Year Around Spring Cleaning

The most common time to deep clean around the house and get rid everything that clutters your closest or bedrooms is spring. However recently I’ve felt the burden of just having too much. So many others are lucky to have a different shirt each day of the week at most and I want a different outfit for every day in a month! But lately I’ve been wondering how I’m supposed to put God first when my life is so cluttered. I’ve put together a super helpful list that helps me get rid of so much when I feel like splurge cleaning.

  • Take every single thing out of your closet (it’s going to get messy before it gets neat)
  • Start with the shirts and dresses: I hold up 3-5 things at one time, and get rid of at least one thing out of that group. The things I’m getting rid of either go into things I will sell on Poshmark or go to a pile to a consignment store.
  • While you’re hanging everything back up, look at every single thing. You don’t need two army green jackets, or two sleeveless black dresses! Get rid of one if they’re are similarities.
  • Do a similar process with pants, but just try them on and make sure they fit. If they’re two sizes too big or small, just get rid of them. No point of keeping them around “just incase”
  • Next, move onto shoes, if you haven’t worn them in the last year I promise they really aren’t a staple or a classic. Get rid of them.
  • You can now move on to makeup. If it’s empty or almost empty throw it away! Makeup really does have expired dates; those aren’t just suggestions. They can gather up super harmful chemicals that you’re putting on your face. Get rid of them!
  • Next move to “that corner” or the “junk drawer”, take a huge trash bag and either fill it up or find a place for those things where you’ll actually use them!
  • I struggle with throwing away cards. What if they find out? What if I end up being really good friends with them later. Sure, if they write you a super long sweet letter for your birthday or just to say hello, by all means, keep it! However, if its a generic “Happy Birthday, so glad God put you in my life”, Much Love, Aunt Sally, get rid of it. You’ll get to read the same message for the rest of your birthdays; no point in keeping all of them.

Luke 12:33-34: Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Honestly getting rid of everything can almost become addictive. Yes it’s hard to get rid of those first few shirts but after a few days you won’t even miss it and you’ll be dying to get rid of more!

Elizabeth