Spring is here and that means many of us are beginning the massive undertaking of major cleaning in our homes. We're working to bring you easy money-saving tips to make the mission, a little more manageable.
Tip #1: Donate unwanted items to charitable organizations. When you do, make sure you get a receipt. You can write off the value of those donated items on your 2011 taxes when you file next year. To make sure you don't forget about it; leave the receipts with other tax paperwork so you'll have them handy when it's time to file.
Tip #2: Turn a glass into homemade speakers. Listening to music can keep you motivated while cleaning, but speakers that work all over your house can be expensive. This solution uses things you likely already have in the house. If your mp3 player already has speakers, all you have to do is hit play, and then put it speaker-side down into a small glass. The shape of the glass will work to amplify the sound. You'll be able to hear the music from just about anywhere.
Tip #3: Sell old furniture or exercise equipment on Craigslist or Ebay. Don't throw away the stuff you no longer want. Get some money from it. If you want to sell bigger items like a couch or bookcase, just put a stipulation on the ad that the buyer must come pick it up.
Tip #4: Instead of spending a lot of money on cleaners, make your own. All you really need is water and white vinegar to take care of most problems. You can clean tile, laminate and even hardwood floors with the right mixture of these ingredients. Just mix three parts warm or hot water with one part white vinegar. It's not harmful to your health, and costs just a fraction of the price of those chemical cleaners. Don't worry, once the solution dries, the vinegar smell goes away.
Tip #5: Install motion detectors on your light switches. It will help cut down on your electric bill if you only have the lights on when you're in the room. There is an initial investment you'll have to put up, but you'll make the money back over time on your electric bill.