Spring cleaning can make a home feel like new, but let’s face it, it’s a pain. But it’s possible to outsource some of that work without being a millionaire. Here are some options:
Check online: Sure, you could hire a cleaning service, but these days it’s easy to find people who will clean your house for you on the cheap. Start with Craigslist.
Another place to look is TaskRabbit, a company that lets people post services they want someone else to do for them. Then, people who sign up for the site and have gotten a background check can bid on the job. Similar sites have been popping up all over: Check out Zaarly.com or beagle.com.
Raid your family for help, says Atlanta-based organizer Monica Ricci. ‘‘Assign specific spring cleaning tasks to your kids in age-appropriate ways. Little ones can use a sponge to wipe down baseboards, while older kids can help take down window treatments.’’
Ask around: You may be able to find a good deal on a cleaner by talking to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Perhaps they know of a college student looking to make extra cash, or they use a low-cost cleaning service. At any rate, anyone you find through a referral will have the added benefit of already having been vetted by someone you know.
Tag team: If you have some chores you don’t mind and others you can’t stand, check with your friends and neighbors to see if they might be interested in swapping efforts.
‘‘Team up or trade off with your best friend to tag-team the tasks you each like least to make spring cleaning easier, faster,’’ Ricci says.
Seek out daily deals: Many sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon’s daily deals often have coupons for cleaning services. A recent Groupon offer in Boston, for example, offered full-house spring cleaning for $69, instead of $149.
As the typical spring cleaning months approach, look out for these deals. If you can’t find a deal, the services themselves might offer a one-time cleaning at a special rate.
Furniture pickup: If you’re willing to donate old furniture to second-hand stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, then these stores often make house calls for items that are hard to transport. Call a local shop to see if they offer this service.
Digital spring cleaning: Take advantage of your office’s IT department to get free advice. Ask them for tips about how to archive excess e-mail and documents; they can also take a look at the files you have on your computer and delete any unnecessary ones.
At home, take advantage of services online such as Carbonite, Mozy, or Symantec to back up files.