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How to Save Money by Cleaning Your House

By: Steve Johnson

7/23/2008 - 43 Comments

A clean house can be a lot of work, but the benefits could out way the effort.

Summer is a good time to clean the house because you can open the windows after shampooing the carpet or dusting the tables. You also have more day light hours in the summer providing better visibility when cleaning.

Here are a few ways that a clean house can save you money.

Reduce the Germs

Germs will not spread as fast because the kids will not find as much dirt to eat off the floor and they will not get as sick as often or develop allergies to dust or mold. Teaching your kids to wash their hands before eating is perhaps the healthiest thing that you can teach them, because a high percentage of germs are transmitted from hand to mouth.  This is probably worth at least two doctor visits a year, or $200.

Increase the Life of Your Home

The carpet will last three years longer with frequent vacuums that will keep sand particles from wearing out your carpet. The same can be said about painting the walls. Cleaning your walls will extend the period of time that they need to be repainted. If you put your kids in charge of clean the walls, they will be less likely to get them dirty – which means you will not have to repaint them as often.  This is probably worth at least $500 per year.

Teach Your Kids to Take Care of Themselves

Kids learn by osmosis. The kids will eventually learn to clean their own rooms and do their own wash, after watching you and as you put them in charge of these tasks.  As kids become self sufficient, you will have more time for yourself and will not have to help them throughout their adult live.

Keeping a clean house teaches kids the value of order and structure, which helps them understand motivation and goals. Future goals lead kids to understand the value of getting a good education later in life.  The process starts by teaching them order and structure when they are five years old.  Something as simple as a cleaning schedule can help your kids focus on one thing at a time.  That skill can then be used to focus on getting their homework done, which leads to a better life for them and less money from you to support them.  The littlest thing like making them make their bed everyday could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars later in life. This is worth at least $500 per year.

Taking care of the assets that you have is a very good concept to teach your kids, but some things are too hard for kids to understand if you just try to tell them at a young age.  Luckily you have another method to teach your kids. Your kids will repeat after you. You can test this out and seen what I mean. My kids wash their bikes after watching me wash my car.  My kids are always watching what I do and trying to find a way to repeat after me.  Here is a quick example; try walking in front of them and then start skipping and watch what your kids do.

Reduce the Clutter

The more you clean the more stuff you find to throw away. Putting things in their place gets old very quickly when you have a lot of things.  That’s why a clean house cannot be a cluttered house.  The less clutter, the less time you have to spend cleaning and the less money you spend buying things that you already have but couldn’t find. And finally, the less clutter, the less cleaning supplies to clean things. This is worth at least $200 per year.

Total savings from keeping a clean house comes to; $200 + $500 + $500 + $200 = $1400 per year. That’s a lot of money saved.  The next time you want to save a few pennies around the house, relax, stay home and clean the house.

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