Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA, but I broke my phone, took an impromptu trip to Vegas, and frankly, cleaning takes FOREVER. When I initially started working on this post, I imagined that the entire project would only take a day, maybe two…(HA! In my dreams.) I cleaned in sections one day at a time…(mostly because I tried to do so much on the first day that I wore myself out and didn’t want to finish it…I’m sure some of you understand.) I started with my closet…(which ended up taking about five days to finish organizing)….on the first day I pulled out everything on the ground and figured out what was clean laundry and what was dirty…between my boyfriend and I…we had like nine loads of laundry to do…including towels, sheets, etc. So, he did the first half of the laundry while I was at work and I did the second half of the laundry while he was at work…(if you don’t have someone to split laundry duty with…just split it up between two days.) I suggest looking at laundry as time for you to work out…if you can do both at the same time, you’ll feel like one of the most productive human beings alive. Don’t be afraid to move things around and try to organize your space differently. I put things away and had to move them all during this process, but now everything just makes more sense. (BTW, I used VSCO Cam for all of these pictures and for the filtered ones I used, T1 preset.)
1. Clear your apartment of random clothing on the floors…(including in your closet)…on your chairs…tables…under your bed…(you get the picture)…gather up all of your clothing.
2. Separate clothing that is clean from clothing that is dirty…but not into two piles…take the time to separate bright, whites and darks from one another in your dirty piles…and take the time to categorize your clean clothing into groups like socks, sweatpants, shorts, etc. (This step will save you the most time overall.)
3. Start your laundry. (The smell of clean laundry in my apartment is motivation to get my clothing organized.)
4. Gather up all of your loose hangers and decide what is hanging that can be folded or vice-versa…(depending on your storage space.)
5. Take out anything in your closet that is not clothing and see what kind of space you’re really dealing with….(get storage boxes if possible.)
6. Sweep or vacuum your entire space.
1. Finish your laundry…(so that you can actually give all of your clothing a home)…otherwise you will end up not leaving enough space for your clothes and you have to shove and wrinkle your clothes to put them away.
2. Find a home for your smaller garments (socks, bathing suits, etc), that is easily accessible, but hidden.
3. Utilize bins. I use them for my smaller garments, and tank-tops, crop tops, etc. (small things that don’t wrinkle.)
4. Hang up your clothing in an organized fashion. (Group together like garments, dresses, shirts, skirts, jackets, etc.)
5. Make sure that you categorize your clothing in things that you can either wear together, things that you would wear to the same kind of event, or color-coordinated…that depends on preference.
I suggest if you’re lazy and hate putting together outfits, hang your pants with a top and jacket or a dress and cardigan with a small baggy that has matching jewelry…(like a matching gold set and a matching silver set that could match practically anything)…make as many options as possible so that you never have to worry about what you have to wear. If you’re the kind of girl who just likes options, like myself, then I suggest hanging your clothes grouped together for different kinds of events. For example: I put together all of my maxi dresses next to my rompers and beach cover-ups so that all of my summery options are together. Then, I hung my formal dresses next to my party dresses and club dresses, so that my going-out options are all together. And at the end of the rack, I hung all of the jackets and sweaters that I wear over those outfits…(a leather jacket, a jean jacket, every color cardigan, my pea-coat, my long sweaters…etc.) On the other hand, you may just like to have your clothes color-coordinated, you could do that as well.
1. Clean out your drawers and deal with all of the stuff you pulled out of your closet that wasn’t clothing.
2. I put so much of my stuff in bins that I made extra drawer space for my boyfriend. (you’d be surprised how many little shirts can fit inside a bin.)
3. Re-organize your stuff. (I went through boxes of stuff that my boyfriend and I had kept since we moved in…I kept all of the paperwork, pictures, receipts, etc. and put them in their own bins to go through on a later date…and then threw away everything else that we didn’t need.)
4. I put together memory boxes of things from my life so that if I ever developed a memory loss, I could possibly remember my past more clearly…I’ve been collecting since I was in eighth grade, because I was inspired by my friend Michelle. (it’s only a shoe box worth per year or two…I go through the boxes every once in a while and throw away things that I’ve already forgotten.)
5. Take out your trash and recycling…you probably have a lot by now.
1. Gather all of your purses and bags together.
2. Take everything out. (Even if you’re the kind of girl or guy that leaves extra things in your bags so that you can be more prepared in the future.)
3. Clean them all out and organize all of your extra stuff.
4. Get yourself baggies, or use extra make up bags to put together kits for yourself that include hand lotion, hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer, a bag for the market…(if you live in LA, it will save you ten cents every time)…headphones, gum, a little candy or snack, a pencil or pen that can’t leak, girly things if you need them, and one of these amazing essential kits. (I have two because I think they are so useful.) If you do this, then you can make two or three and you can move those from one purse to another instead of leaving a bunch of stuff in each of your purses.
5. Scrub your bathroom, I mean clean the walls of your shower, the bathroom floor, scrub your toilet clean, the bathtub and wash the mirrors and bathroom sink. It is a huge task, sometimes, and if it is too intimidating to do in one day, feel free to split it up one day at a time.
1. Organize your work-out gear, sleep-wear…pretty much everything in your drawers. Take it out, fold it, put away things you don’t need in bins and put them somewhere out of sight.
2. Fold your sweaters and put them away.
3. Find somewhere to put your shoes that makes sense.
4. Do something with your hat collection.
5. Wash the dishes and scrub down your stove, microwave, oven, toaster-oven, and counters.
1. Take a break. (You can do this on any day that you want.)
1. Deal with your work attire, hang up all of your button downs, and things you can wear to the office on one side of your closet or in one section so you don’t have to pick from much when you have to go to work and store your iron and ironing board near by. (Even if you don’t work in an office, you should probably still get some, you never know when you may need it.)
2. Hang up your jackets and all the shirts that you don’t want wrinkled.
3. Re-organize your movie collection…my boyfriend and I have compiled so many movies that we have two drawers and a CD book full of movies…and you should also try to find something new to do with all of your gaming accessories…my boyfriend and I play a lot of FIFA on Xbox, but he has other games and gaming consoles to store.
4. Organize your take-out menu collection…put it in a binder or a drawer depending on how much space you have…obviously a binder is more organized.
5. Dust and sweep everything
1. Finish anything you haven’t completed.
2. Make sure that you sweep/vacuum/Swiffer the floor.
3. Take out the trash.
4. Donate, give away, or sell the extra stuff you have and don’t need.
5. Go through your refrigerator and make a list of healthier options than you currently have in it. For example, if you drink regular milk, try getting almond milk next time, or if you eat ground beef, try getting ground turkey. Also, if you use artificial sweeteners, I would like you to reconsider using regular sugar. There are only sixteen calories in a spoonful of sugar…as long as you’re not drinking soda, which has 16 spoonfuls of sugar…it really isn’t that bad of an option when you look at the chemicals you’re consuming.
Spring cleaning doesn’t end at cleaning out your closet or scrubbing the shower or the floors, it ends with you working on cleaning out your surroundings and yourself. Working on your mind, body and spirit will help you achieve your goals and face far less daily stress.
Here are the before and after photos in:
Tips to Spring-Cleaning:
1. Do a little bit at a time, but make sure to see it through.
2. You’re human, and things take time…we don’t all have the time to accomplish everything that we want in a day, but as long as we keep working towards a future goal we can accomplish it…(if this takes you a month…so be it, at least you did it…right?)
3. Throw away things you don’t need and shred your junk mail.
4. Transition your closet into your spring and summer attire.
5. Sometimes the scrubbing actually feels like a work out, but I still think you should try to work out as much as you can.
6. Stand or squat instead of sitting while you do everything.
7. Take the stairs when possible.
8. Add in yoga starting your first day, it will help relieve stress while you get through this.
9. Start reading the labels on the food you eat.
This is how I did my spring-cleaning and got myself feeling brand new, how are you going to do it this year? Are you going to start with eating right or exercising instead? It’s all up to you. I wish you all the luck in going out and doing it yourself.