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Save a few bucks by outsourcing your spring cleaning

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

NEW YORK – Spring cleaning can make a home feel like new, but let's face it, it's a pain. It's possible to outsource some of that work without being a millionaire. If you're willing to spend a few bucks to save on the elbow grease, here are some options to consider:

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, the granddaddy of online service listings. Another place to look is TaskRabbit, a company started in 2010 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.

And don't be shy in raiding your own family for help, says Atlanta-based organizational expert Monica Ricci.

“Lots of moms forget they have a built-in spring cleaning task force right at home,” she says. “Assign specific spring cleaning tasks to your kids in age-appropriate ways.”

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 who might have a low-cost cleaning service themselves.

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.

Furniture pickup

One of the most backbreaking spring cleaning tasks, getting rid of old furniture, can actually be done for free. As long as you're willing to donate old furniture to second-hand stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, then these stores usually make house calls for items that are hard to transport. Call your local second-hand shop to see if they offer this service.