The birds are chirping, the weather is warming up and you can finally open your windows again! Have you caught the spring cleaning bug yet? There’s something about the change in seasons that motivates you to start cleaning and organizing.
As a student, you barely have time to manage your classes, work, family and any free time you might have left over. Did you know that by taking the time to clean and organize your items you can feel happier and save time?
Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published research that shows people with a cluttered home had trouble being able to focus on things. The clutter limits your ability to process information. So the more clutter you have, the bigger the problem of being able to focus on what you need to do.
Decluttering not only can help improve your ability to think, but it can also save you lots of time. Take for example your closet. With so many options, it takes a while to find something to wear. When in reality, if you had an organized closet, you’d have fewer choices and clutter to go through to find the best outfit for the day.
Getting Your Closet Organized
A few tips to get your closet in the best shape yet.
- Donate anything you haven’t worn in over one year.
- Regularly go through and part with items that are too old, have holes or other issues.
- Use the hanger trick to figure out what you wear. For six months, turn all of your hangers the opposite way. After six months, you’ll easily be able to tell what you have worn and what you have not.
- Slim down your choices. Some people have tried the 33 item wardrobe. Think about the fewer options, the less amount of time you need to think about what exactly you are going to wear.
- Organize items by season and store clothes and shoes that are not in season.
Have a pile of paperwork; you are afraid of digging through? Old school paperwork, bills and more can easily turn into an enormous pile. There are several strategies you can use for paper.
To better structure everything, organize it by putting it into the specific categories:
- Junk or garbage
- Shred anything that has any personal information like account numbers
- Action needed
- File and/or scan
Don’t have a place to store your paperwork, but don’t want to buy an expensive filing cabinet? Search online using buying sites like Craigslist or Facebook groups to find one that someone is parting with. You can easily scoop one up for $15-$20.
Junk Drawer or Cabinet
One of those places you randomly put things just because. The easiest way to organize these areas is to find a large bowl or basket and put everything in it. Sort your items and store in its appropriate place and throw away any stuff you’ve been holding onto for nothing.
Other Spring Cleaning Items
- Check your pantry and throw out items that are expired
- Deep clean your refrigerator and check for expired items
- Clean dryer vents
- Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Clean underneath furniture
- Vacuum inside of furniture
- Check bathroom for expired medications and toiletries
- Organize and delete computer files
- Upload pictures from your cellphone to the computer or the cloud
At Globe University and Minnesota School of Business, student success is at the center of everything we do. We are dedicated to creating an environment both in and outside the classroom that provides not only the best college experience possible but also the hands-on training needed to succeed in the global workforce. From the moment you walk onto campus until long after you graduate, you will find the support and tools you need to achieve your goals.
Happy spring cleaning!
Written by communications manager, Nicole Virant.