Spring has sprung, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time for spring cleaning. We all love spring because it’s a time of rebirth; the grass is green again, the sun is shining, and we can finally bring our summery clothes out from the back of our closet.
Chances are by the time spring comes, your closet (and any other storage space) is also in major need of a rebirth. Physical clutter creates mental clutter, so now is the time to take action and get your space bright and breezy for summer, and the very first step you need to take is to declutter!
Organising the house and your personal space is bound to give you, as students, a sense of organising yourself. Here are some tips for decluttering and organising:
- The Bedroom: The biggest enemy of bedrooms is clothes. Anything you
haven’t worn in the last six months, get rid of them. Any odd socks, old
underwear, ‘one day I will fit back into these’ jeans and battered shoes – let go of them. Be brutal, the more space you make in the loset/cupboard, the more room you have for new additions remember! Segregate the toys/sports equipment that you don’t play with any more and give them up for donation. Also occupying a vital space in your bedroom , is that study table, whose drawers are like ‘chests of treasures’, stored for infinite use. It’s time to let go of the ‘treasures biting the dust’. If you haven’t used them in the last 6 months, chances are that you won’t use them ever.
- A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place: This has been the
anthem of organized people for years: Everything in your home should have a place. If you don’t have a place for it or can’t find one, is that item really something you need? Life is much simpler when you know exactly where to find something because your space isn’t cluttered. For example, your stationery and other school items need to go on your study table and not on the kitchen table.
- Love It or Lose It: We hold on to things for many different reasons, some we can’t explain. This rule is a pretty quick decision-maker: If you haven’t used or worn an item in the last six months to a year (depending on what it is), you don’t love it. Right? Ask yourself if you would buy this item today. If the answer is no, you don’t love it. If something no longer fits you, your home, or your aesthetic, you have to lose it. Figure out what you really love and lose the rest! This is also a great rule to employ when making current purchases. If you don’t love it or if you can live without it, do you really need it?
- Edit, Constantly: Hard as we try, it is almost inevitable that we accumulate more stuff. Throughout the year, try to evaluate areas as you use them; ask yourself if you need the items you see. You can always sell items that are valuable, but you don’t need anymore. This makes parting with some of your belongings easier because you get something in return. Donation gives items a chance for a second life with someone who will appreciate them, such as school bags, books, pencils, paint, etc. And remember, it’s OK to trash items that are unusable.
- Bring-in the Spring: Spring is the time to share and care. Your house is Yours too, not just your parents. If you’ve managed to declutter and organise your personal space, you can always lend a helping hand to your mother to have the kitchen organised; or to your father to have his study in order or to your younger sibling- teaching him/her how to have their school bags and pencil boxes in order, everyday, all year round!
Remember, when you declutter — whether it’s your home, your head, or your heart — it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.