I don’t know if something shifts in us biologically that makes us want to be tidier in the springtime, but I am feeling it! I am a mother of a little dragon and so it is exceptionally challenging to do an entire home deep clean while also caring for her. However, there are at least 4 things that I absolutely dismiss as soon as the temperature hits about 55 degrees.
#1: Winter Coats
Nothing creates more visual clutter than seeing a mountain of coats and various winter accoutrements piled up. The first step of my spring cleaning journey is to ship these things off to the the dry-cleaner and tuck them out of sight until next winter. Before I store our winter clothing, I take stock of which items we did not touch all winter and start a donation pile.
#2: Winter Vibes Makeup & Nail Polish
When the seasons shift, I love to switch up my makeup to include more rich reds and warm browns, but I know that I won’t touch some of those items until autumn rolls around again. Not to mention, most makeup has a shelf-life of about 3 months, so now would be as good a time as any to toss them. Don’t hold onto makeup until next autumn or winter. I did this in college and I promise you the breakouts aren’t worth it.
#3: Hair & Skincare Products
In the same vein of makeup and nail polish, this is a great time to revisit your hair and skincare routines. I know that I am not alone in experiencing shifts in my hair and skin temperament when the seasons change. My skin and hair are significantly more dry in the winter, which requires me to moisturize like a madwoman. In the summer my skin loses-it and it gets ridiculously oily, which requires a switch-up in my routine.
#4: Lonely Pairs
Jo & I joked that we were going to start a mismatched sock line called “Lonely Pairs,” because that’s all we seem to find when looking for our socks. When you’re spring cleaning this is a great time to round-up those lonely pairs and toss them. This goes for socks, tupperware, bed linens, and anything else that needs a missing part in order to function properly.