You’ve heard of the term spring cleaning, right?
When most think of spring cleaning, the first thought that comes to mind is the hours of long, hard work cleaning your house to get it ready for the springtime. However, although this may be the original way to “spring clean,” there are many other ways to get yourself and your surroundings ready for when the season arrives.
Since spring is (almost) here, I thought I would share with you some other tips that are helpful in doing this. I’ve put them to good use over the past few weeks and I hope you find them useful too!
- Clearing Up Your Phone – In this generation, our phone is like another part of us. We never leave home without it, we are constantly capturing life around us on it, you name it. What better way to clear your life of clutter than to clear up unused or unwanted things on your phone? For me, this started with my camera roll. Everyone has 50 different versions of the same picture on their phone and 49 that they “swear they’re going to delete” but never do. (Yes, this goes for selfies… But if I know everyone too well, there’s probably 200 of the same version, then, before you get “the one”) (Don’t @ me). Or, there are plenty of screenshots of funny tweets or that one argument you had with your significant other that you just HAD to share with one of your best friends. Start by deleting these! What good is a screenshot of a funny tweet doing in your camera roll now that you’ve sent it? Excess pictures, screenshots and whatever else is in there should be deleted! Start by picking out your one or two favorites of the 50 photos and delete the others. I promise that not only will your camera roll look a lot neater, but it will also clear up storage. More room for more pictures!
- Wash Your Bedding – I don’t know about you but there is nothing more rewarding than crawling into a bed of freshly washed sheets after a long day. Although you are supposed to wash your bedding frequently, often many people don’t. According to an article I found in the Huffington Post (linked here), on average, you are supposed to wash your sheets every 1-2 weeks. With spring comes colds, sickness and allergies as everything is melting outside so keeping your bedding clean is a great way to prepare!
- Pack Away Winter Clothing – So this past weekend, I made the trek home for Easter. Although I brought home more than expected and totally overpacked (like I always do), I brought home a bag full of my winter sweaters and boots. And let me tell you, best decision EVER. Not only will this make moving out in a month just a tad bit easier, it is so nice just knowing that I won’t be needing any of that stuff anymore! opening my closet every morning and seeing heavy, warm sweaters and big boots depressed my mood and made it feel as if spring was never going to arrive (and if you live in Wisconsin, you feel my pain). Now that it is finally getting warm out, I can safely (hopefully) say that I am at peace knowing my parka, Sorels, L.L. Bean boots and sweaters now reside in the back of my closet at home.
- Change Up Your Routine – Okay so I know that I have talked about this in the past but I’m going to bring it up again just because it is so important to do! Spring brings new life and new attitudes and gives everyone the refresher and the boost they need to make it through the rest of the school year (or makes it more difficult since everyone wants to be outside… you decide). This routine change can simply being working out more (or just changing your workout routine), trying new products, changing up your wardrobe, eating healthier, you name it! The more often you do this, the less likely you are to fall into a rut (aka, feeling like your life is boring at that you do the same ole’ thing everyday). And I know this is easier said than done, especially for college students considering school overcomes our lives, but just taking time to enjoy the fresh spring air and trying something new will help your life tremendously.
I could go on and on about the multiple things you can do to “spring clean” your life and prepare for the new season, but these are the few that I found to be the most important and helpful! I hope that these help clear your headspace as well as the space around you as they have for me. Happy Spring!