleaning product I was using. My great grandmother used to say you can’t beat soap and water for cleaning and I think she was right. I use basic ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and just some dish soap and water in a spray bottle to clean mirrors and windows and they’ve never looked so good. Best thing you save money and it’s better for your health too.
Do you have a favorite cleaning tip or cleaning product recipe you’d like to share with your fellow Budget Smart Girls, if so, just leave a comment.