The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Check List
The flowers are blooming, the skies are blue, the sun is warm, and it’s finally starting to smell like what I imagine Chrissy Teigen’s hair to smell like: Springtime. We know there’s this overwhelming sense of urgency lingering in the air, but we think it’s time for some spring cleaning that goes deeper than the surface.
Here’s a checklist of some easy, and some not so easy, tasks to get your life refocused and back on track.
1. Get your car detailed.
We made this #1 because it’s the easiest. Find a place close by that will detail your car for you. If you tell yourself you’ll do it next weekend, or when you have time, it will never happen. Plus, if you have someone else do it, you’ll force yourself to finally bring in those shoes you threw in the backseat 2 months ago. You may even find that receipt you were looking for.
Do it for all the times you and your coworkers go out for lunch and one of them says, “I’m almost out of gas. Can we just take your car?”
2. Click “Unsubscribe.”
Ever woken up in the morning to 26 emails from companies you’ve never even heard of? CUZ SAME. It’s so easy to say, “I’ll just unsubscribe the next time they send me an email,” but why not do it now? Sit down at your computer, open your email, and take 20 minutes to click the “Unsubscribe” button.
YOU CAN DO THIS. THEY NEED YOU, BUT YOU DON’T NEED THEM.
3. Check in with your boss.
This one is always a little iffy, but so so worth it in the end. If you’re feeling a little lost, a little behind, or a little unsure of your overall performance, send them a quick email and ask them for some one on one time. 9 out of 10 times they will say yes, and if they say no, try again another time. Don’t let office gossip or the performance of those around you, affect the way you handle your business.
Even if they can’t dedicate a ton of time to you, every little bit counts. It’s a great way to adjust your work priorities and show your boss that you really care about your work.
4. Clean up your desktop.
If your desktop looks like this…
you may already be too far gone….
HAHA Just kidding, we love you. You’re only human. Take 30 minutes to an hour to really deal with this. First, right click that b*tch and ask your desktop to sort by “Date last Modified.” Now, work backwards. Go to the things you haven’t touched in months and ask yourself, “What is this? Where is it going? How can I give it structure?” From there, you can create new folders, get rid of the things you don’t need, and find a place for those newer files that you added on top of the mess.
5. Buy *that* metal straw.
It’s 2019. We aren’t using single-use plastic and neither should you. Here, we’ll even do the work for you. CLICK THIS LINK AND BUY. It’s a simple, soul-relieving change and more importantly, an environmentally friendly one. Think of all the ‘lil baby turtles you’re going to save.
6. Take some clothes to Goodwill.
Take a goooooooood look at your closet and pull out anything that doesn’t fit at this very moment. Yes, even the jeans you’re hoping to fit in post-period bloat. You shouldn’t hold on to any piece of clothing that doesn’t make you feel good, just as you are.
Think about this:
1. It takes a lot of hard work, time, and dedication to lose weight. By the time you get to your goal weight, those pants may not be in style anymore.
2. There are a lot of people out there who need those back-of-the-drawer sweaters more than you do. Since you’re not wearing them…
3. If you get a receipt from Goodwill, you can deduct it from next year’s taxes.
7. Empty your inbox.
TBH, this is the most difficult task to overcome. The little red circle that hovers over your mail app is worse than the 13 missed calls from your mom when you stayed out too late in high school. And to those of you that have 13,578 unread messages… are you okay? Blink twice if you need help.
Here’s a good list within a list to help you decide what to keep, and what to delete.
Keep: Email chains, personal bills and notices, coupon codes, digital receipts, etc.
Delete: Spam, old calendar invites/acceptances, old task reminders, social media (including LinkedIn) updates, etc.
8. Update your monthly budget.
Again, this is a difficult one and it’s going to take some time, but financials come first. All self-care Sundays, Starbucks lattes, and things that keep people from going insane, will be put on the back burner if they aren’t properly planned for. If you take a good look at where your money is going, you can make executive decisions that benefit your past (debt), present (bills), and future (goals).
If you’re having trouble motivating yourself, take a seat in front of the computer and open up Pinterest. Type in something generic like, “Best Travel Destinations 2019,” and make a mental list of all the places you want to go. Open a new tab and look up flight costs from your current location to your dream destination. Take that number, crunch some initial numbers, and go back to your budget. The best time to make a plan is when you’re really in it and when you’re feeling the most optimistic.
Don’t know where to start? Check out these easy to use budget templates.
9. Start saying, “No.”
If you invite your friend out to dinner for some girl time and she says, “Can my boyfriend come?” You can say no.
If you’re a freelancer, and your client comes to you with some crazy, out-of-contract request, you can say no.
If your judge-y manicurist asks, “Don’t you need a wax? Your eyebrows look a little long.” You can say no. Rude.
If a stranger corners you in the grocery store and asks you out in the creepiest way possible, you can say no.
If your coworker emails you on your day off and asks you to come back in, you can say no.
There is a lot of power in, “No,” or, "No, thank you.” If you need a break, or if you really believe in something, you have every right to decline a request. Think about what it will do for you. Does it benefit both parties? Or does it only benefit them? If any of these tips are going to cleanse your mind, body and soul, it’s this one. You do you, boo boo.
10. Try a new routine.
#10 is really broad, but we kinda like it that way. It can and should be anything you want it to be. Maybe it’s trying out a new breakfast supplement, or switching up your gym schedule from morning to night, or maybe it’s something as simple as checking in with your loved ones more often. If you treat the simple things in life with a little love, your outlook will start tracking upward. You’ll find less to complain about, and find more to be thankful for.
If all it takes is shifting one daily task or one monotonous chore, do it. Your mental, emotional, and physical well-being are the factors that only you have control over.
Face the things you’re avoiding. Fold that pile of laundry in the corner. Call your mom. Open up about your struggles. Eat some frozen yogurt. Take a walk. Bring your lunch to work. Do what you need to do. Now…