Spring has sprung and it is officially time to come out of hibernation. Hallelujah! One way to ease this transition from the Wisconsin tundra into the new season is by decluttering your life and starting fresh.
There are many simple ways that you can alleviate stressors in your dorm, apartment or house that will allow you to have more time to actually live. Here are some easy ways to declutter your home and your mind.
First stop: the kitchen
First, let’s start in the naturally most messy room of the house. As college students, deadlines are always on our minds, however, expiration dates are not. Begin your spring cleaning by looking through your fridge and pantry to dispose of (or donate) any foods that are just taking up space.
Next stop: the bathroom
Now, let’s head to the bathroom. It’s as simple as setting five minutes aside to clear out all of the mostly empty hair containers, dried up travel size shampoos and the old makeup products that have sat untouched for months. Not only will this make you feel better, it will also make room for new summer products.
Closet station, expect delays
Next, head straight to your closet and pack up your winter coats and thick sweaters. After that important step dig through your closet and pick out everything you haven’t worn in the past six months and make cuts. To make this fun, swap clothes with your friends and create a whole new closet!
Final destination: the desk
Similar to clothing, another thing that accumulates quickly is schoolwork of semesters’ past. If you haven’t already thrown out the handouts and syllabuses of that biology class you took freshman year by now, it’s finally time to part. Such a sweet, sweet sorrow. Don’t let it haunt you any longer.
Lastly, never underestimate the power of redecorating or rearranging your room. Whether you stop at Target and grab new sheets, invest in some new wall décor or a couple of throw pillows — a little truly goes a long way and helps balance your feng shui.
Refresh the photos you printed in the beginning of the school year and replace them with all the memories you made this past semester. Sometimes even just moving around the furniture in your room will bring some excitement into the little place that you call home. You don’t have to be Marie Kondo to have a worry free space, but watching her Netflix series is a good start.
Stop and smell the roses
The last thing you need to think about when you’re enjoying the spring sunshine is the clutter in your closet. Once all of this is done sit back, light a few candles and admire your work as you invite the summer in.
Now that you have a free space to think, give yourself that time to do so, enjoy the spring air and get ready for finals. Yay!