Your spring cleaning checklist

March 20th marked the official first day of spring. It's time to refresh your home—and your finances—with these helpful, achievable tips.

Freshen up your space

Are you motivated to clean your home, but not sure where to begin? Here are 30 days of tips, from vacuuming your mattress to prepping your patio furniture.

Ditch the clutter

Clothes, housewares, toys—it's amazing how quickly our "stuff" accumulates. Consider donating to your local charity. Or make some extra cash by hosting a (successful!) garage sale.

Create a maintenance plan

Make your cleaning and decluttering efforts last beyond spring. This seasonal checklist can help keep your house running like a well-oiled machine year-round.

Shred and digitize documents

Now's a great time to get your financial house in order, too. Tackle your document piles (and learn what to keep, shred, or toss) with these 13 smart ways to spring clean your finances.

Review your credit report

It's important to regularly review your credit report to see where you stand. All credit bureaus are required to provide an annual free copy of your report. Request your free copy (from the only website authorized by the federal government).

Check in on your spending

It's easy to get into a routine and lose track of how much you're spending. Take some time to review your habits—and make some adjustments with these 14 easy ways to save money this spring.

Revisit your budget

Once you have an idea of how much you're spending, the next step is to revise your budget. Don't have one? Follow these 8 steps for starting a budget.

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