During this time of year, when the days start to become both longer and warmer, a lot of people give their house a thorough cleaning, preparing it for those hot summer months. Of course, you can clean your house weekly, but this time of year gives us the chance to do extra cleaning. Walls, window coverings, ceilings and the attic are just a few of the things that we tackle. Most of us also put away our heavier winter clothes and linens, swapping them out for lighter, airier choices. Junk usually accumulates as well as we extend projects to our yards also, weeding, raking and pruning. Indoors and outdoors, our houses get spruced up for the summer months.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming, however, when you think about everything that you want to do. It also doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few eco-friendly tips to stay within your budget throughout your deep clean in the summer months.
If you want to clean your whole house by a certain date, take a few minutes to plan it out. What exactly do you want to get done? How much time daily do you have to spend on it? Will the whole family be helping you? What is your budget for cleaning supplies, and can you find eco-friendly junk removal services? By answering these few questions before you start, you can save yourself the headache of diving into the cleaning without really knowing how much you’ll spend, when you’ll finish or how you’ll dispose of your items in an eco-friendly manner.
Clean in Sections
Once you’ve planned your cleaning out, take it room by room. This can help make the task seem more manageable, helping you to avoid a panic attack at the thought of cleaning the whole house top to bottom. By tackling one room at a time, you can also better see the progress you’ve made. If you’re sticking to a budget, you might consider scheduling out your cleaning so you can afford to pay for the big cleaning items like eco-friendly cleaners, extended reach dusters, and even paint if your walls just won’t get the junk off of them. Each of these items can cost you a pretty penny.
More and more people are using deep clean sessions as a time to purge. We tend to hunker down in the winter and unwanted possessions can pile up. This is the perfect time of year as well to go through belongings, throwing out anything that is broken beyond repair or has outlived its usefulness. On a budget? Try selling these items for cold hard cash. Do you really need that old CD walkman from 2003? Sell it for $5 to some junior high school kid at a garage sale. You can also donate things to shelters, and use this opportunity to recycle your unwanted items. Waste not, want not.
Deep cleaning your house may take time, but it doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, and stressful. By planning ahead, budgeting your spending, finding eco-friendly options, and recycling you’ll surely be on the right track to a clean house and a clean mind.
About the Author: Vern is a writer on a variety of topics including eco-friendly tips. He’s written blogs in the past about eco-friendly junk removal, cleaning with green products, and lessening your carbon footprint.