Many people think that spring cleaning is just a bunch of cleaning and organizing chores. That it’s just about dusting the blinds and straightening the closets, but spring cleaning is a frugal activity that can help you to save money! Before you tackle your own spring cleaning tasks, take a look at How Spring Cleaning Saves You Money!
How Spring Cleaning Saves You Money
1. Find Things to Donate.
One of the best ways that spring cleaning saves you money is that it helps you find things to donate! Not only is donating to charity a nice thing to do and an easy way to clear out unwanted items, but it also can potentially set you up for a nice tax deduction come tax time! At places like Goodwill, your donations will earn you a receipt. When it comes time to do your taxes, you may find that your donations of clothing and home goods may be deductible!
2. Realize Problems.
Spring cleaning also helps to save you money by allowing you to recognize problems early on. You may not know that your roof is in bad condition until you go up high to clean your gutters. Or you may not have noticed termite damage in your garage because a bunch of boxes were in the way. The earlier you notice problems, usually the less they cost to fix. It’s easier (and cheaper) to repair termite damage to one wall than to have to repair damage all throughout your home!
3. Prevent Problems.
Another way that spring cleaning saves you money is by preventing problems from ever starting to begin with. Clean gutters keep water moving away from your home, reducing the chance of water damage. And deep cleaning areas like the bathroom and kitchen helps reduce the chance that bacteria and diseases can grow unchecked. Just because your oven vent’s filter doesn’t get directly touched by anyone doesn’t mean that bacteria from a dirty filter can’t spread to other parts of your kitchen!
4. Find Things to Sell.
Of course, one of the best benefits of doing spring cleaning is that you may find things to sell! This includes old books, furniture you no longer want, and electronics you haven’t used in a while. You could make some good money selling your things at a garage sale, on eBay, on Amazon, Thred Up, or through your local consignment shop!
5. Prevents Double Purchases.
Have you ever bought something but felt like you used to own it at some point, then found that same item a few weeks later in your closet? If you don’t know what you already own, you’re likely to buy it again! Sometimes this can just be something that costs a little, like weed trimmer line. And other times it can be something costly, like a fancy accessory for an electronic device. By having an up-to-date mental catalog of all your belongings, you won’t buy things twice by accident, which will save you money!
6. Reduces Spending.
Perhaps the most surprising way that spring cleaning saves you money is by reducing your desire to spend. Sometimes it takes going through all the closets and boxes in your home just to realize how much stuff you already have. Realizing this, and having to deal with cleaning and organizing all of it, can quickly make you want to simplify your life, or at least simplify your belongings! This will make you more likely to think twice before making future purchases, a habit that helps save you money!
How has spring cleaning saved you money?