You don’t need to wait for Spring before launching yourself into some serious home decluttering, but every year the changing season inspires thousands to kick start a more minimalistic approach to their belongings.
Spring cleaning might sound like a chore, but it can be a really freeing experience which de-stresses, declutters and reorganises your space. It’s a great excuse to spruce up your home and give it a new lease of life.
With a bit of effort, creative thinking and selling on any unwanted goods, you can transform your house and even make a little bit of money in the process.
Studies suggest that very materialistic people tend to have lower self-esteem, and those with tidier homes are less stressed in their everyday lives. Minimalism is more than just a trendy movement, it’s a way of life that can seriously benefit your well-being and your wallet.
Become Aware of What You Have
Going through what you own raises awareness of just how much stuff you actually own - helping you make more informed decisions on what you need to purchase in future. Especially when you experience how amazing it feels post-clearout!
Turn Your Clutter into Cash
You’d be amazed – it’s possible to sell almost anything. Old mobile phones, last year’s must-have gadgets, clothes, CDs, unwanted gifts, books… All the things that get stuck in the back of drawers, gather dust on shelves or are crammed in your overflowing wardrobe could be sold and turned into cash. There are loads of websites and apps that can help you sell your stuff with minimal effort. Ebay and Depop are two very popular options, and super quick and easy to use.
Make Time for Those Repairs
It’s easy to ignore those pesky holes or cracks in the walls, shabby looking paint jobs or lightbulbs that need replacing. However, it’s one of the easiest ways to improve the look of your home, and small repair jobs should be at the top of your to-do list when giving your home a refresh.
Bear in mind, though: before you splash out on expensive DIY tools, consider asking friends, family and neighbours if you can borrow theirs first. You may just save yourself time, space and money.
Antiques and Collectibles
If you've got any old furniture or items that you think might be antique, make sure you get them valued. You never know, you could be sitting on a gold mine – literally! Or even if something just has that vintage look to it, it could be a good upcycle project to make it into something ‘shabby chic’. These kind of items look wonderful and you can usually make much more money from it when sold – unless you fall back in love with it, that is.
If you’re in need of extra cash and you don’t find a fortune hidden away when spring cleaning, consider a flexible MYJAR loan to cover those necessary extra costs. Just be sure to only borrow to cover your essential costs and only what you can afford to pay back!
And if you didn’t uncover any hidden treasure during your spring cleaning don’t worry – at least your home looks prettier after a good clear out.
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