Spring is in the air!
Spring is about revitalizing. Zen spring cleaning is about creating a space where you can feel reinvigorated.
Clutter causes unnecessary stress by distracting us and making us anxious.
Who needs that?
Think you don’t have time for spring cleaning? Think again.
This is a scrub free zone; zen spring cleaning is all about the easy task of removing clutter.
Decluttering can give you peace of mind, so make a commitment to do at least one of these fixes. And remember to comment below with your zen spring cleaning tip.
These quick fixes can be done in under an hour.
1. Living room (15 minutes)
- Ditch old throw pillows or old blankets. Yes, they’re like old friends, but if they’re fraying or ratty, it’s time to kick them to the curb.
- Weed out DVDs you’re never going to watch again (like those old Grey’s Anatomy seasons that broke your heart) or those books that you swore you were going to read for the last few years. (Yes, it’s time to part with those.) You can sell them at the local DVD or used book shop. Or you can give them to a friend.
- Reevaluate your knick knack situation. If you’re keeping an old bobble an ex gave you, take it to the trash. It’s just collecting dust.
2. Closet (15 minutes)
- Rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re never going to wear it. Yes, that means that bright turquoise dress that fits so well on you, yet you can’t find a single place to wear it.
- Purge your closet of all old bedsheets too while you’re at it. It’s never fun to sleep in old ratty sheets. (The ASPCA loves to receive old sheets and towels to make beds for shelter animals.)
3. Jewelry box (5 minutes)
- Throw out single earrings that have lost their mate. I know it’s hard. In a year, you may come across its friend in an old yoga bag or under a couch cushion. But if your earring has been sitting in that box all by its lonesome for over a year, it’s time to put it to rest.
- Ditch pieces you no longer love or that are irreparably tarnished. You know you’re never going to wear them again.
4. Kitchen (5 minutes)
Have chipped dishes? Or maybe you have chipped silverware that was harmed in the great garbage disposal disaster of 2015. Not only are chipped dishes unsightly, but they can harbor bacteria. The chips may even be sharp enough to cut you. Remove all chipped dishes, bowls, cups, and spoons, and you can rest easy.
5. Bathroom (10 minutes)
- How long have you had that mascara? We’re only supposed to keep mascara for about 3 months. Other items like powders and lip gloss can keep for up to 2 years.
- Empty your drawers of any random items you aren’t going to use. You know, that leave in conditioner that you don’t really like but you may want to use in the future. That old nail polish that you used to wear all the time but now it’s a little too gooey to use. You’re never going to use them. Rid yourself of the clutter once and for all.
6. The Dreaded Garage (time flows differently in hell dimensions)
If you’re feeling super spunky about spring cleaning, then don’t forget this repository of old gardening items and boxes of who knows what. Pull down those old boxes, see what’s inside, and label accordingly, so you never have to touch them again. Then take all the stuff you’re never going to use to the Salvation Army.
It feels good to lighten your load by getting rid of the baggage we accumulate in our lifetime. After all, you can’t take it with you.
What’s your share worthy quick tip for perking up your home? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. If you need a little daily zen, click here for 10 Quick Mental Tricks to Reduce Stress Instantly. We all need a little more chill in our day, right?