I don’t know about you, but when I think of Spring Cleaning I think of when I was a kid and my father would wake up one morning and decided it was time to clean the house. And when I say clean the house, I mean the whole damn house. One of my least favorite things involved were taking apart the windows and cleaning them individually and washing the walls.
But besides the physical cleaning of various things in your home, there are so many other areas of your life that you can give a spring clean! I’m going to list some of the places that we might not think of when in a Spring Cleaning fever.
One thing I’m terrible with keeping up with are my two inboxes for my email accounts. I only really use my main email address for most things non-blog related. I use my LMSS email for blog subscriptions, and boy, do I have a lot of those! It’s so easy to forget about that inbox for a day or two and next thing I know there’s over 100 emails piled up and I haven’t even gotten around to reading any!
So go through your inboxes. Unsubscribe from any newsletters you don’t want, and delete any old emails you don’t need or sort them into folders as an archive.
When was the last time you went through your phone contacts and deleted people you haven’t spoken to in years? If you’re me, the answer was never.
I went through my phone contacts and deleted a lot of people whose number I got while in college, but never really spoke to after that. There were two numbers that were a bit hard for me to delete because they had recently passed away and deleting their numbers felt like it made things a little too concrete, but I knew in order to move on I had to.
I got rid of almost 70 people from my contacts that I hadn’t spoken with in years, or hadn’t spoken with ever! I did keep some numbers, like that of my old employer so I have it on had for reference purposes.
I can’t be the only one who accumulates apps on their phone and then never uses them, right?
I literally just went through my phone and deleted a bunch of apps. One picture editing app even let me know support for it was ending soon, so it wouldn’t be updated anymore!
I also threw the apps that come with the phone but I can’t delete (or don’t want to delete because they’re useful but in very specific and rare situations) in a folder together so they don’t take up so much space.
As a photographer, I can accumulate so many files and folders and folders within folders that my laptop can look like a giant mess. When I was at the height of my photography hobby I was deleting tens of thousands of photos before moving the no longer needed ones to an external hard drive. Literally tens of thousands of photos!
Now that I’ve calmed down with the photography, I don’t have to worry about that as much any more, but going through the files I have on my computer (both work and home) and giving it a once over and removing things you don’t need or moving them to a hard drive if they’re needed but not right now is such a great feeling.
I’m more regular with doing this on my work computer because if I don’t, things get cluttered and start to run slow a little too quick for my liking.
As someone with a lot of health issues, I get a lot of bills, health notices, monthly statements, insurance stuff, and so much more.
I have a metal paper holder where I keep the recent ones for them to be filed into my filing box where I keep them for records. You never know when you might need them.
However, there are some things you should keep for specific amounts of time because of various reasons like audits, potentially being billed more than once for the same thing, etc.
Here is a handy chart from creditcard.com about what documents to keep and for how long.
I have to go through my papers because I had been keeping my prescription receipts for my taxes each year. There’s a neat way your pharmacy can compile all of your purchases so I don’t need those. I now have to shred all of those receipts because it contains my personal information. It’s a lot of work, but if you throw on a TV show, movie, or some music in the background, it can go by really quick.
Doing something like a brain dump or free verse writing, where you just write everything and anything that comes to mind, just to get all of your thoughts out on paper can be such a freeing and refreshing.
So to finish off your Spring Cleaning, try doing a mental declutter by writing down all the things that you need to do, or the things that are troubling you, or even just your thoughts for the day.
Have you done any of these types of spring cleaning before? Did I miss any things you might do?
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