I love spring cleaning, except that I don’t do it in the spring, I do it during summer or early fall. About every six months when I change my wardrobe summer/winter, I like to examine any extra stuff I’ve accumulated that needs to be tossed out or donated.
As a woman, I naturally have too many clothes. I love coming back from Goodwill with a nice haul and then sifting out the clothes I don’t intend to wear again.
A couple of years ago I read an amazing book called: Throw out 50 Things by Gail Blanke. Read it and follow the instructions. It’s life changing!
Some of the things I’ve done recently have made a huge difference.
- Get rid of unused or REALLY expired make-up
- Toss old nail polish or colors I never use
- Reduce book/cd/dvd collections. Am I ever going to read/listen/watch this again?
- Cull your wardrobe, replace icky socks
Then I start to go around the house clear out different places.
- Why do I have 163 pens?
- Why do I have 14 highlighters?
- When have I ever used white-out?
- Do I really need 3 portable chargers?
- Why am I finding stickers in 8 different places?
Those are questions I ask myself when cleaning around my desk.
The kitchen is easy.
- Toss expired or stale food
- Wipe down the refrigerator
- Discard expired coupons, rearrange refrigerator art
- Sort through and organize cupboards
- Do the dishes, make a mental note to buy more spoons
I also have to keep the files on my computer tidy or else I go crazy.
- Unfriend or unfollow people online you don’t don’t or don’t want to keep knowing
- Sort through your inbox until it has zero e-mails
- Unsubscribe from restaurant/store newsletters
- Switch to paperless billing
- Sort through pictures and delete duplicates
- BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER!
These are just some of the many ways to clean your home and make it a more relaxing environment. Go the extra mile and detail clean your computer keyboard, mouse and chair. Wash the pet beds. Run a vacuum across the house (it’s surprisingly good cardio!) Don’t do too much if you don’t have the energy. Make a list! I love lists! Then you can scratch off the tasks you’ve done and you won’t forget what to do next.