Happy spring! Even though we want to welcome spring into our homes, we first need to clean up the mess winter has left behind.
It’s so easy to let little things pile up, and up, and up. After midterms, spring break, and daylight savings time, I’m sure we’re all feeling a little exhausted. A little tidying up — or “spring cleaning” — can make all the difference in the rest of your life.
As Marie Kondo, the unofficial queen of clean, says, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” Let’s use her wisdom as the push we need to knock out some spring cleaning!
Donate your unused clothes and items
Speaking of Marie Kondo, Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” was probably the best/worst thing to happen to me — I’ve deep-cleaned my entire apartment after just one of her episodes! Not going to lie, it really made a difference.
You don’t realize how much stuff you actually have until you sort through all of it. Keep the essentials, but think sustainably. It’s important to think about what will be useful years down the road. Keep in mind, though, the worst thing you can say to justify keeping something is, “I’ll probably need this in the future.” What will you need? What do you use?
Use a planner, and I mean actually use it
Your mind’s a terrible office. As much as you like to think your mind is a steel trap and nothing escapes you, you’re human, and not making notes and to-do lists will eventually catch up with you. You encounter so much daily information that trying to remember the essentials like assignments and errands are sometimes quickly lost in all the noise. Dusting off that unused planner or opening up your phone’s calendar app can help get those thoughts in order.
Here at the Student Voice, we’ve said it time and time again that planners are incredibly helpful in keeping your life in check. Seeing your assignments written out can help you stay on top of everything.
Don’t like paper planners? Try a couple of organization apps like Evernote, Google Keep and Trello that can help you stay on top of assignments, personal goals and interesting articles you would like to read later since you’re being yelled at for having your phone out in class.
Clean out and re-organize your class essentials
Nothing’s worse than going to class and having to sort through crumbs and crumpled papers to pull out textbooks and disorganized notes. Take out everything from your book bag and giving it a wash, a wipe down, or a thorough cleaning can help boost your classroom experience up to an A+. A little tender loving care goes a long way.
Without a doubt, some teachers talk way too fast for you to write legible notes down. Neatly re-organizing your notes by rewriting and sorting them can make your notebook look neat and easy to read. Your future self will thank you when they don’t have to decipher messy notes during finals week.
Dust your entire living space
It’s so easy for dust to gather, and it’s even easier for us to ignore it. With allergy season in full swing, the dust around you can add to the allergies that pollen causes. Take a little time one morning to dust every piece of furniture, ceiling fan, and vent. Your nose will be grateful, and your home will be clean.
Storage baskets are your best friend
If you want your room to look like it’s straight out of an IKEA catalog, you should think outside (or, inside) the box! Storage baskets are great ways to stay organized and add a chic, clean look to your living area. From finding an easy way to store all of your crafting supplies to finally organizing that one drawer with miscellaneous things stuffed in it, storage baskets of all sizes can turn your home into a mid-century modern dream.
Don’t want to go to IKEA for storage boxes? Your favorite stores, from major retailers to dollar markets to thrift shops, have some equally appealing and functional baskets to choose from.
Clean out your fridge
When was the last time you went through your fridge to pull out expired foods? Nothing ruins a meal more than using an expired condiment or drinking sour milk. Sure, you might not ever touch the year-old salsa on the bottom shelf, but throwing it out frees up some fridge space and completely reduces any risk of you accidentally using it.
If you’re going to toss any food out that’s stored in glass jars, be sure to thoroughly rinse them and send them to recycling! Might as well save the planet while you save space in your fridge.
Author Trianne Newbrey is a senior at MTSU, majoring in integrated studies in the University College with minors in music industry and public relations. The views and opinions expressed above are her own and don’t necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of Middle Tennessee State University.