The words “spring cleaning” are usually about as uplifting as “dentist appointment.” But let’s turn that dread on its ear right this minute. Getting rid of all that junk in your closet, garage or basement that’s weighing you down can feel as liberating and energizing as, well, the first day of spring. Don’t overthink it, just get to it. Instead of reaching into your closet and throwing everything onto the bed, only to be exhausted before you even start sorting, work in hour-long increments, completing a small job or section in each. Freedom’s closer than you think.
The Japanese author and de-cluttering phenomenon Marie Kondo says that if an object (item of clothing, book, tool, anything) doesn’t bring you bright and sparkly joy when you look at it, get rid of it. You’ve been holding onto it for the wrong reasons and keeping it around isn’t doing anything for you. It really feels so good to use this idea!
Stop telling stories:
If when you ask yourself the next time you’ll wear or use the clothing or object in question you start spinning elaborate tales, chuck it into the giveaway pile. There is no place in your closet for a dress you’ll definitely wear if you’re ever invited to a full-moon party on a boat in the Caribbean with a roaring ‘20s theme. You don’t need a tray you’ll get out just as soon as a visiting dignitary from a Nepalese think tank stops by for tea and conversation.
Envision its next life:
Someone out there could really use what is just taking up space on your shelves and racks! Think about that sweater being someone else’s favorite and giving her the confidence to score that job interview. Think about that book being a beloved family favorite at someone else’s house. Anything in good shape should be donated.