You wouldn’t know it by the snow on the ground and the frigidly cold temperatures in many of the states, but spring is on its way. As we draw closer to the end of February, we can start looking forward to warmer temperatures, the sunshine, and fresh flowers again.
One way many people welcome spring is by deep cleaning away all of dust and filth that accumulates in the long winter months when fresh air and wide open windows aren’t an option.
I’m here to dispel the notion that you can only spring clean in spring. In fact, I think that more people would benefit from deep cleaning their houses at least once a season.
Don’t wait for the ground to thaw before working on your “spring cleaning.” For all the skeptics out there, here’s a list of ten compelling reasons to spring clean before spring.
1. Spring cleaning can save you money
No, really. Cleaning can save you money. When was the last time you vacuumed your refrigerator coils? The coils help your refrigerator release the hot air that it pulled from inside the unit to keep your food cold. If those coils are covered in dust, the fridge will burn more energy because it has to work harder to function properly. It will also shorten the lifespan of the fridge.
Everyone should clean their coils, at least, twice a year, but if you have pets and a lot of fur and dander in your house, you may want to vacuum your fridge coils more often.
2. Well-kept items last longer
Saving money doesn’t end with well-kept fridge coils. Regular maintenance on all of your appliances will increase their lifespan and keep them in great working order. So make sure to scrub your oven, rotate your mattress, and vacuum out the vents on your air ducts and dryer at least once each season.
3. You’ll stop buying duplicates
Once you start deep cleaning your home, you’ll realize just how much useless stuff you wasted your money on. If your house is anything like mine, spring cleaning will produce 400 lost pens, 100 lost socks, and 6 phone charges.
Every time I find all of the duplicates I bought throughout the year, I wish I had been willing just to take the time to clean better and find those lost items, instead of buying new. By keeping track of your things in the first place, you won’t have to waste money on replacements or get rid of clutter later on.
4. It helps you realize where your money is being spent
Stacks of unread magazines represent stacks of wasted money. Pitch them in the recycling bin and cancel the subscription. If you’re willing to spring clean more often, you won’t have to wait as long before realizing how much money you wasted on unnecessary purchases. You don’t have to be a minimalist, but spring cleaning definitely helps you assess whether the things in your house are worth the money you spent to obtain them.
5. You don’t have to pay for additional storage
We are a nation obsessed with storage. From storage sheds, storage facilities, storage bins, and “organizational units” people have gone storage happy. If you don’t use your items, you don’t need them. Don’t pay to store things you neither want nor use. If you spring clean quarterly, instead of annually, you’ll be able to pare down on your things and avoid the storage mania.
6. You’ll find items to donate
Spring cleaning always produces piles of stuff to donate. Make a difference in the lives of others, and help out charity organizations, by paying it forward with the items you neither use nor need. Someone else out there will benefit from those items.
7. Can you say, “itemized deduction?”
Make sure to keep a detailed record of any items you donate. You’ll be able to get a head start on those deductions for next year’s taxes simply by giving away the items that are collecting dust. If you go through your house quarterly, you’ll have four separate tax deductions that can add up to nice reprieve from a portion of your tax liability come tax time.
8. You’ll find items to sell
Some stuff is worth too much just to give away. If you’ll make more money by selling the item on craigslist, eBay, or at a yard sale, don’t haul it off to charity just yet. Start setting aside a “to sell” pile. You can start selling items online right away, or once it’s warm, you can have a yard sale to make some money off of your items you don’t have a use for anymore. After that, any items you don’t successfully sell can then be taken to charity organizations.
9. You won’t be tempted to up-size your home or apartment
By regularly going through your home and belongings, you’ll be able to keep everything in manageable order. It’s when our houses start to get too cluttered to live comfortably that we begin to look into finding a bigger apartment or a larger house to “spread out.” Most often, we don’t need the extra space; we just need to prioritize our belongings.
10. You can spring clean any time of year
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done in the spring. I challenge you to have a year of seasonal cleaning instead. At the start of spring, summer, fall, and winter, deep clean your home. Find things to donate to charity or sell to make a profit. Don’t let your things become overwhelming and a reason for up-sizing your home. By “spring cleaning” more often, you’ll save money, earn money, and increase the lifespan of your belongings.
Do you spring clean more than once a year? Do you find that deep cleaning saves you money?