Happy Monday & April! I got to thinking this weekends about how I was in the mood for some cleaning. Yes, as cliche as it seems, I wanted to clean out this spring. Many partake in cleaning this time of year, aka “spring cleaning” as a way to prepare for the warmer months. I think this is one of those rituals that make us feel like we are detoxing or cleansing in some way, shape or form. There are many areas that we can clean this spring and you don’t have to stick to my list but I figured I’d share with you what I’m cleaning.
Keep, Trial, Donate & Trash
As I clean this spring (don’t worry this is NOT all happening overnight), I will be putting things into categories to simplify and to clarify what needs to stay vs. go. I learned some techniques from listening to Marie Kondo’s Book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ” but found it a bit too much for me. I’m not ready to completely clean house, more looking to “get things in more of an order then they are currently are” type of clean.
Here are the 4 categories I’ve come up with to help me clean this year (with examples from my kitchen):
Keep: These are items or concepts that I am keeping and have no question that they are important in my life. It should be an easy yes with no questions, ifs, ands, or buts.
Example: Instant Pot, I use this weekly and don’t see getting rid of it any time soon.
Trial: These are things or concepts that I’m not 100% sold on but not ready to give up. When I go to donate/throw out I second guess. When I ask for others opinions, they are also on the fence.
Example: Slow Cooker–I rarely use it now that I have an Instant Pot and am questioning if I need it anymore as it takes up space and collects dust. It can be helpful with meal prep and is always good to have on back up. It’s put in the trial category for obvious reasons.
Donate: These are things that are no longer working for me but might work for others.
Example: canned food items that are not expired but just aren’t my cup of tea. No reason for me to keep these on hand if I’m never going to use them and someone else could get a meal from them!
Trash: These are items that won’t serve anyone, goodbye, so long, farewell!
Example: Condiments from years past. While I don’t mind going past expiration on some things, going YEARS beyond expiration is probably good for no one.
Let’s take a peek into my spring cleaning, shall we?
The 7 Areas I’m Spring Cleaning This Year
When Bode was a puppy, we were sleep deprived and he realized the fridge needed a cleaning before we did
I figured I’d let you in on what I’m cleaning up this year both as a way to inspire and as a way to hold myself accountable. I tend to be a bit of a neat freak when it comes to some areas of my life but others I let get way out of control, so let’s clean up together.
This one is pretty cliche but definitely necessary. My friend Alex from home always told me she followed the rule that if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, get rid of it. I am notorious for still wearing things from high school and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is the fact that there are clothes in there that I keep saying I’ll wear and never do. Time to donate!
Not to mention, if something doesn’t fit right, stop trying to fit in it. Most of you know my lat muscles are ginormous. I have no shame in them but let me tell you, some shirts are just NEVER going to work. Instead of hoping that one day they will, let’s just all agree we need to buy clothes that fit, not try to fit in clothes that we bought (centuries ago).
This one is more of a bi-monthly ordeal for me. I live in my kitchen so I prefer it to be tidy. Going through your kitchen periodically can save you money, give you ideas for meals and make sure you aren’t poisoning you or your family/friends with years-old Mayo (looking at my friend NICOLE here).
Not to mention, my mom’s friend (an interior designer) always mentioned that people cook more when they enjoy their kitchen space and don’t feel cluttered. I have a pretty tiny kitchen (I want a ginormous kitchen one day) and so it can fell pretty cluttered most days. My goal here is to not only clean out the refrigerator and pantry but also the cabinets and figure out what to keep, trial, donate or trash to make cooking in my kitchen more enjoyable.
You knew this was coming, right? Even I need some cleaning up to my diet. I have started a small challenge with a few friends as a way to keep myself and them accountable for what they are eating this month. I’m by no means perfect with my diet and things like holidays, travel and events can even derail me. This month I’m looking to cut back on sugar, focus more on protein and add more variety to my diet.
I have been pretty consistent with my CrossFit training over the past few months and I have no real complaints here. However, I realize that I have a few areas that I’ve been neglecting. I want to stop avoiding my weaknesses (i.e. STRENGTH EVERYTHING) and add in longer duration lower intensity workouts (i.e. running & swimming) to help with recovery and improve endurance. On top of all of that, I need to improve my posture & mobility, so those need to be cleaned up ASAP.
Can someone say crumb-central?! Yikes! I’ve been traveling a lot in my car over the past year and let me tell you, sometimes meals happen in the car. Well, you wouldn’t have to guess that if you ride in my car. There are no good excuses here, just need to clean out the car, vacuum it and perhaps give it a good ol’ car wash.
You may not notice it but man my website has some catching up to do. There are some things I love that I’m keeping, other things that I’m trialing and then still others that need to be tossed in the trash ASAP. Stay tuned for some new features, a better about me section, a resource page and much more! Open to any suggestions you might have!
This is a BIG one. I am trying to hold on to my current phone as long as possible. To do so, I need to stay on top of cleaning out photos, videos, apps, and other memory sucking items. I back up my photos in Google Photos but I could use some tips for cleaning out my phone ASAP. Please send help & ideas.
Get the whole family involved!
No one should be left out, it’s a team effort to clean a house, diet, fitness routine, etc.
Spring Cleaning Dos & Donts
DO schedule a time to clean. Put it on the calendar. We are cleaning out closets, cars & kitchen this weekend, for example.
DON’T impulsively throw things out. See above tip! Schedule a time so that you can clearly think through decisions.
DO prioritize. Start with the area that is in most dire need of cleaning. For us, it’s our closet (no joke).
DON’T be ashamed to get help. I know plenty of people who hire cleaning services to help them either get things in line and/or keep them that way! Your time is money and if you don’t have that time, pay someone who does and who will do it better than you!
DO have fun with it! I have always made cleaning fun by putting on music, opening windows (if not the arctic circle outside), cracking a drink and encouraging others to help.
DON’T have regrets. If you put something into one of the categories above, don’t regret it, it’s just not worth it! As long as it wasn’t some family keepsake, you’ll live!
Happy Spring, now get to cleaning!
What needs some Spring Cleaning in your life?! Let me know in the comments.