Spring Cleaning: A Guide for Beginners

Spring is just around the corner, and as a warm weather type of gal, that gets me excited and happy! Being in New York, I always count down the days until the cold is gone.

With spring not only comes the warmth of the sun, but also a great opportunity to cleanse and get rid of anything that is considered clutter and distractions.

I’m not an avid spring cleaner, but this year, I’m determined to get it done. So here are some tips and things you can get rid of, whether it’s your first time or your 10th time participating in the annual spring cleaning season.

1. Clean your closet and dust your room.

Last December, I took one night to go through my heaps of clothes that were sitting in my drawers and closet. When I finished, I had three huge piles, or four full bags of unworn or old clothes, which included pants and tops. Afterwards, I had so much more room.

Take the time to go through your closet and organize! Whether they’re clothes or worn books or things you don’t use anymore, take it out and rearrange whatever you have left.

Also, make it a habit to dust or clean your room. I usually assign Sundays to use a Swiffer to clean the dust that’s on the floor and the top of things in my room. Dedicating a day to clean every week will make it easier to get it done, instead of pushing it to the side.

2. Go through your social media accounts and refresh it.

Recently, I took the liberty of going through my friend list on Facebook, and unfriending people who were just acquaintances and not my friends. It cleaned up the posts that popped up on my Newsfeed and I felt less bombarded with notifications.

If you use social media, like a majority of the population today, go through your friend lists on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even Snapchat, and unfollow or unfriend those who you’re not friends with in real life.

If you’ve done that, also unlike or unfollow people that you’re not friends with or with famous people who you’re not really interested in anymore. It may not seem like it’d make a difference, but you will feel a lot less congested physically and mentally.

3. Make a list of short-term and long-term goals for the next 3 months.

I started using an amazing planner called Powersheets to track my daily, weekly, and monthly goals so that I spend this year being intentional and doing things that matter the most.

Come up with a list of goals that you want to pursue and complete in the next three months. There’s no specific type of goals that you’re required to put in, but for me, one of them was to complete the first draft of my novel by the end of the year.

When you’re putting a list together, keep in mind that this is not the same as a bucket list, because you’re not adding all the things you wanna do. Instead, it’s a list of things that you really want to pursue or determined to do, not just for yourself but for others.

4. Go through your daily to-do list and take out anything extraneous.

We all have to-do lists, and that’s great because it helps us keep track of the things we need to get done. Personally, I’m not a fan because it just doesn’t work for me. But I’ve become a firm believer in eliminating any unnecessary tasks on them.

Extraneous things may include, but are not limited to: social outings, chores, errands, and anything that can be done on any given day or things that won’t drain your body. Everything I listed above aren’t necessarily bad things, but if it keeps you from getting rest and recovering, it should be put aside for another day.

For me, I took out unnecessary social outings from my daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. That meant that I’m committed to going out and meeting with friends and family when necessary, which includes birthdays, catching up, or special occasions.

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Spring cleaning isn’t required, but it can benefit your life in more ways than one. If you haven’t done spring cleaning before, try it out and see if it helps you physically, mentally and emotionally. It might just give you the refresher that you need to live a healthy life!

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