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Spring cleaning, big savings

By Shannyn Allan · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Posted: 10 am ET

Does it take a lot to get you motivated to clean house? Would the possibility of saving money give you a good jump-start?

Some of us lose money because of junk and assorted clutter, others waste cash through home inefficiencies. Spring is the perfect time to start over. Here are three tips for doing so.

Assess your heating and cooling methods

The heating and cooling of your home can add up to a big expense. The weather is warming up, so consider investing in an energy-saving heater for next season while stores are offering closeout prices on winter items for the home.

Call in an expert to assess if your home's heating and cooling system needs an overhaul. The expert also can make sure your filters are clean. Don't forget to check your insulation, and make sure windows and door frames are not allowing the outside air to get inside.

Declutter your space

Are you paying extra fees to store your stuff? If so, use the warmer weather to go through any sheds, storage units or extra spaces that contain clutter that is costing you cash.

Even if you do not spend money on a storage unit, you may be purchasing plastic storage bins or other items to help store your clutter. Decluttering will give you a breath of fresh air and will give your space a new look without costing you anything.

Evaluate one room in your home

Everyone seems to have one room that causes them a headache. Usually, it's the laundry room, the office or the "junk room." Thinking we need to clean and tidy the entire house overwhelms many of us.

Instead, try to tackle the one room that causes you the most frustration. Take one day to declutter, and another day to reorganize furniture and get the dust bunnies lurking behind furniture.

In a weekend, you could feel much better just by cleaning one room instead of feeling frustrated that you could not clean the entire house.

Shannyn Allan blogs at FrugalBeautiful.com to help others save money on fashion, fitness and living a fabulous life! Find her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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1 Comment
sambulo
May 05, 2013 at 2:50 am

I found buying cleaning supplies although it is better to shop at Costco or Sam's Club but for daily add ons Dollar Tree is better and sometimes Big Lots. Mostly cleaning is a chore is it done sporadically. Daily touch ups go a long way than just one spring cleaning. The drawback to heavy cleaning is that eventually the body gets tired and one starts skimming. It is better to clean using potent industrial cleaning supplies that get rid of grout without too much pull or drag for heavily soiled areas. Cleaning is not just a one time chore as long as one occupies a home one needs to clean so that the maid-r-us help to occasionally clean the dirt and move out old stored goods which were precious once upon a time. Everything should have an expiration date. In general it is a good way to relax and to exercise as one moves about bends and picks up papers and does laundry in the washroom. While children should help it usually is best to do it alone because I found out children resent doing chores but hate cleaning even more.