3 Spring Cleaning Tips Your Bank Account Will Love
You can finally open your windows to the promising air of spring. A thousand projects await, and you’re itching to get started. But that ever-present worry persists in the back of your mind. How much is all this going to cost?
Relax! We’ve found some truly therapeutic spring cleaning tasks that will not only save you money but potentially pad your bank account as well.
Spring Clean Your Yard
Forget its chore-like reputation, mowing your lawn is really a classic traditional cardio cruncher! Think about it. You pay for a gym membership, keep track of daily steps and characteristically crave outdoor time. This cost-effective weekly activity checks off all your boxes!
Ever been so angry you just wanted to snap? Consider pruning. Sharp shears cut satisfyingly through dead, ugly growth and make them disappear, clearing the way for hopeful new shoots. Pruning your property can be as cathartic as it is satisfying.
How about putting in borders and a garden? Start by mapping out the location of your current borders and flowerbeds as well as possible sites for additional plantings. Recall the extent to which your current garden thrived last year. Observe and record how much sun and shade each location gets.
Thanks to your newfound landscape and garden finesse, there’s a nice little nest egg of savings at your disposal. The lawn and shrubs look amazing, garden plans auspicious. Perhaps now is the perfect time to consider using some of those savings to contact a professional landscape gardening company. How can employing professional service at this point save you additional time and money?
- They purchase flowers, plants and fertilizer in bulk so you pay wholesale prices.
- Gardening is not your full-time job. You’ve got a lot to do besides plant.
- Healthy attractive landscaping adds value to your property.
- Professional landscapers stand by their work. Shrubs and flowers that don’t make it are replaced for free!
Appealing landscape contributes to approximately ten percent of a home’s re-sale price. In this scenario, you are using your personal property maintenance return to assure an even greater one down the road.
Spring Clean Your Energy Efficiency
Now that you’re less dependent on your HVAC system, it’s a great time to check and clean your heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit filters. You don’t need special equipment, simply compile the following:
- Ladder or step stool
- Vacuum with hand attachments
- Stiff cleaning brush
- Running water
Try to clean filters outside, preferably on a beautiful day. You’ll be amazed at all the dust and debris they have collected over the winter. Clogged filters force your HVAC unit to work progressively harder. When you clean and clear away blockage, you directly lower energy cost and increase air flow efficiency.
Another cost-effective energy saver is the utilization of home light timers. These can be placed both indoors and out. Many simply plug into existing outlets. Adjust their automatic settings to take into account spring’s increasing hours of daylight.
Spring Clean Your Storage
You know you’ve got stuff that’s worth something to someone else. Stuff being the operative word because it’s stuffed in closets and drawers, on shelves and in boxes.
Sorting can be as restorative as it is daunting. The trick is to start small — one drawer, one cabinet at a time. Stay away from potentially emotional items in the beginning. You’ll accomplish more while creating a strong sorting momentum.
Once you’ve compiled enough promising pieces, selling options abound.
- Garage Sale
- Neighborhood Tag Sale
- Social Media sites like Facebook Marketplace
- Specific Apps such as OfferUp and LetGo
Aside from an immediate influx of cash, the result of sorting and selling is additionally beneficial in a more long-term and universal manner.
By organizing your household, you’ve lightened your load, pared down possessions and minimized junk. This, in and of itself, is cost-effective. Think about it. Saving come with specifics such as dumpster renting and storage pods, packing, perhaps the necessity of a quick move or an unexpected one.
Above and beyond making and saving money, beautifying your property and honing energy efficiency, you have literally and figuratively cleaned and pruned away towards sweet, healthy new growth — and that’s the best way to end your spring cleaning adventures and enter summer on a high note.