Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring Cleaning 101

The birds are chirping outside and one doesn’t have to scrape ice off of their car anymore. What kind of sorcery is this? It feels like spring is in the air! Finally, after a much awaited break from the hot and cold temperature pattern worthy of a Katy Perry song, it feels like spring is here. While for some this may mean “Brace yourself, exams are coming!” and to the others it is more like, “spring BREAK is finally here!” For me, it is a blend of the two. However, the best way to prepare oneself for the fun and excitement that is spring break (or exams…) is to get organized from spring cleaning. While that doesn't sound like a lot of fun, there’s just a certain excitement in being able to decorate your own space however you want it and know where everything is. Time to put those apple cinnamon air fresheners away and pull open your blinds because here comes the sunshine!

Use your mop as a microphone :)
DON’T be afraid of getting down and dirty. Grab that Magic Eraser and scrub soap scum from your bathtub, get the cloudiness off your sink, and just be amazed at how far a little elbow grease goes when you’re cleaning. It may mean wearing old clothes and chipping your nail polish, but nail polish can always be done again!
These are your best friends!

DO start in one room and work your way through your house. Take your pick from kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and just focus on getting that room of the hour as clean as possible. Otherwise if you wander around cleaning as you go, you will feel overwhelmed and feel like you haven’t accomplished anything.

DO re-arrange if you feel inspired to do so. Part of the fun is getting your space exactly how you want it and embracing that trial and error process. Don’t like your bed against the wall because of your loud neighbors? Try switching your bed around. Don’t like how the desk takes up so much space? Try moving it sideways against another wall to free up some floor space. Play around with your floor space! 

So much color~
DON’T feel compelled to keep the same décor up year round. So maybe first semester you had pink flamingo lights hanging up around your room? Move it to the patio for an instant Jimmy Buffett feel. Can’t stand looking at that Justin Bieber poster anymore? Hang up an Avengers poster in its place! Change it up as your go and let your room be your own personal Pinterest board.

DO donate the unwanted things to Goodwill or a charity of your choice. Not your thing? Try having a swap meet with your friends! You’d be amazed at what cool, unique things can come of it. (That’s how I got one of my old French couture shelves) 

This is actually what goes through my mind!
 This is just a spring board of things I like to keep in mind while I’m spring cleaning. What are some do’s and don’ts that you like to follow?

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