Spring has officially sprung! It’s the time for new beginnings, fresh life, and my personal fav: warmer weather. Spring is the ideal time for cleansing so what better way to start this season by spring cleaning your home life?
If you’re not sure where to start, it’s okay, you’re not alone. Knowing where to start or how to tackle large areas can be the hardest part. The idea of spring cleaning and getting organized can be daunting, but with a little guidance, you can freshen up your life and start this season out on the right foot.
Before you jump right in, I recommend writing out a list of items that you want to tackle. The list should include the to-do’s that will have the biggest impact on you; you can always add or adjust later on. Start with the number one area that needs attention. For me it was my closet. Remember, don’t set unrealistic expectations, keep it simple and expand from there!
START WITH YOUR CLOSET
Before you start packing away all your winter clothes, grab a couple storage bins and cardboard boxes. While you go through your winter clothes, honestly ask yourself if you really want to keep (or will actually wear) EACH item next winter. If they are a winter keep, place in a plastic bin for storage. If its something you are ready to get rid of, throw it into a cardboard box.
Once you have gone through all of your clothes, place the bins into storage and the cardboard boxes can be given away or taken to a second hand store. I love to take this opportunity to donate my clothes to a women’s shelter or non-profit that accepts gently used clothes.
Repeat this same process for your shoes and dresser drawers. Once you get going, you will find a rhythm and you will be done before you know it.
CLEAN YOUR CAR
I am guilty of forgetting this one until I suddenly find my car filled with more items than I have in my closet. Okay, it’s not that bad but you get what I am saying! Start on the outside and work your way in.
Wash the outside, then vacuum the floors, seats, and floormats. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your windshield and windows, they can get really dirty and you will be amazed how much better you can see once they are clean. Finish off with cleaning the dashboard and steering wheel. Your car, and your passengers will thank you!
TACKLE THAT INBOX
Your inbox can be one of the most cluttered areas in your life so lets jump right in. Best place to start is by creating a number of folders in which your emails will be sorted. A few examples to get you started: Bills, Coupons, Receipts, Statements, Work, etc.
After you have created your folders, start to going through your inbox and sort each message to their proper homes. Pro Tip: search for key words to pull up certain emails (I could search for Target to pull up online purchases and filter those into receipts). Delete any messages you don’t need and unsubscribe from all of those noisy newsletters you normally delete.
BATHROOM CLOSETS & DRAWERS
This is another one that can be easily overlooked with all the other to-do’s on your list. Take this time to throw away any expired medications or expired sunscreen (yes, it does expire and you should follow those expo dates very closely). Sort through your makeup and be sure to throw away anything past the standard makeup lifespan.
You will be amazed at how much you can accumulate in one year. Have more travel sized toiletries than you know what to do with? Create a little basket of toiletries to put in your guest bathroom for your friends or family to use when they come and stay!
RECOMMIT TO YOUR GOALS
Did you have a New Years Resolution for 2018, and if so are you reaching your goal? Or if you didn’t set a specific goal, what have been some of your priorities as of late? No better time than now to set yourself up for success by creating a goal or two for the year. Remember that goals don’t have to be anything extreme, they can be as simple as remembering to take your vitamins every day!
Sure we are only a few months into the year but there is nothing wrong with changing your goals up. Didn’t meet that daily goal or working out? No problem! Instead of being hard on yourself, adjust your goal to something better in line with your schedule and recommit yourself to accomplishing it. A lot can change in a few months and spring is a perfect time to reevaluate your goals, so take some time to align your goals with what makes the most sense for you at this specific time.
CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES
Lastly but most importantly: you kick ass. Seriously. Stop and think about how much you can accomplish in a day, week, or month. I think it has become the norm for us to be really hard on ourselves if we didn’t get everything done that we set out to do in a day but if you actually realize how much you can accomplish, it’s crazy!
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day that suddenly a week has gone by and we have forgotten all the steps we have taken to get us where we are. It is ok to treat yourself to a break every once in awhile, or enjoy a second glass of wine after a crazy day. Remember to stop and celebrate your personal victories this year, big or small, you deserve it!
I hope you all found these tips and ideas helpful as you jump into spring. I would love to hear what you do to start fresh in the spring so please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!