Spring is just around the corner, y’all. Amidst enjoying perfect weather and gorgeous blooms, it’s time to get organized and freshen up our lives.
Getting a head start on your Spring Cleaning will be a blessing – take it from me. This weekend, my mom came to visit me and helped me revamp my apartment. It seriously looks like a brand new place.
While it took some heart work and left us both a little exhausted, I am SO happy it got done. My books are better organized than ever and a lot of space has been freed up in my apartment (well, except for my closet).
I did some deep cleaning before she arrived, but I still have a few things that I want to focus on this upcoming week. And they’re things we can all do to declutter, organize, and freshen up our homes – and lives.
Get Rid of Things You No Longer Need. It can be so hard to get rid of things at times – even the smallest of memories make it something necessary to keep. But if you do that with everything, you’re just going to end up with a pile of random stuff taking up space in your room and probably turning into a bug’s haunting ground. Go through your belongings and really focus on things you need to keep. If you haven’t used it in a while, throw it out or donate it. This doesn’t mean that you can’t keep unnecessary items. Just don’t become a hoarder.
Dust Everything. Did you know that your home gets an average of 40 pounds of dust annually? That’s a lot of freakin’ dust. It’s good to dust regularly, but take the time to get places that you never reach – the top of shelves, ceiling fans and light fixtures, vents, door frames, baseboards, etc. Remember to go from top to bottom, since everything falls downward.
Buy Good Pieces for Storage. Bookshelves, bins, or other organizers – it’s important to have a place for everything. And for everything to fit. I have had two mismatched bookshelves in my room for over a year and was double-stacking books because there wasn’t enough room. I finally got the chance to change this when I won a giveaway on Instagram with J’Adore Lexie Couture (she’s amazing – check out her blog!) and Hayneedle.com. I now have three 6-foot tall bookcases that gave my apartment a sleek look and actually fit my large collection of books. Additionally, I got a gorgeous new mirror that doubles as a jewelry case – can I say best of both worlds? Honestly, winning that giveaway was one of the best things to have happened to me. It’s really changed the look of my apartment – as I told my mother, it looks like an adult lives here now.
This being said, I still have things to do storage-wise. Old things that I don’t want out but don’t want to get rid of will be put into bins and placed in my closet. Makeup will be changed from four different bags to hopefully one large case. Consolidate and free up space where you can.
Rearrange. What better way to mix up the energies in your home than to rearrange and give everything a fresh look? This I have already done – but I just wanted to emphasize how it can help. I think you’ll be surprised at how you can free up space or just give your room a new feel by turning the bed a different way or moving a bookcase around.
Let in Some Fresh Air. Or at least work on clearing up ventilation. As mentioned previously, dust your vents to ensure that the air can flow. Purchase an indoor plant that can help improve air quality. And, if you’re like me, just open up the windows and enjoy some fresh air for a few hours while you focus on cleaning.
Out with the old, in with the new. Spring Cleaning has never been more fun for me than it has been this year. I’m enjoying this new start to my apartment and I feel happier knowing that everything is organized and clean.
Do you have any grand plans for Spring Cleaning, dear reader? Please share tips or stories below – we’d love to hear and learn from you!