You may find yourself asking "how did my house get this messy?" many times throughout the year. Unfortunately, as much as you'd not like to hear this, YOU are how your house got this messy. Perhaps you updated your wardrobe, bought a new television set, a new vacuum, or anything for the matter. Now your home has large amounts of stuff and you're cleaning out your home for the second time this summer. You have to decide on what to keep, what to get rid of, and then just decide to stuff everything in your closet or garage. In order to avoid these dreadful cleaning tasks, perhaps you need to stop bringing in the junk
First, get that second summer cleaning started. Sell your old cell phones, donate your old hair dryers, blenders, and other appliances, and throw away any garbage. You can pretty much donate anything that is still useful or you can sell it if possible. Most donations can be written off on your tax form too, or at least up to 50%. If you must buy something new
, donate or throw away something old. Doing this prevents the accumulation of junk or piles of unworn and unused items. Getting rid of low quality
clothes, shoes, furniture, and other household items is a way to create more space in your home. Keep good quality items that you are certain to us, and only invest in high quality products. This not only reduces the amounts of build up junk, but you'll soon realize that those cheaper tank tops go out of style every year anyways. Stopping yourself from making those purchases helps save money in the long run, even if it is
only $10. Buy what you need and not in bulk.
Buying in bulk seems cost effective, but often most of it expires or goes unused. Some frozen vegetables and an extra bag of detergent may not be too bad, but opt for food shopping weekly instead. You'll end up buying food that is better for you and saving more money that way. Make lists for what you need to buy and stick to it- whether the list is for clothes, appliances, or food, don't stray far from the list. Buy only what you need. Return plastic bags to the store it came from, return hangers to the dry cleaners, and say no thanks to freebies that seem tempting but really aren't necessary. Switch to paperless mail and direct deposit options to reduce the income of paper to your home. Reducing the income of junk mail is effective, too. These tips are simple but helpful options to keeping junk out of your home. Following these tips will prevent the need to do serious house cleanings multiple times throughout each season, and also keeps your house spacious, clean, and neat. Hopefully these tips have helped you today!