We’ll say it — spring cleaning is no fun. And it can be an expensive chore. Vacuum filters, cleaning supplies, rags — cleaning can really add up. And that’s not including all of the new things you’re tempted to buy once you’ve cleared out half your wardrobe.
Don’t despair! We’re here to help. Here are three easy spring cleaning steps to make this year’s mission cheaper and less stressful.
1. Don’t buy expensive cleaners.
Torn about whether Windex is better than the knock off “Streak-free Window Cleaner”? Skip the cleaners altogether this year. Here’s a list by Money Talk News of 6 Alternatives to Expensive Household Cleaners. The best part is, you can buy these ingredients in bulk and use them over and over. Stop buying toxic chemicals just for the name brand — a little bit of baking soda and vinegar will do just fine… and costs less, too.
2. Swap or sell old clothes, don’t just give them away.
So, your place is smelling clean and you’re ready to move to your closet. Instead of donating everything at first, go to a retail resale store like Plato’s Closet or Clothes Mentor that actually pays you for your old clothing. Then, they’ll donate the clothes that they don’t want to buy.
Or you could host your own clothing swap — you and your friends bring your old clothes, put them in a pile, and start swapping. See Real Simple’s guide on How to Hold a Clothing Swap for ways to make everyone feel like they walked away with a new wardrobe, without opening their wallet.
3. Buy cheap accent pieces, not a new couch.
Now you have new threads and a clean apartment. Now it’s time to refresh your décor. It might be tempting to just go out and buy pretty things. Don’t do it! Instead of buying a new sofa, why not just buy a slipcover?
Don’t splurge on entirely new furniture; spruce up your place with an affordable accent piece. What’s an accent piece? It’s essentially a really awesome talking piece that can be switched out seasonally and, more importantly, you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Sure, spring cleaning is a hassle, but it doesn’t have to cost you. Spruce up your place and gear up for warmer weather without being scared to check your bank account the next day. Share your favorite spring cleaning steps that save you money by shouting us out on Facebook or Twitter.