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Spring is finally here and you know what that means… it’s time to do some spring cleaning! Declutter your apartment – and life – this season with these five tips to get the most out of your spring cleaning efforts.
- Donate Clothes You Don’t Wear. Chances are, you’ve got clothes in your closet and drawers that you never or hardly ever wear. And sp
ring cleaning is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and get rid of all the items you don’t really need. It may be tempting to hold onto a shirt or accessory because you think you’re going to wear it someday or because you wear it about once a year but if you don’t really wear something all that often and don’t love it, you should consider donating it to a place like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Sorting through your clothes will not only free up some space in your closets and dresser, but also remind you of items you have and haven’t worn in a while simply because they got pushed back or buried underneath under stuff.
- Sell Your Past Semesters’ Books. You may think you’re going to reread a textbook or other book you bought for a past class but in reality, you probably won’t. Selling your textbooks is a great way to make a bit of money and clear up some shelf or desk space. If you have older versions of textbooks, some of them may still be able to be sold but if not, you can donate them, too. Check out online book buyers or see if other students on campus are interested in taking your old books off your hands.
- Throw Out Old Notes. Sure, many of your notes may be on your computer nowadays but you still probably have handouts, graded assignments, printed readings, and some handwritten notes lying around your apartment. Well, spring cleaning is the time to go through all those papers and documents and throw away the ones you really don’t need to keep. If you’ve got a killer essay that you aced or an interesting handout you’ll read again, then keep those but recycle the rest so you don’t have as much clutter around your desk and apartment.
- Go Through Your Computer. Since most of your notes and other schoolwork is on your computer, it’s a good idea to do some spring cleaning on your Mac or PC, too. Past semesters’ classwork can be deleted or backed up to a place like Dropbox or an external hard drive so you aren’t taking up unnecessary room on your laptop. You can also go through your music, pictures, and other items on your computer and delete whatever you don’t like, don’t use, or don’t need, so you have more room for the rest of spring semester and summer.
- Declutter Your Apartment. If you’ve got other stuff hanging around your apartment and crowding it up, ask yourself if you really need it and if you do, is it in the best location in your apartment? Keeping counters cleared off and having a place for everything will help you keep your apartment organized, clean, and chaos-free — which is a perfect way to kick off your spring.
Use these five tips to clean successfully — both your apartment and you will feel much more decluttered and orderly once you’ve completed your spring cleaning for the season!
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