Hello lovely reader. Thanks for stopping by.
If spring cleaning + detoxing from clutter is on your mind, I’m right there with you. I’ve made two trips to Plato’s Closet already this season in order to consign items, and donated so many clothes. Spring cleaning can be an emotional process which has the potential to create healing, eliminate stress in your life, and even spark a major confidence boost. In my experience, I have found that a messy room represents what I am tolerating in my life, and cleaning the space creates a sense of healing those emotions. One of the greatest feelings is to live in a clean space and consign/donate clothes in order to clear space for new experiences and opportunities. Still, I am not a neat freak, but working towards that day in my life every step of the way.
Here are some suggestions for you that have helped me in my spring cleaning process.
1) Emotionally detach
It can be hard to give away or part with old clothes and possessions, there is definitely a freeing feeling afterwards. There are many people will be grateful to wear your clothes and appreciate your actions. The process of donating clears space for better opportunities and puts good vibes out there. I own pieces of clothing and jewelry that will always hold sentimental value to me. Even so, certain trends and styles fade in and out, and often during transitional stages in life, updating your personal style is a good idea.
In her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo writes about the art of disgarding items in order to de-clutter your living space. She also writes about the importance of being grateful, loving your clothes and possessions and taking care of them in order for them to last longer.
2) Shift your perspective
Consider what would be possible if you cleared out excess clutter, clothing, and items. What would you have space for? What experiences could come into your life? Is your wardrobe up to date and age-appropriate? If not, do you think there would be space to bring in new pieces? And the big question to face: Is my living space gross?
3) Create dedicated time for your spring cleaning.
Sometimes, to complete a specific task at end, you need to make an appointment with yourself. If that means waking up a bit earlier, or taking a few hours for yourself to clean on the weekend, set your priorities.
4) Find the best resources to consign clothes and items.
Sites like Poshmark, The Real Real, ThredUp, Ebay, and Amazon are great resources to sell clothes and items online. Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange are also two companies with locations around the US, and will pay you on the spot.
5) Donate to a charity you are passionate about.
Dress for Success, Goodwill, The Salvation Army, local shelters, and churches are wonderful places to donate clothes.
6) Have a clothing swap with your friends.
If you invite your friends to join you in a clothing swap, you never know what cute pieces you’ll find- and it’s a super-fun bonding experience. When I was in college, we had a clothing swap one semester in my dorm, and it was fun.
I hope your spring cleaning process is worthwhile and you feel wonderful afterwards. Let me know how it’s going for you in the comments.
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