Spring Clean Your Life
When spring comes around after a long winter, the messiness and clutter in our lives seems to be more obvious. When the flowers start to bloom and the grass starts to grow, we are given an amazing opportunity to make our own changes in our lives. Like the flowers, we are given the chance to restart and grow. This spring, do a little spring cleaning. While the meaning of spring cleaning is to deep-clean a house or room, it means much more to me. While cleaning a house or room is a great idea, there are many other areas in our lives we can “spring clean”. The following list includes just a few amazing things to “spring clean” in your own lives. Happy cleaning!
Bedroom: your closet
A bedroom is a very important place in our lives. It is where we spend a good amount of our time, and a place where a lot of us go to relax and unwind. Bedrooms, however, are also a great place for messes. Dirty clothes, piles of shoes, a messy and unfolded bed, dishes, etc. The bedroom can be a storage room for junk if we let it get that bad (and trust me; I have let it get that bad plenty of times). This spring, find a day dedicated to your bedroom. Start early in the morning and of course with some coffee!
First and often the most daunting: your closet. Start with your closet or wherever you keep your cloths. Take every single piece of clothing out and ask yourself these questions:
- Have I worn this within the past month?
- Does it fit the way I want it to and make me feel confident/happy to wear?
- Do I really want to keep this?
If you answered no to any of these questions, then it’s time to throw it out! Yes, I know, you have had that sweater forever. But if you aren’t wearing it and it isn’t bringing you joy, then why keep it around? Throw it out! Or better yet, donate it to someone who will actually wear it and find better use in it. Don’t think of it as throwing away something good. Think of it as giving it away to make room for something better!
Here is the list I followed while spring cleaning my cloths. I decided to throw away/donate the following:
- 4 shirts
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 5 T-shirts
- Throw away all socks with holes in them
- 1 pair of shoes
- Any and all bras/undies that don’t fit perfectly (they should always fit perfectly)
Done! It seems like a lot, but I can assure you I haven’t missed one thing I’ve gotten rid of! The way I see it is making room for new cloths that I will actually wear and enjoy. Happiness is enjoying what you have, so make more room for things that make you happy!
Bedroom: your belongings
I don’t know about your bedroom in specific, but I know my bedroom is home to hundreds of random things. Books, lotions, makeup, decor, pillows, and much more. One of the best things about spring cleaning is that you find things you forgot you even had!
Here is the list I followed while spring cleaning my belongings:
- If it’s more than a year old, throw it away. Make-up does go bad!
- If you haven’t worn/used it in more than two months, throw it away.
- If it’s more than a year old, throw it away.
- If you never use it, throw it away! I’ve bought plenty of lotions that I thought I would like, but I didn’t. They had a permanent home in my drawer, so I finally threw them away. Just do it.
- Fill up one trash bag full of trash. This can include:
- Old papers/notes you no longer need
- Actual trash
- Makeup, lotions, bottles
- Clothes you can’t recycle
It may seem difficult, but trust me. You will fill up a trash bag. I cleaned my room and filled up 3 trash bags! If you don’t use it, throw it away. You don’t need to make your life more cluttered than it has to be.
The next thing you need to spring clean is your relationship life! The relationships we have with people play a huge role in who we are as individuals. They say you are most like your closest three friends, and from personal experience, I find this to be true. This is the hardest thing to spring clean, but the most rewarding. Understand and really think about the next two categories and figure out if you need to do some spring cleaning of your own.
Friends can be both new and old, but each just as important. You want to make sure you surround yourself with people who inspire you to be better, not worse. Sometimes this means making some changes. As hard as it is, we have to think of ourselves first. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you need to spring clean your friendships:
- Do they make me more happy than sad?
- Can I trust them to be there for me when I am there for them?
- Do they positively impact my life?
- Would my quality of life improve without them?
These questions may be hard to answer, but they are important. It is hard to admit sometimes, especially if these friends have been your friend for a long time. As I mentioned, though, the people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on who you are. Make sure you are not in any toxic friendships, and if you are, do some spring cleaning.
Relationships are also very important in determining who you are. I won’t go on about this because I hope you already know these things, but never remain in a toxic relationship. Nothing can damage you more mentally and emotionally than a toxic relationship. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you need to spring clean your relationship:
- Does my significant other make me more happy than sad?
- Do I feel respected and appreciated by my significant other?
- Is my significant other benefiting my life and my future?
- Is my significant other loyal to me and this relationship?
I would hope you answered yes to all of these questions. And if you answered no, I strongly recommend doing some spring cleaning. You deserve to be in a healthy and happy relationship, and anything less than that can be damaging to you. I know it may be hard to even consider ending a toxic relationship, but everyone deserves to be happy!
I hope all of these things help you to spring clean your life. I just did this, and my life has honestly improved in so many ways. When you do good things for yourself, good things will happen to you! Be honest with yourself and get rid of anything that is not benefiting you anymore. Whether that be clothes or people, spring clean your life. Thank you readers, and don’t forget to smile!