When cleaning and organizing your home, you’ll be forgiven if you focus on superficial, surface-level cleaning, vowing to do a thorough deep clean when you have the time (and money!)
But, cleaning and organizing your home should be a priority. Not only is a clean, well-organized home good for your health and mental well-being, but an organized living space can save you money by reducing waste and saving you time.
If you’ve not cleaned in months and require an intense deep clean, you may need to hire professional cleaners or equipment. For example, you might need to rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional carpet cleaner.
If this is out of your budget, it may be worth taking a loan because it’ll get worse the longer you leave it. Investigate personal installment loans since they’re versatile, and you can use them for anything, including getting your house in order.
Once your house is sparkling clean, you can get organizing. Organizing helps you to declutter, get rid of the things you no longer need, and store the things you do need in a way that they’re easy to find.
Follow these handy tips to clean and organize your home on a budget:
- Clean Regularly
The best way to maintain a clean home is to clean it regularly. This means that instead of waiting for the entire house to fall into disarray before you clean, make cleaning a part of your routine.
Apart from everyday cleaning, like doing the dishes and wiping down countertops, an efficient way to keep your house clean is to break it up and have designated days where you clean each room or area once a week, once a fortnight, and once a month. For example, you should wash carpets and bed linen once or twice a week, while fridges and cabinet shelves may only need to be cleaned once a month or every few months.
How often you clean your home depends on several factors, such as how many people live there, whether you have pets and where you live. For instance, if you live in a dusty climate, you will likely need to sweep or vacuum more often.
Apart from drawing up a cleaning schedule, it’s much easier to clean a spill or mess immediately than if you were to leave it and attempt to clean it later. In most cases, if you spill something, it’s easy to wipe it off with a wet cloth, but if you leave it to clean later, it will likely harden and require a detergent and some elbow grease to remove it.
2. Air Out the House
Thanks to temperature control systems and thermostats, it’s not uncommon for some people to barely open the windows, but simply opening them allows fresh air into the home. Even during winter, try opening the windows for a short time to get the stale air out.
Opening the windows and letting the house air reduces the chances of bacteria, mold, and mildew settling in the home. It’s best to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from growing because getting rid of them can be difficult and expensive.
3. Swop Disposable or Single-Use Cleaning Materials for Reusable Ones
There’s no denying that single-use, disposable cleaning materials like wipes, paper towels, and disposable pads for your mop are convenient, but convenience comes with a price. Besides being bad for the environment since they end up in landfills after just one use, they are typically expensive.
Swop wipes and paper towels for rags, and use a mop that doesn’t have pads that need to be changed as frequently. It’s far cheaper to clean and disinfect cleaning materials and reuse them than to purchase an endless supply of disposable ones.
4. Use Household Items to Clean
Cleaning agents can be expensive, especially if you’re buying a detergent for a specific purpose, like a tile cleaner, carpet cleaner, furniture polish, etc. It’s far cheaper and often just as effective to make your cleaners with things you already have at home. Some everyday items you can use to clean include:
- Vinegar – Vinegar is usually cheap and makes an excellent multi-purpose cleaner. Add equal parts of water and white vinegar to a bottle and shake to mix it. Use this solution to clean your kitchen countertops, microwave, stove, floors, windows, sinks, and bathtubs. Avoid using vinegar to clean natural stone like marble, granite, and wood, as the acidity can damage the surface.
- Lemon – Lemon is a natural disinfectant. To clean your microwave, slice a lemon, and put it into a bowl of water. Put the bowl in the microwave and turn the microwave on for about ten to fifteen minutes. Then remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a cloth. The lemon disinfects and removes smells. Clean wooden surfaces by chopping a lemon in half and rubbing the fleshy part again the surface. Lemon can also be used to clean your dishwasher. Place lemon slices in the dishwasher, and run a cycle empty.
- Baking Soda – Baking soda is another inexpensive, common household item that’s great for cleaning. To remove oil stains from carpets, sofas, or upholstery, sprinkle a few spoons of baking soda on the stain and leave it overnight. The baking soda will absorb the oil, and you can wipe it away the following day. Another way to use baking soda is to make a paste by combing it with water. You can use this paste to cut through grease, and clean the shower floor, drains, and sinks.
5. Know What Store-Bought Detergents to Buy
If you don’t want to use household products as detergents and prefer cleaning with store-bought options, you can save money by choosing what to buy carefully. In most cases, generic brands work just effectively as branded detergents.
Another way to save is to choose multi-purpose detergents that you can buy in bulk rather than smaller bottles of detergents for specific items.
6. Deodorize Your Home Naturally
Many people enjoy adding a scent to their homes by lighting candles or spraying air fresheners. While these may add a lovely ambiance to your home, candles, especially good quality ones, are expensive, and air fresheners may cause allergies.
An easy way to deodorize your home is to use things you already have in your kitchen. Place a heavy-bottomed pot onto the stove and add any herbs, spices, fruit, and aromatics you like. Experiment to find your favorite combinations.
Fancy citrus notes? Slice up some oranges and add them to the pot of water with ginger. Or try cinnamon sticks with apple peels, or keep it simple with a bit of vanilla. Let the water boil, then bring it down to a low simmer for a few hours. Your home will smell heavenly!
7. Allow Linens and Carpets to Air-Dry
Using a dryer guzzles a lot of power! You don’t need mid-summer temperatures to air-dry things. Watch the weather forecast and plan to wash your carpets and linens on warm and dry days.
If you can, wash your items early in the day and leave them out to dry. Even if it’s not the sunniest day, your carpets and linens should air dry in the wind.
Apart from saving your energy bill, air drying will preserve the lifespan of your linens and carpets.
8. Adopt a Six-Month or One-Year Rule
A large part of organizing is deciding what to keep and toss. Many people struggle with hoarding and giving up their possessions which have made for many popular TV shows but keeping things you don’t need leads to a disorganized, cluttered home.
One way to approach this is to adopt a six-month or one-year rule – if you’ve not used something in six months or a year, it may be time to let it go.
If you’ve not used an everyday item like crockery or cutlery in six months, consider giving it away. Give yourself a year for seasonal items like heaters and coats. You may want to hold onto special-occasion or holiday things that you only bring out over the holidays, but if you’ve not used them in a few years, you probably don’t need them.
9. Tackle One Area at a Time
Like cleaning, you should take a measured approach to organizing your home. Attempting to do too much at once can be overwhelming and tiring. To finish quickly, you may dump things into drawers or cabinets just to get them out of the way, which is counterproductive.
Aim to organize one closet, cabinet, or room at a time. Take everything out of one cabinet instead of emptying them all. Sort through, and decide what you want to keep and what to toss. Pack away what you’re keeping, put the rest aside to donate or throw out, and then move to the next area.s
10. Get Creative with Storage Solutions
You don’t need new storage containers to organize your home. Look around your house to see what you can repurpose or reuse. Cardboard shoe boxes are great for storing a range of things, from socks to stationery. If you don’t like how they look, you can cover them with wallpaper or wrapping paper.
Give old coffee jars a fresh new look by spray painting them and use them to store cutlery, dry ingredients, or as a vase. There are so many things you probably throw out that can be easily repurposed to make an attractive storage solution.
Cleaning and organizing your home may be at the bottom of your list of priorities, especially if you’re on a tight budget, but it shouldn’t be! Having a clean, organized house has many benefits and can save you time and money in the long run.
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