It’s day three of Whole 30. I have a ton of thoughts and I’m going through a roller coaster of emotions to be honest! I’ve been keeping an on going draft saved of all my thoughts. Totally unedited and honest, that I’m planning to publish once I hit that glorious day 30!!
Since yesterday was the first day of Spring (yay!) even though it doesn’t feel like it (boo!), I figured now would be a good time to get ourselves in check and start thinking about doing a big spring cleaning. I know it’s not the most exciting thing, but I do think it’s totally necessary and I always feel so good after I get it done. So today I’m sharing my spring cleaning tips to help you tackle it and why I think you should do it, even though I know you’ve been putting it off!
SPRING CLEANING TIPS:
DEDICATE ONE TO TWO FULL DAYS
You gotta rip it off like a band aid and just get it over with.
If you do a little here, walk away, come back and do a little there, you’re never going to get it done. Sometimes, I’ll come home after a long day and feel inspired to start a big project and then I stop half way and never feel inspired to go back and get it done. So set aside a specific weekend, go to bed early the night before, wake up and treat yourself to breakfast, put on some comfy clothes, tie your hair back and get started.
Believe me, you’re definitely going to need a full day or two and you’re not going to want to feel rushed so just go at your own pace, but set that time aside and stick to it.
ENLIST HELP IF YOU CAN
If you can, ask for help!
Personally, I’m someone that doesn’t like a ton of opinions if I don’t ask for it. So I enlisted the help of my boyfriend since I knew he wouldn’t be bossy and throw tons of ideas my way to overwhelm me. Plus, he doesn’t have super strong opinions on clothes so if he said no to something I said yes to, I could pretty much ignore him.
My cleaning style has always been the same even when I organized the Teen Vogue closet, the Cosmo closet and the Victoria’s Secret closet and with my personal closet so I definitely knew I needed help.
I’m a thrower. I’m a “it’s gonna look bad before it looks better” kind of cleaner. I like to go drawer by drawer and just throw and empty everything out and start fresh. It’s how I’ve always been and it’s what works for me. So when I had the help of my boyfriend I would just throw things his way and say yes, no, maybe and he would help me sort them into their piles.
Not to mention, when I had like 10 bags to donate, he helped carry most of it to Goodwill. God bless that boy for putting up with me.
MAKE SEPARATE PILES
Like I said, I like to create chaos before I organize my life because that’s what helps me.
If you’re like me, getting rid of anything is difficult. Sometimes, I think if my mother wasn’t the type of person that throws everything out that I would be a good candidate for hoarders. So I understand that getting rid of stuff, especially clothes is hard which is why I think it’s helpful to create piles.
A yes pile for things you know you love AND have been wearing. A maybe pile for things that you’re on the fence about or things you maybe haven’t worn lately or forgot you had but still like it. And a no pile, for the things you for sure know are not your style anymore, you have a look of disgust when you pick up and have probably never even worn it.
Creating piles also helps you assess the situation. If your yes pile is as high as Mt. Everest and your no pile is non-existant then you need to revisit your yes pile and start opening the door for opinions and advice.
ORGANIZE & PUT YOUR YES PILE AWAY
Yes, even with your place a mess and your no and maybe pile sitting there, start organizing and putting your yes pile away.
I think this will help you assess the amount of space you have left in your closet and drawers. If you put everything away and have no room left then don’t bother looking at the maybe pile because you clearly have no room for it and you may want to re-assess your yes pile because we both know that you said yes to some stuff you haven’t worn in a while.
And I think once you start organizing and even color coding your yes pile and putting things away, you’ll start seeing it come together and be even more inspired to purge and organize.
GIVE YOURSELF A WEEK TO RE-EVALUATE
Still struggling? I hear ya.
Every now and then I get in this cleaning mood where I want to purge everything and I really need to take advantage of those moments because I’m usually not that type. So if you’re still struggling to get rid of things and have little to no room left, give yourself a week to re-evaluate your maybe pile.
Put it aside and challenge yourself to wear and use those items throughout the week. If you wear something and realize you need this to stay in your life then keep it or if you wear it and you’re not comfortable or crazy about it then you know you need to let it go. If you go through your maybe pile and consistently pass up a certain item and don’t want to wear it, then you know it’s got to go.
The way I look it, if you plan to spend time to get your spring cleaning done then really commit to it. Don’t just create this mess and invest your time just to give away a sweater or two, be honest with yourself and get rid of those items just taking up space in your closet and drawers.
HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION FOR YOUR NO PILE
Don’t just do a big purge and then not do anything with your no pile and definitely don’t just throw it out, unless it’s your underwear drawer, then definitely throw that stuff out.
When I did a massive spring cleaning, I got a ton of trash bags and filled them with everything I didn’t want. I seriously had like 10 huge trash bags of stuff. So my boyfriend and I made multiple trips taking everything to our local Goodwill store and dropping it off. When you walk in, they usually have an area where you can leave stuff you’re donating so we just left everything there.
I know a lot of people like to sell their stuff as well. Personally, I have my own feelings about that and it’s just not for me, but if it’s your thing then go for it. Just make sure you commit to it and not just leave things laying around, insisting that you’re gonna get around to selling it or doing something with it because we both know you won’t!
Plus I’m the type of person where if I’m getting rid of something I want it gone right away and if I’m doing a project, I want it done, sign, sealed, delivered so that same weekend I did a major purge, I also got rid of all my no’s as well.
ORGANIZE THOSE JUNK DRAWERS
Once your closet is purged and organized, you’re probably going to be in that cleaning mood and inspired to tackle other parts of your apartment or house, so take advantage and go for it!
Especially those junk drawers. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Those drawers that just become a dark hole for things you insist you’re gonna need or use and it just sits there. Go through your desk drawer and get rid of that 7/11 receipt from months ago, get rid of those empty gift cards, put those cards you received in your memory box and get rid of anything that literally serves no purpose in your life.
I’m currently on Whole 30 and one tip for doing the program is to prepare your kitchen and get rid of the junk food in there. Now, I didn’t really do that since my mom isn’t doing Whole 30 with me so I wasn’t about to just throw everything out, but I do recommend taking a look in your kitchen and getting rid of anything expired or just sitting there, especially those items that are sitting in the back of your freezer that’s already freezer burned.
DO A FINAL CLEAN UP
Like I said, if you’re gonna do some spring cleaning, you might as well give it your all.
So once you’ve purged, had a melt down about getting rid of certain things, organized, threw a tantrum and feel good about your space, make sure you give it a final clean. Sweep and mop the floors, dust off those counter tops and even do laundry if need be. It’ll help you feel like your space is finally complete and clean and you’ll be able to tell a difference so you feel like you achieved a lot that weekend.
When I did my big spring clean, I was surprised to find how much easier it was to get ready in the morning because everything was organized and there and it made me never want to clutter my life again.
BUT, LIKE… WHY SHOULD I DO IT?
IT WILL HELP YOU SHOP FOR A NEW SEASON
I always find doing a big closet clean out before purchasing new items, helps you shop smarter.
If you insist that you love rompers, but never wear most of yours and put them in the maybe or no pile, then maybe investing money into more rompers might not be the best thing. Or maybe as you’re cleaning out your closet, you realize you have no pink tees, but have all these outfits that will go great with a pink tee, then you can add it to your wish list.
I think instead of shopping blind in a sense and knowing the silhouettes and colors that you love or need really helps your make smarter and better shopping choices.
MAKE ROOM FOR NEW THINGS
Pretty much the biggest reason that people do a big clean out is to make room for new items.
A lot of people I know, make promises to themselves that they can’t shop unless they get rid of some stuff in their closet. Let’s face it, as much as we claim to love something, we eventually get tired or get over items after a few season so why not get rid of it and make room for something new that you love.
GO INTO A NEW SEASON WITH A FRESH MIND
I really love the start of a new season.
It’s like New Year’s all over again. It’s a chance to hit refresh and you should go into a new season feeling inspired and what better way to get inspired, but to tackle a big project head on.
I get it, it sucks, we totally don’t want to clean and get rid of a ton of things, but I’m telling you, if you clear the clutter from your space, you’ll clear the clutter from your mind and you’ll go into the new season with a fresh perspective. Besides, a lot of people move their winter items into storage and bring their spring/summer clothes front and center so while you tackle that, why not just do a clean out and get rid of things just taking up space??
I hope you guys enjoyed and found my spring cleaning tips helpful! It was seriously something I dreaded and kept putting off, but I felt so good after I finally tackled it so I wanted to share my experience and my tips.
Thank you so much for reading!