Spring is here and in full swing which means it’s the perfect time to clean, organize, and renew your surroundings. Yesterday I spent most of the day cleaning and scrubbing my house in preparation for a new health series I am starting on the 7th. I think the more organized your physical surroundings are the easier it is to be organized and disciplined in other areas of your life like health and fitness. I will be the first to admit that I have a hard time throwing stuff out and I hold on to random things for sentimental purposes. Anyone else do this? From ages 12-16 I kept a small coin purse with movie ticket stubs from ALL of the movies I had seen during that time. What purpose did that really serve to me? Who knows! Like all of humankind I am a work in progress so I am trying to get better about being a bit more ruthless with getting rid of clutter. While I was cleaning yesterday I came up with this list of 10 things I think everyone should spring clean from their home right now. I threw out all of these things yesterday and getting rid of these small things made a huge impact. Let me know in a comment below this post if you have other items to add to the list.
1. Old Phone Cases
Still hanging on to that old Iphone 4 case? Unless by some miracle your Iphone 4 is still working then recycle, donate, or toss these old phone cases.
2. Takeout Containers or tupperware missing their lids
Try first to repurpose these containers for under the sink organization, mini planters, or other drawer storage organization. If you can’t find a good use for them, out they go! You can always donate or gift them to someone who might have a use. Also-check the bottom for signs if these containers can be recycled. For my upcoming health challenge I have a dedicated set of meal prep containers and part of the challenge will be to keep track of and maintain this set for the entire challenge.
Take a moment to think, “When was the last time I got new pillows?” Pillows accumulate bacteria, dust mites, and dead skin cells every single night. If you suffer from allergies it’s actually recommended you change your pillows every 6 months. Otherwise 18 months is the recommended lifetime for standard pillows you use every night. It’s is also suggested that you look for a zippered pillow case that is designed to combat allergens and dust mites.
I think this is actually a fun one because new pillows feel amazing!
4. Expired medication/vitamins
I can speak from personal experience that expired painkillers such as Excedrin, Aleve and also vitamins are not as effective once they reach their expiration date. In some cases it may also be dangerous to take expired medications so look through your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any expired medications, vitamins, or other supplements. For more information on how to safely dispose of medications visit the FDA’s website.
5. Expired Beauty Products/Makeup
Expired skincare and makeup products can actually cause irritations to the skin depending on the ingredients so take some time to check the expiration dates of these products and toss out old items. BONUS TIP: Organize your makeup drawer in order of expiration date. Move products that will expired sooner to the front of your drawers so you use those first. Also, try to keep yourself from overbuying so you lessen the chance of having a lot of expired products sitting around.
6. Old underwear and socks
Toss out old socks and underwear and replace them with new ones yearly. If you have a favorite pair of socks that have a small hole, you can whip out your sewing kit to fix these but give yourself permission to replace these items guilt-free. BONUS TIP: Buy cotton underwear as it is more breathable and better for the health of your nether regions.
7. Random papers, receipts,business cards, and manuals
Scan these documents in your computer and then recycle these papers and rid yourself of clutter. Alternatively, if you don’t have a scanner you can take a photo of these documents with your phone and email it to yourself. Do save any receipts you may need for making returns but organize them in a dedicated folder and then store that folder somewhere out of the way.
8. Trash you are trying to convince yourself isn’t really trash.
Here are some examples:
-Scraps of wrapping paper
-Scraps of ribbon
-Gift bags that cannot be reused
-Empty candle containers you have not repurposed in 6 + months
-Random beads or buttons that you have not DIY’d in over 1 year
-Broken things you have not made any effort or plan to fix in 6 months
If you are a chronic DIY’er like me then you may have little bits and pieces of craft ribbon, glitter, etc hanging around. That’s OK! If you want to keep these things for future crafting, decide what is actually useable and then store it in a proper container and find a place for it.
9. Water bottles
If you have been following my social media for any length of time you will know I love water bottles. When a hurricane comes around I have enough water bottles to fill up and be set for over 3 days worth of drinking water for at least 2 people. During the other 360 days of the year these bottles fill my cabinets and just take up space. I have a feeling I may not be alone though. Go through your bottles and choose just your favorites and then set a limit for how many you want to keep depending on the space you have. Donate any unneeded reusable water bottles that are in good condition to Goodwill! Are you holding on to single use water bottles too? Gather then all up and recycle them now!
10. Anything not serving a purpose
This can include promotional items (coasters, magnets, lanyards) from events, pens that don’t work, wine corks, etc. Examine the small areas of your home that tend to accumulate clutter. Ask yourself, “Is everything here serving a purpose?”. If the answer is “No” then recycle it, donate it, or toss it! This may also be a good exercise to find objects that are not currently serving a purpose, but should be.
After this round of spring cleaning set a date to do it again in 1 week. It can be hard to throw out a lot of items all at once so doing it little by little over the course of 2-3 weeks makes the process a lot easier.
I will dedicate about 1 hour next Sunday to go through my space again and eliminate any more clutter I find. My goal is to eventually have a clutter-free, stress-free living space.
I hope this post was informative and helpful to you! Let me know your comments or questions in a comment below or connect with me on social media!