I am finding one of the most rewarding projects is free... cleaning. It is not my favorite part of putting the house together but it makes things oh so nice. This photo is from cleaning the rocks around the fireplace. Yuck!
Cleaning can save a lot of money. We thought we needed to replace the carpet in the basement when we moved in. However, we couldn't afford it. So, we decided to clean all the carpets so at least we knew they were ok for the kids to play on. Between spot cleaning and the machine they cleaned up pretty well, saving us a lot of money.