After this long, long winter, my life is in need of a good spring cleaning. I’m talking floor to ceiling kind of clean. I’ve already tackled my closet, but now I have to really spruce up the rest of the place. Looks like I have a hot date with the bleach and vacuum cleaner coming up.
While I love devoting a day to cleaning (I really do, it’s weird), I also love that feeling of satisfaction from checking something off the list. Even checking one thing off my list– however small– can give me the motivation to get through the rest of it.
Need to feel inspired to tackle your whole spring cleaning list? Start with one of these tiny tasks:
THE NIGHTSTAND | My nightstand is tiny. However, it somehow becomes a dumping ground of late night working-from-bed sessions and lazy Sunday mornings. I have an ever increasing number of books that I want to read, a few magazines with articles flagged for later, Chapsticks that I thought I lost, candy wrappers (?!), and ~400 hair ties. Anyone else have the same problem?
MAKEUP BAG | I always forget that makeup has an expiration date. Mascara should be replaced every three months! I know for a fact that I have at least six tubes of mascara that I’ve had for at least a year. I have some old nail polishes, hair spray that is past its prime, sunscreen that certainly won’t even be effective anymore, and stuff I don’t even know how or when/why I got it.
PURSES | Hello, totes. The number of totes, handbags, and clutches I’ve accumulated over the years is out of control. I try my best to keep the collection at bay, but every now and then it just is too much too handle. That would be now. Even though parting with bags and organizing what I choose to keep is not my favorite task, I LOVE going through all the bags. It’s like searching for buried treasure. Without fail I find all of the hair ties I have lost, a couple of twenty dollar bills, my favorite lipstick I misplaced a month ago, a gift card I never redeemed… etc. Talk about a spring cleaning bonus!
FILE CABINET | Okay this is the one task I dread more than anything else. Something about paperwork just stresses me out. I loosely keep up with my paperwork and have a general system for filing things. The closer to taxes the worse it gets. Paperwork up to my eyeballs. Now that I’ve checked corporate and personal taxes off my list, I think it’s time that I get my files back in order. (Ugh, really dreading it.) Maybe I’ll upgrade to this tabletop organizer… it’s too cute.
KEYBOARD | Finishing off the list with the simplest thing… cleaning off your keyboard. Mine gets so gross. It surprisingly makes a huge difference. Shiny, clean buttons! (Just try not to think about how many creepy crawly germs are zipping around the keys.) I disconnect my keyboard from Bluetooth for my iMac or turn off my laptop so I’m not messing around with keystrokes. I use a Clorox wipe to clean off every key and then a Q-tip to get in between the keys. A bright and shiny keyboard… like new! (And very clean!)
Can’t wait to have everything in tip top shape! Do you have any easy spring cleaning tasks?