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5 Ways To Spring Clean That Will Make You Simplify Your Life

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal
Written by Channon Gray

Spring cleaning, love it or loathe it, is a good way to clear your mind, simplify your life and increase your productivity levels. I’ll admit, cleaning never sounds like the most exciting activity; however, it can be incredibly satisfying once completed. 

You might not know this but spring cleaning can have a dramatic impact on your health and wellbeing. Decluttering your surroundings enables the mind to be decluttered all at once.

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

Having too much stuff can make remaining calm or de-stressing a difficult task; it can also allegedly add to feelings of depression, anxiety and discontent. Living within a state of clutter can make focusing on individual tasks more challenging, according to psychologists.

Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t crush over minimal homes on Pinterest or perfect, all white, study spaces on Instagram? I certainly do! They look inviting, refreshing and free from distractions. This is where your spring cleaning overhaul begins:

Clear your happy space of clutter

It doesn’t matter where your happy space is; whether it be your bed, your desk, your sofa, the bath, wherever it might be, completely clear it of clutter. This space is supposed to be where you feel most at ease, inspired or in-control of life in general; therefore it makes sense to getting spring cleaning that area first.

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It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

Sort through your empty toiletries bottles (I cannot be the only one who is guilty of hoarding empty plastic containers), throw away all the pens that no longer work and re-fluff those pillows. Whatever is needed to get the space organised and welcoming again, get it done. You’ll be surprised how motivated and instantly uplifted you feel.

I like to keep my desk space decluttered as this is where I journal, fulfil Etsy orders and writing for my blog. It makes me happy to see it all neat, tidy and everything in its place. You can check out my workspace on my Instagram!

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

Declutter and organise with the Present in mind

When spring cleaning, it is easy to hold onto items from the past; however, you must declutter, organise and arrange your things with the present in mind.

What was relevant or required in your life several months or even years ago, might not be now.

One particular area that this is most prominent if your wardrobe. Let’s face it, how many clothes do you still have from 2009 that you will never, ever, wear again? Exactly! Condense, sort and donate all that you know you do not need.

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

If you haven’t used it for a year, get rid of it!

This leads on from the point above, if you haven’t used it for a while then do you really need to keep it?

I will always be one for keeping unnecessary things that have meaning to me, but there is a difference between sentimentality for positive reasons and hoarding for the sake of it.

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

Learn to cherish memories, not things…

When attempting to simplify and declutter your life, this can be really difficult.I think that you should work to find a healthy balance between holding onto items as well as memories; they work in unison but memories should always trump things either way.

Materiality can cause more chaos than it is worth; in the end, it isn’t what tends to make us feel a greater sense of worth or happiness.

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It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

Get Organised

Anyone who is a long-term reader of my blog will understand my passion for organisation. Being organised can reduce stress, remove any worries and help you set goals for the future.

This is relevant when spring cleaning, as through planning on what to do, and when, you’ll automatically be simplifying your life and riding it of any preventable concerns.

I like to use my bullet journal in order to stay on top of cleaning/decluttering tasks; as well as using it as a place to document motivational quotes and plans for the upcoming months. I feel a great sense of joy when ticking off each item or task from my list and therefore, I am able to feel more content and happy with my life and in charge of how I spend my time.

Here’s my bullet journal spring cleaning check list for the year:

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

If you are interested in setting up a bullet journal then you can read my post on how to do so here.

I hope this post has helped you to make a start on your spring cleaning plans for this year and in return to begin to reap the benefits of an increasingly simplified life.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this in the comments below or if you’d like to contact me then you can do so here. Also, if you enjoyed this post, it would really help me out if you signed up my mailing list below and that way you’ll never miss an article again – thank you in advance for that!

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It's the time of year when Spring Cleaning routines start happening and the check lists come out. I've put together a load of advice to help you to declutter your life, become a minimalist and simplify your lifestyle to improve your sense of self, mental health, productivity, happiness, organisation, depression, anxiety and worries. You can use a bullet journal to help you declutter and organise any cleaning tasks you might have, check out how here... // heythereChannon - channongray.com - #springclean #bujo #bulletjournal

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Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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Candi Randolph
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Great tips, very useful and we should all follow your lead. And, I love how you create your journals and entries…it’s really an art form 🙂

Olivia
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This is such a good post! I’ve started spring cleaning and it feels amazing…I actually did my bathroom/makeup this weekend (that was scary). Thanks for sharing, I’ll be following these tips!

Emily
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These are all great ideas! I’m planning on starting my spring cleaning this week, but I’ve been procrastinating. Thanks for the extra push to get started!

Sara
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I always tell myself I’m going to recycle the empty bottles but that never happens.

Katie Kelly
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I just used the “year” rule for so many clothes and shoes! It felt so good to de-clutter.

maria
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These are such great tips! I really need to do this. Also love your journal, so creative and artsy! I am looking for some lifestyle guest writers for my blog, so if you are interested, shoot me an email! beijos xo

Perrine - Ola Banana
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I couldn’t agree more! I’m in the process of spring cleaning at the moment and this post has given me even more motivation to finish :D

Perrine
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Nicolle Dupas
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This is a great list of tips and advice for better spring cleaning! I’m in the middle of that, as well as MOVING soon so i’ve been working hard at letting go of more material things than usual this time around. This advice is totally inspiring me!

Nina | Lemons and Luggage
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I especially like the idea of getting rid of things we haven’t used in one year. I think it’s a very clear and measurable target. Usually, if it’s been that long since we last used something we really don’t need it.

Emma Conrad
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I’m working so hard on getting rid of things I haven’t used in the past year, but I always find myself thinking I’ll miss it as soon as I get rid of it! P.s. LOVE the bullet journal organization!

jana
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Decluttering is so important! just giving myself a space to decompress from stress is paramount to my emotional status!

chelsea
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I love your strategy for decluttering for spring! It’s really hard for me to get rid of stuff so I loved the part about cherishing memories, not things. That’s really what it’s all about. Love this post.

Sara | mshealthesteem.com
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Such wonderful advice! I love how you highlight the importance of memories over things and not allowing objects to take over and cause a never ending clutter. I’ve certainly been guilty of that in the past but it feels so good to declutter, let go and create more space. It’s good for the body and soul! Thanks for sharing Channon ♡.

Judy
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Love this post! I need to do a bit of Spring Cleaning as things are getting cluttered around here!
I love your bullet journal,BTW! :-)

Emily - Waking Up At Noon
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Decluttering is my priority at the minute, love the bullet journal! Emily x

http://www.wakingupatnoon.com

Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋
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Great advice Channon! I agree – decluttering your surrounds create a spatial advantage to be able to create space in your mind: calm in the outside, calm on the inside (and vice versa!) ☺️ Thank you for the inspiration 👍🏼😍😘💕 Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋

Radhika Acharya
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Absolutely!!! Decluttering is so important!!

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