Spring cleaning is something I take seriously, and engage in fully at or around this time of year, after the holidays have died down and before the warm weather, spring holidays, birthdays and trips really kick off. While I tend to be one to throw out, repurpose, recycle or donate uneeded or unwanted itmes fairly regularly, things (papers in my catch-all, files on my computer, unused household items, unworn clothes) take up space quickly and really seem to creep up on me if I don’t engage in a total purge at least once a year.
Cleaning your home and surroundings is important for keeping a clean and sound mind. Uncovering old, unused things, getting rid of clutter, putting to good use something that you don’t need but that someone else can use — these have a calming effect; it’s good for your spirit. Put sellable items up for sale on Craig’s List or Ebay – and get CASH for them! Save this cash to get something you have been looking forward to treating yourself with, such as a vacation, a dinner at a loved restaurant, or a new (fill in the blank with your item of choice!)
Spring cleaning is also a nice time to find things that you may have stored and forgotten about (out of sight, out of mind, right?) and bring them out and to life in your daily existence. A loved duvet cover. A throw pillow. A vase or pencil holder for your desk.
Follow these suggested cleaning areas for a successful Spring cleaning of your own. They seem obvious, yes, but you’d be surprised what you can forget about and how overwhelming this overhaul can become!
- Do a general sweep of your house across all visible areas.
- Empty your pantry of unused items (toss those whose expirations dates have passed, and use what you have if they are soon to expire!)
- Closet – clothes and shoes! Donate the unused to goodwill.
- Linen Closet
- Medicine cabinet and toiletries – expired anything needs to go, unused beauty products should be tossed if older than 1 year!
And my final wisdom: There is no such thing as a junk drawer! I abide by this rule, and it helps me keep everything running smoothly. Everything has a place, and if it doesn’t, then guess what? You don’t need it!
Carve out time to clean your surroundings this spring. Try it out, and you will see how good it feels!