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Free Sites to Facilitate Spring Cleaning

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Now that you have the tools to spring clean your PC to optimize its performance, let’s think about the other areas of your home.  In our home, cleaning isn’t just confined to the spring. Gradual consistent cleaning and purging are the only ways I can begin to wage a war against the endless school papers that come home, outgrown kids clothes, and clutter that comes with life.  But what do you do with the stuff?  How can you find people to help with tasks that you might not to do on your own?  How do you keep your family organized throughout the year? 5 sites that you can use to 

Discover found money by selling gently used items 

Before you completely purge, consider sorting items that you are banishing from your home into three piles: donate, trash, and eBay.  Gently used and new items such as kids’ clothes and toys are hot sellers on eBay.  Selling is a great way to put some cash back into your wallets to recoup the cost of abandoned toys and outgrown clothing while helping our environment.  After all, the greenest item is the one that already exists.

Get spring cleaning products delivered to your door 

Did you know that there’s a Proctor & Gamble eStore where you can shop for your favorite cleaning products and get them delivered right to your door?  Brands like Swiffer, Bounty, Mr. Clean, Cascade, Dawn, Tide, Bounce, Gain and more are Proctor and Gamble products that will come right to you. The site has competitive pricing compared to retail stores and provides flat rate $5 shipping or free shipping with orders of $25 or more and new customers get 20% off their entire order at checkout, making for great savings in the name of cleaning.

Find someone to help you wash those windows 

Zaarly is a free mobile platform that connects “buyers,” people more than willing to take time consuming tasks off your hands, with “sellers.” While it may sound a bit like eBay, it differs because you can easily find local people willing to complete your home improvement tasks and even run errands!  It can be helpful for parents who want more hours in the day to complete their never-ending to-do lists.

Get rid of the paper calendar and coordinate busy schedules and activities 

Cozi is a web and mobile service that simplifies busy family life by helping families manage schedules and activities with an online calendar, meal planning and grocery, shopping and to do lists, and making it easy to share family moments with relatives and friends—all with one solution. Cozi is accessible from any computer at home or work as well as on any mobile phone.

Organize receipts and family finances throughout the year 

Are you feeling the tax time crunch? Stay on top of your receipts for family budget purposes with Mint.com. Mint.com is a personal finance tool that helps you see all financial accounts in one place, making it easy to set and keep to budgets, identify money saving ideas and conveniently tracks spending/purchases so you can throw away those receipts! Mint is available online as well as on-the-go with its free iPhone and Android smartphone apps and newly launched, interactive iPad and Android Tablet apps.

Are you planning to do some spring cleaning this weekend? What tools do you use- online or off- to complete much needed tasks?  Feel free to share!

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