How to Clean Your Furniture and Make Sure Your Charity Donation is Well Received

How to Clean Your Furniture and Make Sure Your Charity Donation is Well Received

When it comes to donating your used furniture, you have a couple of options. You can give it directly to someone in need, or you can get a tax deduction by giving it to a charity. Depending on which route you take, your furniture might be seen as an oversized chair or an invaluable antique. Either way, these simple tips will help keep your used furniture in tip-top shape and ensure that the charity of your choice can accept your donation with open arms. Let’s face it: even if you’re not particularly messy, over time dust and dirt accumulate almost everywhere. Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the appearance of our home and keeping allergens at bay. Whether you rent an apartment or own a house, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your space without spending too much money. With these tips, even the smallest apartment can feel like home.

Lighten Up With Bright Paint

The most important part of any home makeover is the paint color. You can update a room and completely change the feeling just by changing the color of the walls. It’s much cheaper than replacing the flooring, buying new furniture, and buying new curtains. So before you start tackling other cleaning tips, be sure to write down the color of your current paint. Then, go to a paint store and get a few paint chips done in different colors. If you’re renting an apartment, you don’t want to change the color of the walls without permission. But it’s a good idea to find out what color your landlord prefers (it’s usually best to stay neutral). Once you know what you can do, find a nice bright color and paint a wall (not the entire room). This way, you can see if you like it better and what the color does to the whole space.

Tackle Dust With a Swiffer

One of the worst parts about cleaning is dealing with all the dust that accumulates everywhere. You can use a vacuum or a duster, but there are also a few alternatives to help cut down on dust. Eliminating dust is essential for keeping allergies away. If you have allergies or asthma, you should try to keep your home as dust-free as possible. You should also clean like you have allergies because it’s not just people with allergies who suffer. Dust can cause other problems such as asthma, allergies, and even sinus infections. If you have a small child or pet in the house, you’ll want to hit the floor with a Swiffer Sweeper once a week. If you have mostly hardwood or tile, you can use a Swiffer Duster once a month. If you have a carpet, you’ll want to swap out the Swiffer for a vacuum.

Go From Dark to Light With Trim

Whether you’re moving into a new space or just want to freshen up the look of your current home, adding lighter-colored trim can help brighten things up. Most of your home’s trim (like baseboards, curtain rods, and window frames) is usually painted the same color as the walls. When you change the color of the wall, you should also change the color of the trim to create a balanced look. Trim paint needs to go on last, so make sure you’re ordering enough paint to cover everything. If you’re repainting an entire wall, you can grab some touch-up paint.

Mop Your Floor and Change the Drapes

Depending on the materials of your flooring and drapes, you might want to vacuum or steam clean them. But if you’re short on time and don’t want to spend money on an expensive cleaning service, there are a few things you can do. Drapes and curtains can get dusty, so it’s best to vacuum them once a month. You can use a handheld vacuum to clean your drapes and a canister vacuum to clean your floor. To clean your floor, you can use a Swiffer Sweeper for hardwood, tile, and vinyl. For carpets, you might want to use a vacuum that has a rotating brush.

Freshen Up With Scents and Soy

If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily freshen up your home with a few scents. You can place scented soy candles around the house, like vanilla or lemon. Alternatively, you can spray vanilla-scented oil in the air. For your furniture, you can place natural scents on a small dish filled with water, such as dried orange peels or cinnamon sticks.

Conclusion

When it comes to maintaining your furniture and home, simple cleaning habits can have big results. Following these tips will help you keep your home clean and fresh so that it feels comfortable for you and your family. And when it comes time to donate your used furniture, these tips will also help you make sure it’s in pristine condition so that your charity of choice can benefit from your donation.

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