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5 easy house projects for people who hate cleaning

Posted June 15

Even if you don’t love spring cleaning, there comes a time when you need to reorganize and spruce up your home. To get started, try these easy home projects that won’t cost you a fortune and won’t consume your weekends. (Deseret Photo)

Spring cleaning is frequently preached as the cure-all for seasonal ruts, allergies, and moods.

But what isn’t addressed is the time required and the money spent, and the simple fact that some people just hate cleaning. Some of us don’t feel inspired by lint rollers or mops, nor do we consider The Container Store the mothership.

Even if you loathe spring cleaning, there comes a time when you need to reorganize and spruce up your home. And it's not too late, despite summer being right around the corner.

To get started, try these easy home projects that won’t cost you a fortune and won’t consume your weekends.

1. Install a Security Light

Security lights around your home can deter burglars and improve your home’s safety, as they eliminate hiding spots. You might even impress a neighbor or two with the new setup.

Luckily, there are dozens of security lights on the market that are inexpensive and easy to install in a few minutes. The best security lights feature motion sensors, so the lights only turn on when they detect movement, saving you on energy costs. And solar-powered options can be the easiest to install, as you don’t need to plug them in or hardwire them to your home.

Project Cost: Between $30 and $100.

Time Needed: Depending on the type of light, between thirty minutes and half a day.

Level of Easiness: Almost as easy as changing a lightbulb — almost.

2. Donate or Sell Unused Furniture and Appliances

When’s the last time you sorted through your closet, basement, garage or spare room? Make this weekend the time you finally tackle your neglected and unused clothing, furniture and appliances. If you want to earn money, you can sell them quickly and easily using an app like letgo or KSL Classifieds. Don’t want to deal with the hassle of listing items? Donate them! The Salvation Army will pick up your used furniture and other large items for free.

Project Cost: Free! In fact, you might even make money.

Time Needed: Less than an hour.

Level of Easiness: As easy as ordering a pizza online.

3. Build a Fire Pit

You heard that right. Building a fire pit is one of the easiest home updates you can undertake. Plus, it makes your yard look nicer and can be used year-round. All you need are landscaping bricks, a metal fire pit ring, gravel, and some building tools. Get creative with the shape, size, and design of the pit to fit your needs. A DIY fire pit will look more custom than a store-bought one but will be much less expensive than paying a landscaper to build one.

Project Cost: Less than $100.

Time Needed: Half a day.

Level of Easiness: Like picking one flavor of ice cream from Baskin Robbins, some planning is required.

4. Pressure Wash Your Home

Cleaning your house’s siding, gutters, and wooden deck can be a beast of a project involving sore backs and hours of slow-moving work. With a pressure washer, you can finish a weekend-long project in a few short hours. Rent, buy or borrow an electric pressure washer. And with the push of a button, you can spray off any built-up dirt and mud. Your home will look new again without any painting, sanding, or digging required.

Project Cost: You can buy one for as little as $100, or rent one for as little as $28.

Time Needed: A few hours.

Level of Easiness: If you can push a button, you’re golden.

5. Deep Clean Your Carpets

Hiring a professional to clean your carpets can cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s no fun scrubbing your carpets all day long to remove stains and odors. You probably already have a number of cheap products in your pantry that work as excellent carpet cleaners. To eliminate odors, wipe up any excess liquid with rags or paper towels, sprinkle a big handful of baking soda over the area, then pour a mixture of 1/2 c. hydrogen peroxide and 1 t dish soap over the baking soda. Gently scrub with a scrub brush or rag, let sit for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum to absorb the remaining moisture. For stains, use a mixture of white vinegar, water, and dish soap and soak on the stain for ten minutes before wiping up. For stubborn stains, repeat.

Project Cost: Less than $10.

Time Needed: Less than an hour.

Level of Easiness: As easy as, well, vacuuming.

You don’t need to waste the next month cleaning and sprucing up your home. Focus on a few small, simple, and inexpensive projects that can make your home cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable.

Will you or did you try one of these projects? Comment below with what projects you’re tackling and how the results turn out. If you found this list useful, be sure to share it with your friends!

Krystal Rogers-Nelson is a Utah native, writer, artist and mother of one rambunctious toddler. She can be contacted at krystal.rogersnelson@gmail.com

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