I think at this point we can all agree that everyone has a general idea of what a spring cleaning list should look like. However, we often think of spring cleaning as something that’s exclusive to our homes, but I’m here to tell you that’s not true. In this post I’ve come up with 10 things every girl should have on her spring cleaning list (that don’t have to do with your home!).
I like to use spring cleaning as motivation to clean up my life. Spring is a symbol of a fresh start, one that catapults you into the rest of the year. Snow melts, flowers bloom, and the air becomes warm and breezy. It’s only natural to want to do a deep clean and clear out everything that’s been weighing you down over the winter.
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First Things First – Get in the Mood
One super important thing that needs to happen before any spring cleaning is accomplished is to get in the mood. Pump yourself up! Write out a list of all the things you need to clean and organize, make a playlist, and get going! Some super helpful tips I use to get my spring cleaning juices flowing are:
1. Write a list (including all the things I’m about to tell you about below)
2. Break the list down into doable chunks. It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to get all of your spring cleaning done in 1 day!
3. Pencil specific tasks into your calendar so you’re more likely to complete them in a timely manner.
4. Take a break – sometimes you get so deep into cleaning you just step back and wonder which direction to take next. This is the perfect time for a break to recharge and reset your focus!
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10 Things Every Girl Should Have on Her Spring Cleaning list
Below is a list of 10 things every girl should absolutely include on their spring cleaning list! These are the things you may not think of doing, but are definitely things that are easy to forget about! Don’t just clean up your home this spring, clean up your life too! Without further a due, here are the 10 things you need to add to your list today:
1. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
If you’re guilty like me of forgetting this super important thing, then now is the perfect time to get back on track! Cleaning your makeup brushes not only makes your makeup go on more flawlessly, but also saves your skin from being introduced to tons of bacteria! Freshen up your brushes and your face this spring by giving them a deep clean!
2. Clean Out Your Makeup Stash
This is one that goes hand in hand with your makeup brushes. When we hold onto makeup products for a long time, they end up being a huge source for bacteria. I recommend going through your makeup stash and give a few things the heave-ho. My rule of thumb is that if I haven’t even worn it in months, or I can’t remember when I bought it, then it needs to go!
3. Your Closet
I swear I’m not trying to personally attack you! But sometimes we’re guilty of holding onto clothes for way too long. This doesn’t have to be a massive closet gut, spiralling into you needing a whole new wardrobe. I recommend starting small. Start with committing to getting rid of 5 things you no longer wear and go from there. Anyone can get rid of 5 things! This may be just the momentum you need to clean out a few more things. Ideally if you can get rid of 15 things, your closet would be a bit lighter and you’d feel a lot better!
If you’re looking for criteria for whether to keep clothing or not, ask yourself these few questions:
1. When was the last time I wore it?
2. Do I have something really similar to this? Do I need two?
3. Do I like the way this fits me? Does it flatter me?
4. Do I have anything else that will go with this?
Parting with clothes can be one of the toughest things because we often hold onto them because of the memories we associate with them. Don’t hold onto clothes because of the memories you had in them, or you’ll end up with a stuffed closet of things you don’t wear!
4. Your Email Inbox
I’m personally attacking myself with this one! I’m so guilty of letting it pile up and then being so overwhelmed that I just delete everything! As a blogger I often find my email inbox jam packed with things I don’t even need! Take some time to sit down, go through your inbox, and clean it out. Then, commit to a schedule (every couple of days/weekly) where you continue to clean it out so it never gets that full again!
Some tips to slow the flow of traffic to your email inbox include:
1. Unsubscribe to store emails (unless you absolutely want to know when the sales are). I’m guilty of checking out a website once and subscribing, never to go back again!
2. Disable social media notification emails. Chances are, you’re already getting the notification from the social media App itself. Slow the flow and get rid of the email notifications to keep your inbox sparse!
3. Blogger tip: disable emails from WordPress Reader View. This will send you an email every time someone posts a new post (even if you aren’t subscribed to them)! My advice instead is to check reader view daily, or subscribe to bloggers so that you don’t miss their content!
5. Clean up Your Friend Lists on Social Media
This may sound harsh, but what’s more harsh is me saying you don’t get to complain about someone posting annoying, irrelevant posts 50 times a day if you keep them on your friend list. At one point on Facebook it was almost cool to have a ton of friends. Now, its more of a hindrance than anything. Keeping people you met once, or don’t particularly share the same views with can clutter your feed with unnecessary posts.
Do yourself a favour, be honest with yourself and remove the people you truly don’t want to hear from. Don’t make a big post saying you’re doing a big Facebook clean out, don’t individually message people telling them they didn’t make the cut. Just do it, and enjoy your brand new, clean, newsfeed!
6. Your Finances
After the holidays, our finances can look like an absolute train-wreck. It can be hard to get our finances back on track. There’s no time like the present for getting your finances in order! If you’re looking for something to do with your paycheque click here, or click here if you’re looking to get your finances sorted.
7. Your Schedule
Are you the kind of person who likes to fly by the seat of your pants? While that’s an awesome skill to have, you can run into trouble by not writing things down. Whether you use a phone app or pen and paper, it’s important to keep track of things in case you do forget. Keep track of dates, tasks and appointments to ensure you’re where you need to be. My favourite way to accomplish this is by colour coordinating my tasks.
8. Your Purse
The number of times my purse has turned into a mystery bag has left me speechless. Cleaning out our purses is something we often forget about, and continue to compile receipts and other garbage left, right and centre. Not only does this make our purses heavier, this also makes things harder to find. It also doesn’t make us look super professional if we have to stop and pull out a hundred things before the thing we’re actually looking for.
9. Your Phone
More often than not, this is something we forget to do! I challenge you to go through your phone and clean up any messages, photos, Apps or contacts you no longer need. Theres no sense in hanging onto extra stuff that just eats up your memory and prevents you from adding new things! Do a serious inventory of what you’re using and what you’re not. Get rid of all the rest and get a fresh start for spring!
10. Anything and Anyone that Drains Your Vibe
This one can be a little bit tricky, but is the most satisfying spring cleaning tip of all. If you’re going to do anything on this list, stop wasting time and effort on people and things that drain you. The harsh truth is that theres no place in your life for people or things that do not enhance your life, plain and simple.
This can be a ‘friend’ who does nothing but take, this can be a family member who is nothing but toxic, this can be doing things you really don’t want to, but suck up and do anyways. These are all things that drain you mentally, physically and emotionally, and there is no longer a place for them. It’s time to dissociate yourself from people who don’t bring anything to benefit you, and stop doing things you hate.
Spring cleaning is not exclusive to doing things around the house. Lighten up your life with these 10 things every girl should have on her spring cleaning list! Create the life you want, remove the clutter, and freshen up your surroundings! Spring forward into a positive, refreshed lifestyle!