Spring Cleaning

12 Mar

This weekend I went on a bit of a cleaning and organizing binge. Call it what you will, perhaps because of the spring-like weather it would be appropriate to call it spring cleaning! I think that it’s important to do an annual clean up because over a year we often accumulate new “things” and the old “things” aren’t as important anymore and perhaps we don’t have a place for them anymore. It’s always nice to keep organized not only for cleanliness and spatial reasons, but for one’s mental well-being too. Whenever I clean out my closet, drawers, or cupboards, I feel really good because I think that the clutter in my life reflects my current mentality. Let’s just say that during stressful periods of my life, my room looks much less organized than when things are less stressful.

I have learned how to become more ruthless when it comes down to deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. Maybe after watching an episode or two of Hoarders, on TLC, I feel more inspired to do a bit of a clean up too. I find that when I am cleaning out my closet, for example, it is a much easier process because clothing that I don’t keep is not being thrown away, never to be used again. This is because I love donating my clothes to the church or to Salvation Army because then I don’t feel bad about parting with these pieces, knowing that they will be going to someone else who will be more appreciative and in need. I stumbled upon a website, Every Monday Matters, which pointed out that there are approximately 1.5 billion pairs of unworn or barely worn shoes that are just lying around in closets. Also, apparently in the U.S. 20 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are thrown away annually. That is such a crying shame to me because there are so many people living in poverty who could benefit from clothing donations.

Some quick tips to consider before organizing a space:

  • Have a plan. Mindlessly pulling everything out of a closet or drawer might seem like a good idea at the time, but I promise you it makes it more difficult if you land up with an empty drawer and a pile of things on the floor. Also, try not to tackle too much at one time. Tackle small areas, one at a time, and then move onto the next area.
  • Have garbage bags near. This is probably one of my number one go to items when spring cleaning because it is important to have a donate bag and an actual garbage bag. This way, you can throw away and donate things as you go along.
  • Have an open mind. Be a little bit ruthless. Don’t feel too attached to material items, it is healthy to live a clutter-free life, in my opinion!
  • Have labels/baggies/storage bins available. In order to become organized and to maintain this organization in the future, having a good system in place is really important. In a closet, storage bins are very useful. I have a shelving system at the top of my closet and I have four bins that hold scarves, purses, hats, and miscellaneous accessories. The bins are labelled so that I know what is in each bin without having to pull them down and rummage through them. Ziploc bags are great for organization in the bathroom: I have hair elastics in one, razors in another, and so on and so forth.

Well, that’s my two cents on cleaning and organization!

Yia sas (as us Greeks say),

Merzybean.

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