Since the weather has decided to stay above 50 degrees for the past three days, I feel comfortable in saying spring is really here (fingers crossed that I’m actually right). Up until now I’ve continued on in winter mode, avoiding all spring related activities (which I was made well aware of when I picked out only black and white pieces for this). But now that the weather has caught up to the season, so must I. This of course includes the usual spring cleaning check-list of packing away the sweaters, shredding old papers, and cleaning out the kitchen cabinets. But there are a couple of other places you should be spring cleaning too.
Beauty Closet// Go through hair products, makeup, nail polish, soaps and lotions. Throw out anything that is expired or hasn’t been used in 6 months. Make notes on anything you are low on, and, if possible, consolidate (i.e. if you have two of the same lotion try to incorporate them into one container). Switch out heavier body butters for lighter lotions, change your shampoo to suit your summertime hair needs, and switch out lipsticks for lip gloss. In the nail polish department, go through and clean out any polishes that have separated, started to turn yellow at the top or that have become gooey.
Sock & Underwear Drawer// Ok, I know this might be an awkward place to venture, but a little awkward never stopped me before (which probably isn’t saying much because I’m an incredibly awkward person). Anyways…..the biggest thing here is to get rid of any socks missing their mate. We all know and have those socks and we all hang on to them for far too long, desperately awaiting the return of its long-lost love, er sock (sorry, my hopeless romantic side got carried away). But it’s time to put a ‘sock’ to all this and just move on already! Instead of tossing the lonely socks make sure you switch them over to dusting duty. Also, clean out and remove anything else that has lost its stretch or has gotten holes (pantyhose, underwear, sports bras, regular bras). Remember, most of these items really only have a lifetime of a year.
Craft Closet// I don’t know about you but after lots of crafting (especially from the holidays), my craft closet can be a bit of a mess. I like to go through and get rid of any loose scraps that haven’t been used up, check for dried paint and glue, see that my markers haven’t dried out, roll loose string up in balls, and make sure I have essentials like tape, pens, and glue.
Handbags// Us ladies have gotten into this simultaneously genius/dumb habit where we switch bags for every occasion. Genius because our bags always match our outfit, dumb because something always, without fail, gets left in the wrong bag. After months of switching bags, there can be quite a few things that ‘go missing’, but if you clean out your bags, you just might be surprised at what you find (a favorite bracelet you thought had gone missing, that lipstick shade you so desperately wanted to wear 2 months ago, an old Mickey D’s wrapper reminding you of the one time you thought you were still in college and attempted to have more than 2 drinks….).
Magazine Rack// We all hang onto magazines for far too long, saying we will reread an article or bookmarking something we just have to get/try/cook but then never do. Take a few hours to go through your pile, cut out anything worth saving, and then, unless it’s Vogue, toss everything else into the recycling bin. Then take your clippings and put recipes in a recipe box, craft ideas in the craft closet, workout routines by your workout gear (I keep a binder by my weights filled with different routines I’ve pulled from magazines over the years) and inspiration pieces on a bulletin board.
Jewelry// Of course, you always think to go through your closet and shoes while spring cleaning, but did you remember your jewelry? As with your clothes, get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year (unless it’s a sentimental piece). Check for missing parts and pieces…if an earring no longer has a partner and it’s not something that can easily be replaced, it’s time to let it go (a lot of times I take old jewelry pieces and make them into new jewelry pieces, i.e. an earring on a dainty chain becomes a necklace). Don’t forget to untangle any necklaces and bracelets, and if necessary, find new or additional ways to store them (like this cool DIY).
Spice Cabinet// My spices always start out nicely organized, but after a night in the kitchen they end in disarray and I can’t even tell what I have and don’t have anymore. Take time to relabel or repackage things (I put all my spices in small glass canisters now), throw away items that you are unsure of or anything that has lost its potency, and make a list of anything you need to stock up on. Keep in mind the different spices you use depending on the season as you write your list of what you need to get.
How do you do your spring cleaning? Any special tips?