Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung in calendar standards but according to Mother Nature, some places in the United States are a little more springy than others! Regardless, Spring cleaning in any form is a must for most people when Spring rolls around. It gives people a sense of accomplishment seeing old things collected to leave while making room for new things, as well as a renewed physical and mental freshness that only a good Spring cleaning can bring!

As you can see from the picture above, I tackled a little Spring cleaning myself; a wardrobe cleaning, which was incredibly (and sadly) way overdue. I haven't gone through my closet or dresser in nearly 3 to 4 years! I even found a shirt from my Junior year in high school, which has to have been nearly 6 or so years ago.

Despite what type of Spring cleaning you're planning on doing in the coming weeks, here are a few tips and tricks I've come across and found quite helpful:

  • 6 Month Rule-The beauty of this rule is it can be applied to pretty much anything! Have you worn that shirt or those pants in the last 6 months? Have you used that Tupperware to store anything in the last 6 months? Did you buy a new gadget 6 months ago that you haven't opened, let alone used yet? GET RID OF IT! Chances are if you haven't worn it, used it, or opened it within the last 6 months, you won't within the next 6 months.
  • Turn on the Tunes-Nothings kicks someone's rear into gear better than some Spring cleaning tunes blasting from somewhere nearby! Like a good workout, music can be an excellent motivator, pushing you to feel that determination to get the job done right. So crank up that volume, pop in your favorite upbeat get-on-your-feet song and have at it!
  • Would You Rather-No, I'm not talking about the party game where I make you choose between outrageous scenarios you'll probably never be faced with. I'm talking about going through your possessions and asking yourself, would you rather have this knick knack you have no idea where you got that's been sitting and collection dust for years, or would you rather go on a vacation, pay off a bill, or at the very least treat yourself to a nice lunch? If your answer was the latter, try to sell it and put that money towards what you REALLY want.
  • Spring Cleaning Party-While Spring cleaning can be a chore to some, make it fun! Throw a Spring cleaning party and invite a few friends over. Promise to help them clean out if they help you clean out (fair is fair after all). I've noticed friends or family make you accountable for what you decide to keep and what you decide to get rid of and really help you reason through why you absolutely need don't need that two year old t-shirt that doesn't fit anymore.
  • Fresh Air-One of the more simple things you can do to help the Spring cleaning process along: crank open all the windows and let that fresh air flow free! After a whole Winter being tightly sealed, your house needs to air out and so do you; fresh air is good for the body, mind, and soul and will help you feel refreshed, which in turn will help motivate you.

Have YOU done any Spring cleaning yet? Do you have any other tips to add to the list?


Unknown said...

That is nice! I have done "that" cleaning (clothes, that is) last year and gave away all the clothes that were too small.....now I'm finding some that are too large LOL

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

Love these tips!

I have actually been doing a lot of Spring cleaning! It feels SO good to freshen everything up from top to bottom :)