When you think about spring cleaning do you think about frugality?
Well, maybe you should.
Here are all the good things about a spring-cleaning binge.
It helps you get healthy.
During the winter, our homes get full of things like germs, viruses, dander, pet fur, and dust. When you open the windows to let the fresh air in, scrub every square inch, and get into all the nooks and crannies, not only will your home smell fantastic, but you’ll get rid of all those nasty things that can make you sick.
If you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your home, this is particularly vital. After cold and flu season, airing out your home is essential to help your household be healthier.
Your belongings last longer when they’re cleaned.
One of the best passive ways to save money is to make sure that your things don’t have to be replaced all the time. By vacuuming and shampooing upholstery, washing walls, cleaning the dust from the backs of electronics, laundering curtains, and airing out rugs, you’ll get rid of the debris that causes wear and tear. As well, when you lay hands on everything, you can often find easily repaired damage that would only get worse as time goes on.
You can declutter at the same time.
If you’re like me, there are always things you can get rid of. (And I only moved a year ago! *hangs head in shame*) Decluttering can help you make room for supplies that are more important, like food bought on sale, a haul from couponing, or equipment for DIY projects.
Your decluttering can bring in money, too.
When we declutter, we plan a yard sale within a week or so of our deep clean. All the things we no longer want are put in the yard sale, and anything that doesn’t sell is donated. Use this money to fund your emergency account or to purchase supplies at a bulk discount. We’ve had sales where we only made a hundred bucks or so, but generally we make $500 or more getting rid of things we no longer want or use.
Being more organized will save you money.
I know, it sounds ridiculous, but think about all the times you have had to buy something because you misplaced the one you knew you had…somewhere. When you go through all your things, be organized about putting them away and, if you’re anything like me, you will find loads of things you forgot you even had. Better yet, you won’t run into those frustrating moments when the missing item turns up the moment after you rip the tags off the one you bought as a replacement.
Being organized will also save you time.
How much time do you spend looking for misplaced items every year? I know I spend a fair bit of time that could be used much more productively. When everything has a home (and is in it) then you can quickly locate any supplies you need and you won’t need a “quick” trip to the store where you’ll be faced with the cost of a new item and all sorts of other temptations.
It’s good for the soul.
Think about how great you feel when your home is impeccable, fresh-smelling, and tidy. It’s the best, right? That boost in mood will also provide a boost in energy that could inspire you to get even more projects done. Many people find that getting their place thoroughly clean and organized helps them stay motivated to keep it that way.
Let’s start scrubbing!
I know that it just isn’t spring for me unless I’ve given our home a good once-over, had our annual yard sale, and organized my house from top to bottom. It is a great start to my favorite part of the year – the warm part when I can have a garden!
What about you? Do you enjoy spring cleaning? What’s your favorite part? Share your thoughts in the comments.