Spring cleaning can be a major undertaking, whether it’s home renovations or just shedding clutter, but it doesn’t have to lead to excessive spring spending. Start with these basic tips to freshen up your home without breaking the bank.
It’s sale time
Shopping is all about timing. And spring is an ideal time to take advantage of retail store sales.
Whether you’re looking to overhaul your wardrobe or revamp your kitchen appliances, there’s likely a seasonal sale event for you. Here are a few going on right now:
- Spring Outlet Event at Amazon
- Up to 25% off Kenmore appliances from Sears
- Up to 20% off patio furniture from Target (through April 11)
- 10% off appliances $396 or more from Home Depot
- Buy one, get one for $1 on select shoes from Kmart
- Up to 70% off select styles at Aeropostale
- Spring Home Event at HSN
As with any sale, if you’re shopping online, don’t assume every discount will be automatically applied to your purchase. Remember to type in any qualifying coupon codes at checkout.
Check the back of the cupboard
In some instances, existing appliances don’t need to be replaced, just spruced up. And you might already have some (or all) of the bleach, mops and dusters you need to get the job done. Don’t shop for new supplies until you’ve taken a quick inventory of the ones already on your shelves.
Get creative with what you have on hand
Look for ways in which cleaning projects can be accomplished without any new purchases. You may have heard of some of the affordable “recipes” for purchase-free cleaning. (Lemons in the frig? Use one to refresh your garbage disposal.)
Websites such as PopSugar have compiled DIY cleaning-product instruction guides for natural and inexpensive alternatives to traditional cleaners. Use these resources to create your own liquid dish soap, grout cleaner and more.
Don’t hire if you don’t have to
Consider taking on bigger home improvement projects instead of hiring outside help or resources, if you honestly think you can handle them.
Rather than hiring window washers or painters, for example, try to complete those projects on your own. Before deciding to replace your carpets, steam clean them yourself and see if that does the trick. Companies such as RugDoctor rent carpet-cleaning machines.
Pick the right products
So you’ve done your product inventory and discovered that not everything can be washed or scrubbed with what you already own. It’s time to start shopping.
When it comes to spring cleaning, sometimes half the battle is picking the right product. Should you really spend the extra money for additional features? Or will a more basic model serve your purpose?
Don’t spring for a cleaning essential — a vacuum, mop, steamer or other product — unless you are sure it fits your needs. Check product specifications and read customer reviews before making your choice.
If it’s a vacuum you’re looking for, we’ve put together a collection of the best vacuums for spring cleaning. It’ll help you decide among devices that are best suited for pet owners, multipurpose users, budget-minded consumers and others.
Before you start your spring cleaning, make sure you’re prepared. Once you’ve finished all the DIY projects you can, put some thought into buying the right cleaning assistant – at a sale price, of course.