Spring has sprung! The days are getting longer, the nights shorter, and the weather warmer. As buds start to bloom, you’re feeling the anticipatory restlessness that comes with the end of winter and the beginning of short-sleeved weather.
All that restless energy is perfect for helping you do a thorough spring cleaning. That’s right -- it’s time to clear out the old and bring in the new! Here are 5 things you can’t miss when it comes to your spring cleaning routine this year:
- Let it go, let it gooooo
Your closet will be ground zero when it comes to spring cleaning in your bedroom. This year, be fearless when it comes to getting rid of things you didn’t wear over the past 12 months.
If you made it all the way through fall and winter without wearing that scarf a single time, ditch it. The more space you clear out, the better you’ll feel. Let go of the guilt you had about never wearing it in the first place.
- Be particularly ruthless with gifts
There are certain items loved ones give you that you absolutely must keep for sentimental reasons. But others can go. The Christmas gift from a coworker who was trying to be nice but doesn’t know you very well? Give it to the Goodwill. The birthday present from your Great Aunt Bertha that’s just gathering dust? Ditch it.
The more space you create, the more room there is for things in your life to grow and flourish.
- Incorporate some feng shui
Looking to make more money this year? Attract the man or woman of your dreams? Create a harmonious relationship with your kids? Whatever your goals, feng shui can help.
Feng shui is the ancient art of arranging space in a way that optimizes energy flow. Whether it’s rearranging the furniture in your bedroom, incorporating more plants in your living room, or clearing out your kitchen cabinets, take advantage of wisdom in highly-rated books like this to give you a boost this spring to last all year long:
- Switch to green cleaning products
This is the year! Make the decision and then just throw out all your old, toxic cleaners -- especially those that you used to use in enclosed locations, like your shower. You never want to be sucking in those fumes.
Buy new, green ones from Method, Seventh Generation, and other brands that prioritize harmony with the earth and clean, green supplies that are better for your heart, lungs, and children. (Note that this includes your laundry detergent.)
- Give pillows and towels a new life in the washer
You dry your naked body with your towels and press your face up against your pillows every night, so it’s just plain smart to clean them thoroughly sometimes.
The next time you toss a set of towels in the washer, use a mix of white vinegar and baking soda. This will not only make your towels fluffier and more absorbent, but it’ll also clean the inside of your washer. Same deal with your pillows -- you’ll be surprised at how much better they look (and smell) with this spring cleaning.