It’s that time of year again!! Spring cleaning time has arrived.🌸 Usually, I wait until a little closer to mid-April to start cleaning out my closet/room/life haha but this year I have decided to get ahead of the game and start before April even begins. Mostly because my Easter dress is in my spring clothes storage boxes and I need it before next weekend! So with that in mind, this weekend I’m going to tackle my own spring cleaning. When I started thinking about spring cleaning earlier this week, I realized that I have many areas in my life that I wanted to essentially “clear out” or minimize the clutter both in my life and in my mind. To keep this post concise and informational, I’m going to break it up into three tangible categories, closet/wardrobe, beauty, and accessories. Of course there are other areas that you can focus on this year but these are the three that I want to talk my tips through.
Closet /Wardrobe 👗:
I feel like this category might be the most obvious when I think about spring cleaning. However, it also might be the most important. For me personally, I have several boxes that I rotate between storing clothes for spring/summer and fall/winter depending on whichever is needed at that time of the year. This is good in theory for me but the downside is that I always forget about what I actually have in my wardrobe by the time the year has passed and the next set of seasons has arrived. Therefore, I buy things in anticipation for the upcoming seasons when in reality, I probably don’t need to since I have many other items just hidden away for the time-being. I can’t take credit for this idea but I heard about the hanger method a few months ago which I thought was a clever way to weed out the old in your closet however, it takes a little longer than a weekend to finish the project. If I were to implement this method, I would empty out all of my spring/summer clothes and put them all on hangers with the hook facing towards me. This way I would hang everything on the closet rack with the hooks facing towards me. Throughout the spring and summer, once I chose something to wear, I would take it off the hanger and flip the hanger to the hook facing away from me like normal. This means by the time the fall rolled around and the warmer months were over, I would know exactly what I wore throughout the warm seasons and anything with a hanger facing towards me would be the clothes I would get rid of since I didn’t wear them. I think this idea is really creative so I would love to try it out this year since I haven’t done it yet.
Beauty Products (skincare, hair products, makeup) 💄:
Alright y’all, I know there are some expired beauty items at the bottom of your makeup bag or in your bathroom closet that you forgot about. I am 10000% going through my makeup shelves this spring and clearing out any opened items that I don’t use either daily or in the past year. This applies for sanitary purposes as well since some products expire quicker than others. Obviously when we are taking care of our skin and body we don’t want to be putting items on that could cause damage to our skin. I stumbled upon this Cosmetic Calculator that I have linked for y’all because I thought this was too useful not to share. They resource a ton of different brands and by putting in some of the information from the product, you can see what the shelf life is for the product. Over the past year, I have really gone through my products to determine what works best for me and for some, I’ve gotten replacements with cleaner and safer ingredients after my health issues arose. For all the items I have replaced, I can get rid of the old ones I don’t need anymore.
Accessories (jewelry, hats/scarves, purses, and shoes) 👛:
I was hesitant on even including shoes in this category because I think they deserve their own but again, trying to keep this post concise. As far as shoes go, it is very hard for me to let go of them since they are like my fashion obsession and have been ever since I could walk basically. For the most part, I’m trying to keep shoes so I have 1 of a colour not like 4 pairs of brown boots. If I have more than 1 pair of brown boots, I have to pick my favourite and donate the rest. The idea behind it is to not have too much excess of one type or colour. With handbags and hats/scarves, this isn’t as necessary to clean out to me unless you’re having trouble fitting everything into your closet/drawers. If it’s starting to overflow, then perhaps it’s time to get rid of some. For purses, I’ve started to narrow down my selection and hopefully work towards a collection of purses. One for evening, one for everyday, one for travel, one for special occasions, and then a few here and there as iconic/specialty items. Anything that doesn’t fit in those categories at the moment for me, time for them to go. Jewelry I am working in a similar method as the purses so if I have several pearl studs, let’s try to pair that down to the ones I wear the most. I know I have a good amount of necklaces, bracelets, and rings from YEARS ago that I don’t wear anymore so I need to find them a different home.
As you can see, there are several ways to go about spring cleaning, no one way fits all, and it shouldn’t because everyone has their own method. I hope that by me talking through the strategies I’ve been thinking about has inspired you to think about what your spring cleaning is going to look like. Will you be starting this weekend, next weekend or are you an early bird and have already started? I really am trying to refine my mentality of not just keeping things just “to have” because that doesn’t serve much of a purpose and in the end, it’s just stuff. I am eager to get started tonight maybe tomorrow with my spring cleaning because I think it would be best for me to get a head start… I definitely anticipate needing the whole weekend and then some. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the nice weather. Thank you for reading along, as always.🤍
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