Spring cleaning may feel like a cliché until you start looking around your home — checking out overflowing drawers, dust-collecting furniture, our early-staged-molding showers — and realizing there might be a good reason behind the seasonal purge.
Although a big, catch-all clean-up session can provide a chance to restart and reset your home, it can still feel overwhelming.
At The Cool Down, we spend every season finding new ways you can make money, get healthier, or support a good cause, just by cleaning up.
Below, you’ll find a list of easy ways to scrub, declutter, and reorganize your space, sorted by room and three key benefits.
- Profit: Ways to get paid for your old clothes, furniture, and appliances.
- Declutter: Ways to easily and safely dispose of your unwanted stuff.
- Clean Up: Ways to quickly and healthily clean your space.
- Use GotSneakers to sell your old, worn-in sneakers for cash and keep shoes out of landfills.
- ThredUp will send you a free Clean Out Kit for your old clothes, assess their value, and pay you for them.
- In exchange for your old underwear, Knickey will give you a 15% discount on new items.
- Recycle denim through Cotton Incorporated’s program, where they’ll get turned into new products.
- Donate your old holey socks to SmartWool, where they’ll be recycled into dog beds.
- Wear what you own or upcycle your clothes to avoid sending items to overwhelmed thrift stores.
- If your clothes are in good shape but just a little smelly, use this vodka hack to freshen them up.
- If your jewelry is in bad shape, this brilliant hack will get it back to pristine condition using nothing but kitchen items.
- Instead of tossing out your shoes, repair them at your local cobbler. (Yes, cobblers are still a thing, and they rock.)
- Use Best Buy’s trade-in calculator to get a quote for your old electronics. Some items can get you over $300 in gift cards.
- Sell home goods and furniture easily on Facebook Marketplace. You can make a profit and avoid transporting heavy furniture.
- Swap your incandescent bulbs for LEDs, which last much longer and can cut your power bill.
- For furniture you don’t want to sell, you can get rid of it for free by posting in your local Buy Nothing Facebook group.
- Donate your unwanted furniture to Habitat for Humanity.
- The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation will come to your home to collect donated items, including books, DVDs, and paintings.
- Use this walnut hack to clean chipped and stained wood furniture — it’ll last longer than you ever imagined.
- Use this silly — albeit effective — leaf blower hack to dust off those old, grime-heavy furniture pieces.
- Dusty ceiling fans are the scariest cleaning jobs in existence, but this hack makes it way faster and less gross.
- Sell the cups, plates, and silverware you no longer use to Replacements.com or on Facebook marketplace.
- List your appliances on OfferUp, an app that makes it easy to find buyers for your old gadgets.
- Have a garage sale — and highlight appliances from brands like KitchenAid, which can still sell for hundreds of dollars.
- Switch to no-waste laundry and dish pods, which come in compact boxes that stack easily, unlike huge plastic detergent jugs.
- In select cities, Walmart will come to your home to refill your grocery containers so you don’t have to deal with trash.
- You can pay Best Buy to haul away your bigger appliances, like refrigerators and dishwashers.
- Naturally clean your baking sheets with this easy, two-ingredient hack that uses vinegar and baking soda.
- Lemons are the ultimate degreasing tools. You can use them to clean your dirty sinks, cooktops, and more.
- Clean your microwave without even scrubbing anything with this simple lemon hack.
- Install a bidet, which can cost as little as $40 and save you hundreds of dollars on toilet paper.
- Upgrade to a WaterSense showerhead, which optimizes water pressure and can save you around $70 a year.
- Sell your new or gently used makeup products on GlamBot, which is like Depop for beauty products.
- Select Sephora and Nordstrom locations will recycle old or expired beauty products via drop-off boxes at participating stores.
- Send old hairstyling tools to InStyler to recycle all those loose cords and beat-up blowdryers.
- Switch to bar shampoo and conditioner to cut down on bulky plastic bottles taking up space in your shower.
- Use lemons (the world’s most underrated cleaning tool) to scrub the limescale out of your shower.
- Use critic acid in your toilet and never smell those disgusting bleach fumes again.
- Make this non-toxic, two-ingredient countertop cleaner to scrub down sinks and bathroom counters in seconds.
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