Spring is synonymous with fresh starts. Everything seems more exciting when the weather warms up and the end of the school year is just within reach, you know? A good spring clean is also part of the seasonal package, and while it can be kind of a drag, we promise you’ll feel oh-so-accomplished once the deed is done. Plus, we have many a tip to help make the process as painless as possible!
Set the mood.
We’re serious—it’s important to create an environment that’s as stress-free as possible. Open your curtains or blinds and let in as much light as you can! Pump the jams! (May we suggest aspring fever playlist? Or perhaps a festival-approved mix?) Also, make sure you’re dressed in comfy clothes. Cleaning is always way more active than you think it will be—consider it a workout alternative of sorts.
Divide and conquer.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so think about your cleaning as a collection of smaller tasks. Make a list of the areas you want to cover—your closet, your dresser, your bathroom cabinet—and prioritize them. Splitting up the work into manageable chunks is especially important if you can’t devote a whole uninterrupted day to digging through your stuff.
Embrace the pile method.
Okay, this isn’t a scientific term or anything, but we’re big advocates of what we call the pile method. Once you’ve settled on an area, dive right in and start placing things in piles for “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” Only put things you wear or use regularly in the yes pile, and don’t freak out if your no pile is big. Getting rid of superfluous clothes, beauty products, and other things lying around your room is the whole point of spring cleaning! Once everything is separated out, go back through the maybe pile and try to make yes and no decisions. (And if you still have items in limbo, move on to another area and revisit the maybes after the next round of piling.)
Ask the tough questions.
Are you ever going to wear that too-tight tee you’ve been hanging onto since middle school? Or that bag that can’t hold more than a pack of gum? Or those shoes that you’ve never been able to walk in? No, no, and no. (Probably!) A good rule of thumb is to purge anything you wouldn’t wear right then and there, if weather weren’t a factor. As far as beauty products go, expiration dates vary from product to product, but you should get rid of anything that’s changed colors, developed an odor, or that you haven’t touched in the last year.
You’ve got your piles…now what? Well, unless you put your yeses back into their respective homes in an organized manner, most of your work will be for naught. Take the time to fold your clothes and organize your space logically. This means putting winter coats at the back of your closet and lining up hanging clothes by type (tops, bottoms, dresses), color, or even by outfit. If your room is in need of a lot of help, think about purchasing shoe racks, drawer dividers, and other organizational tools. It might also be helpful to make a list of oft-forgotten pieces to reference whenever you’re in a style drought.
Say goodbye to your stuff.
Items that are badly worn out should be thrown away, as should things like half-used jars of old moisturizer. Clothing and accessories that are in decent shape can either be donated to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army, resold at shops like Plato’s Closet, or swapped on sites like Bib + Tuck. Of course, if you encourage your friends to do some spring cleaning of their own, you could have your own wardrobe exchange. One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure, right?
Yes, treat yourself. An emptier closet means you have room for some new purchases, but a Netflix binge will do the trick, too. Having a reward in sight can give you that extra bit of motivation you need to get the job done. Now go forth and clean!