Today is April 15, meaning we are well into spring. As I get further into Spring Break, and the end of the semester looms, I’m thinking about spring-cleaning. In January, people usually make a list of resolutions, and by spring, people make lists…to-do lists. The lists typically involve areas of the person’s life that are in need of an overhaul. Some people prefer to ignore spring-cleaning because they’re too busy, or they feel like they don’t need to do any major cleaning, it just depends on the person I guess. Sometimes, though, giving your physical and mental life a good cleaning is just what you need to have a fantastic summer.
I’m definitely one of those people who create one of the “Spring Cleaning To-Do Lists,” and I wanted to share some ideas of the best things to clean, and the best way to clean out any unnecessary clutter from your life!
1) Clean out drawers, bookcases, etc. I know that over the course of a year, I tend to accumulate a lot of junk in various drawers, my bookcases get too full, and I store things in really unusual places. By going through drawers, I can get rid of a lot of unneeded papers, brochures, junk mail, and more. Also, I love my books, but sometimes by going through and organizing your bookshelves, and giving away books you’ve already read a few times, you have more room for new reads.
2) Social media overhaul. Go through all social media accounts and delete, un-follow, whatever people you really don’t interact with anymore or whose posts you skip over every time. I know that I tend to un-follow or de-friend people who I don’t talk to for actual reasons. I get the falling out of touch thing, and if you’re still interested in their stuff it’s totally fine to keep a social media relationship with the person, but if you had a major falling out of some kind (think exes and the like), you probably shouldn’t follow them on social media because it’ll just remind you that you two no longer talk.
3) Clothing! Make room for new spring clothing by going through your closet. If you haven’t worn a piece in over a month, and don’t see yourself wearing it in the next week, it should go. Put all your discarded items in bags, and take them to your local Salvation Army. Also, put all winter clothes away and put spring and summer clothes front and center in your closet. Getting rid of clothing can be so therapeutic, it sounds weird, but it’s true. Getting rid of clothing that is no longer you and mixing up the pieces you’re wearing can really make people feel better about themselves.
4) Contacts in your phone. Make sure you don’t have any doubles of contacts, add last names, and delete people you haven’t called in years. I’m not all about deleting contacts because you may need someone’s number, but if you don’t plan on talking to the person, get rid of their number, you don’t need it.
5) Apps on your phone. Organize, de-clutter. Put in folders if you want, delete apps you never use!
6) Jewelry and makeup. I have tons of jewelry and makeup I never wear or use anymore, and its usually the first thing I go through when I start my spring cleaning because it takes up a lot of room, even if it doesn’t seem like it!
7) Really clean your dorm room or house. We all give everything a general cleaning throughout the year, but spring is the time to get rid of all dust, dirt, and grime that’s collected through fall and winter! Get in there with your serious cleaning tools, and get everything clean. Have water stains? Use a lemon! No more excuses, start cleaning.
8) Workout. Spring means swimsuit season is coming, so start removing the “winter coat,” if you know what I mean. Sometimes the best way to get ready for spring is by cleaning out your fridge, and revamping your health.
What’s your idea of spring-cleaning?