Spring cleaning saving tips
Organize a bunch of stuff, save a bunch of money
Spring's good for warmer weather and longer days. But cleaning? Not so much. It's a pain in the neck always, but you may have an extra incentive to do it this season: spring cleaning saving tips.
That's right -- you can actually save money by doing your clean-up duty in pantries, closets, storage spaces and more. An example brought up in this WalletPop story is needlessly buying items at the grocery store when you already have one, two or three of them shoved far back in a shelf somewhere at home.
The article doesn't touch upon another of the spring cleaning saving tips: sorting through old mail and paperwork. How many times have you completely forgotten about an important bill, traffic fine or tax debt because you lost the envelope? If these things stay hidden long enough, you can find yourself knee-deep in extra fees, or worse, legal trouble. About.com points out another funny spring cleaning find -- old condoms and birth control pills. These are other items that you can waste money buying more of if you don't have a proper place for storage. You may also foolishly try to use these old, most-likely damaged items and possibly end up with an accidental pregnancy or STD.
There are heaps of organizing tools out there, but they'll just cost you more money. Try a simple trick by designating a clear, clean spot for things you lose easily, like contraception kept only under the bathroom sink or in your bedside drawer. Try just keeping that one item in that same spot, and see how you fare. A trick with paper is to quickly discard what you don't need. That means if that day's mail is 75-percent advertisements and coupons you won't use, toss them. Read all important documents immediately and mail the payments or correspondence required by them that day to avoid getting another paper pileup.
What are your spring cleaning saving tips? What strange, valuable or funny things have you found when de-cluttering?
"With the arrival of spring, you may be due for a fresh start around the house. Better organization is a great way to do just that and a little organizing now can save a lot of stress and money in the seasons ahead.
There are many smart, inexpensive organization products out there, but the first step toward real savings is creating a system that will stick when life happens..."