Spring Clean Your Pantry, Closet, & Mind!
Today is the first day of spring, and ya know what that means: spring dresses, new seasonal veggies…and spring cleaning! We like to take this season to reorganize, reenergize, and check some major items off our to-do list. Spring cleaning is all about de-cluttering and getting rid of what you don’t need to make room for new, positive things.
It can be a lil’ difficult to toss old possessions, especially when you associate those items with good memories. How many of us think something like, “I had an amazing date in that sweater…I can’t let it go!”? 🙋 Yup, us too! So today, we’re sharing some dos and don’ts of spring cleaning to make that process a breeze!
DON’T be afraid to let go
The first project on our to-do list: the closet. This one is usually the toughest! Go through everything and evaluate what you really need. Are you holding onto jeans from a decade ago? Or a T-shirt that reminds you of an ex? Or how about a bedazzled bridesmaid dress you’ll never wear again?! Those have got to go, girl! If you’re not sure about an item, ask yourself these important questions: Have I worn it in the last year? If I went shopping today, would I buy it? And most importantly, do I feel confident in it? If the answers are yes, rock it! If not, it’s time to let it go.
Instead of throwing out these items, donate them. Look for the nearest Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other donation drop near you. There are also organizations, such as One World Running and Soles4Souls, that collect old running shoes. As a TIU girl, you probably have plenty of those!
DO clean up your pantry — and your diet
Take this time to go through your pantry and fridge, too. For each item, ask yourself, “Does this help me reach my fitness goals?” If the answer is no, it’s time to toss it or donate non-perishables. (If it’s something your hubby or kids can’t live without, move it to a different cabinet that you don’t open every day.) If you find something that will help you, like a blender or food processor, buried in the back of your cabinets, bring those front and center in easily accessible spots. And stock your kitchen with items that will help you stay healthy and organized. Tone It Up Meal Prep Containers, anyone?!
DON’T get overwhelmed
The idea of tackling lots of projects at once can make you want to give up and turn on Netflix! But you don’t need to do everything at the same time. Make a resolution to throw out or donate one item every day for 30 days or schedule an hour for a small organization project on Sundays after meal prep. If you schedule it in your phone, you’re more likely to do it!
DO make it fun
Everything is better with a girlfriend! Invite a gal pal over and make her brunch in exchange for a little help organizing. Karena and I have done this together, and it makes the time go by so much faster! Stage a fashion show for your pal and she can help you decide what clothes to toss or keep. A killer playlist also helps make the process more fun! And after you’ve finished a big project, treat yourself to a massage or mani-pedi! You deserve it!
DO focus on your mind and soul, too
Spring cleaning isn’t just about your home. This is also the perfect time to reenergize and refocus your mind. Take some time every day to journal your thoughts and feelings. Jot down a list of things you can let go of, whether it’s a grudge, a fear, an unhealthy relationship, or negative self talk. Then, devise a plan to release those things from your life one by one. Replace the negative talk with a positive mantra and brainstorm ways to turn that fear into a challenge, and then into a plan. You don’t need to do this alone. A best girlfriend is the perfect person to talk this out with. And we’re always here for you. This community always has your back. Scroll through the #TIUteam for inspiration and support as you refocus on your goals and dreams. You’ve got this!