It’s Spring and with a 4 day weekend coming up, it’s the perfect time to start spring cleaning. Our lives are full of so much stuff and it’s everywhere.
Clutter stresses many of us out, including me. Maybe not because of the mess but because we know we have to do the work and clear it up! I can completely sympathise. I have to be in the zone to get any spring cleaning done and I go through the emotions every year. We start to forget how many clothes, books, magazines e.t.c that we have accumulated since the last time we had a proper clean. In the digital age, we talk a lot about mental trash and getting rid of a negative mentality. Now it’s time to physically get rid of clutter to pave a clear path for control and positivity.
8 Things To Get Rid Of When Spring Cleaning
Whichever way you decide to approach it, remember that you don’t have to do it all at once. Take it slow and work at throwing away a couple of things in your free time. Remember to really think about what you need and what you currently use. If you don’t use, wear or need it, consider selling online or donating to charity before you throw it away. Think about the end result – making your home // office // bedroom a space for you to relax, grow and be productive.
Here are 8 things to get rid of when you start your spring cleaning;
If you’re looking to monetize the things you don’t need, then clothes is a great way to build up your extra pennies. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure! If they are in good condition, sell them on eBay, Vinted or Depop. If you’re a clothes collector like me, you have to be ruthless in this section. Don’t hold on to things that don’t fit, don’t suit you or have never been worn. Make space for items that you will enjoy to wear and are loved not crumpled in a cupboard.
Unless you re-read them regularly, put them in the recycling bin! If there are any articles you want to keep, cut them out and place in a folder or in a scrapbook. Even better, cut out inspiring photos and words and create a vision board for your bedroom, living room or office!
Can these be used as gifts? If not, donate to charity or use the beads and jewels for arts and craft projects. Any jewellery that has changed colour, like green, need to be thrown out immediately – unless they can be cleaned. Remember any unwanted gold can be cashed in – check out this article for more details.
Notebooks + Stationary
Any empty notebooks? Find a use for them like mindset journaling, scrapbooking, sketchbook or a diary. If not you could donate them, create a stationary giveaway on your social media.
Yes they still exist! If you’re around my age, you may have a lot of mix CD’s lying about from the days where you spent hours downloading songs, burning them onto blank discs and giving them to friends.
If you have a disc drive on your laptop, you may be able to upload all your songs onto iTunes and save them onto your external hard drive. This will free up a shelf/box and bring you into the 21st century! (I love CDs though!) Donate your discs to charity or take them to stores like CeX or sell online at Music Magpie.
Old makeup and perfume
I learnt the hard way on this one with mascara that was unbelievable old. I’d bought a new one and picked the old one up by accident. My eyes blew up and I looked like I had been battered in a boxing ring and then dragged through a cat flap backwards! Any makeup or perfume that is out of date is not safe to use. Dispose of it responsibly. Clearing out your makeup bag may help you discover some hidden treasures. However, please ensure you give your makeup bag and brushes a thorough clean. So. Many. Germs.
Bags + Purses
If you haven’t used then in a while or they have been used a lot, it’s time to empty them and either donate, sell or throw away. Remember, every penny counts so get an empty coffee jar and start collecting loose change from your bags, purses and pockets for a rainy day treat! Don’t just look at a penny and think “it’s only a penny”. Treat every bit of money with respect and see more money flow into your life.
Past Relationship Memorabilia
There’s no point keeping that teddy bear that your ex-boyfriend bought you 5 years ago if it brings you bad vibes. Anything that triggers you needs to go. Letters, cards, jewellery (see above) and anything else that brings bad memories need to recycled. The quicker you get rid of it, the quicker you can start forgiving and moving on up.
What are your top tips when it comes to decluttering your life?
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