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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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