Victoria Hunt and Lauren Diaz
Staff Writer and Contributing Writer
With the spring season starting to bloom and vaccinations promising hope of a return to normal life, it’s time to bring that changing energy from outside to inside by cleaning up your space. Decluttering and reorganizing will help you finish the semester off strong.
There are many great health benefits to this practice. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, spring cleaning can help you breathe better because the buildup of dust and pet dander can trigger nasal congestion in those prone to allergies and asthma attacks. Cleaning your space can also lighten your mood by eliminating the stress that can come from cluttered spaces.
Because cleaning up can often be overwhelming, it’s important to know where to start. We suggest you begin by making a short checklist of what you want to accomplish and the areas you want to tackle.
How to get started:
- Create three piles of what to Keep, Donate, and Toss. Clean out the clothes you haven’t worn in more than a year and divide them into your three piles.
- Wash everything, including all of your blankets, sheets, duvets, and clothes so that everything is fresh. Adding a scented fabric softener, like Bounce sheets, will make everything smell new again. The ticket here is not to leave your laundry in a heap on your bed, but to actually fold it and put it away as soon as it’s ready.
- Clear out that junk drawer. All of us have that one drawer that is spilling over with random items that we convince ourselves we may need one day. News flash: you won’t. Toss out all of the sticky notes, paper clips, pens that don’t work, receipts, and trinkets stuffed in that drawer and make it functional again. If you want to go the extra mile, invest in an inexpensive pack of drawer organizers to keep order all year round.
- Wipe down all surfaces. Find a microfiber feather duster, or a tissue around the apartment, and get all of the lingering dust off of your desk, dresser, and other surfaces. Then, vanquish germs and stains with a few disinfectant wipes and you’re done!
Lastly, buy yourself some seasonal flowers for your newly freshened up room (because you deserve them) and enjoy all of the positive energy spring has to offer.