Written by Allie Speers
So, as some of you may know, spring has sprung officially as of March 20th! What a glorious day! As the light finally gets bright enough to stream through the blinds, the days get longer, and being inside seems blasphemous, I start to notice the grime that has collected through the winter months. Maybe it’s the darkness associated with winter that makes me blind to this, but once the sun hits, my living space begs me for a deep clean.
Let me start by saying that generally I keep a pretty clean house. I vacuum weekly, dust, windex, wipe down, clean bathrooms, etc… You know the drill. But there is always more to do, and the beginning of spring is a great time to get some of the bigger more annual jobs out of the way. I’ve compiled a list of a few things you may want to consider getting done in the spirit of spring, to keep your life more sparkly and organized!
Go through your closet/dresser. Out with the old, and in with the new! This is your opportunity to put some of the heavier winter wear away, and opt for some springier stuff. Also consider donating or ditching some of your clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. Cut ties with stuff that doesn’t fit properly, and anything you haven’t worn within the past 3-6 months (seasonally dependent). Consignment is also a great option for some of your higher end stuff. A lot of stores will give you 40% of whatever they sell your pieces for, and this can seriously help fund a shopping spree!
Do some deep cleaning. Scrub your kitchen cabinet doors, wipe down your baseboards, clear the cobwebs near the ceiling, get that tiny vacuum attachment and get all the small spots on your rug that you may miss normally. Have your carpets shampooed (having a professional do this is actually very reasonably priced, but do your research and get a few quotes), clear your ducts, and do some yard work. Don’t kill yourself here, but pick one or two big jobs and get them done – you’ll be very happy you did.
Purge. Go through basically anywhere that you collect stuff. Whether it’s your closet (we talked about this already), a bookshelf, a storage unit, cupboards or a pantry, a basement or garage – pretty much ANYWHERE, and GET RID OF STUFF. As difficult as it is, decluttering your life has been shown time and time again to improve people’s quality of life. Be tough with yourself and get rid of stuff you haven’t used in a while, and stuff you don’t see yourself reasonably using in the near future. Keep in mind that a lot of the stuff we hold onto we can borrow from someone else! Have some fun with it by having a garage sale, donating it, or trading it for stuff you actually DO need. You will feel so much better after you do.
Empty your fridge, throw out all the old food past expiry, and the nearly finished condiment bottles. Pull EVERYTHING out, and wipe down the interior with warm soapy water. Consider putting an open container of baking soda in the back to keep it fresh, and even laying saran wrap over your shelves for easy spill cleanup.
Spring clean your electronic self! How often do we complain that our devices are slow, hard to navigate, or overflowing with ancient documents? Take some time and clear away the virtual cobwebs. Run a virus scan, uninstall some programs you don’t use anymore, empty your trash, and speed things up a little bit. Dump those old documents you keep telling yourself you may need some day… you won’t, so pitch ‘em. Same goes for photos on your phone, pick the one selfie gem out of the 25 to save, and get rid of the rest! No more pesky “storage almost full” notifications – you’re welcome!
Definitely take your time when tackling these five steps. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, maybe take one step a weekend, and repeat, until you have decluttered your life and gained some mental clarity. Be tough and honest when you’re clearing stuff out, but hold onto the stuff that has true sentimental value – you can’t replace those things.