Spring technically isn’t due to start until March 20, but Spokane weather is looking up early this year and allowing the perfect opportunity to get that head start on spring cleaning. 

Whether spring cleaning involves getting rid of those clothes that haven’t been worn since high school or taking up meditation to clear the mind, there are many ways to clean up physical and emotional spaces in life.

Cleaning out the closet

There are two options to follow in this situation.

Option 1: Take the most-used route and separate into three piles: “give away," “keep" and “maybe." Keep what is necessary and decide what in that “maybe” pile may come in handy in the NEAR future. If the answer is nothing, then gather the two piles remaining and head off to a donation center once non-essential trips are again encouraged following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest and UGM Thrift Store are local places that will accept those extra clothes. 

Option 2: Head to Netflix and watch episode No. 1 of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” for major inspiration. This show adds a spiritual element to spring cleaning, which may not be for everyone, but shows how to clean the whole house, not just the closet.

Declutter your desk

There is no need to add dozens of plastic organizers in an attempt to organize what is, chances are, the most cluttered surface in your room.

Gather all the loose paper on the surface and decide what is important. Take all the old papers to the garbage and put aside the important papers.

Pick up all the miscellaneous items and again, decide on importance. Throw away the clutter and put the extra items back to where they began the year.

Wipe down the entire surface and decide if the drawers are cluttered enough to sift through as well. 

Finally, stack up all those papers and file them away in their corresponding class folders.

Meditate

Cleaning the mind of clutter can be just as important as cleaning the bedroom.

According to Gaiam, an international yoga corporation, there are four simple steps to mindful meditation.

1. Sit or lie comfortably.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.

4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.

Buy a new plant

There may be no proven fact that purchasing a new plant can relieve stress, but certain plants can help sleep and improve focus.

According to Martha Stewart, jasmine and aloe vera are both proven to improve sleep.

Jasmine’s sweet aroma is responsible for the benefits, and aloe emits a surplus of oxygen during the night, which deepens sleep. 

The oxygen emitted overnight by aloe stimulates the brain by purifying the air in the room. 

Simple actions like these can have just as big of an impact as reorganizing everything in your room, which no college student has the time for. So, remember, a clean mind and room work in tandem with your health.

Charlotte Romero is a contributor. 

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Once you're in quarantine, you may have compiled lots of children’s artwork from time spent indoors. To keep it all organized, sift through it in the spring and frame some of your children’s hard work to put on the walls as colorful pieces of homemade decor. Routinely cleaning your high-touch surfaces with disinfecting wipes, as home maintenance solutions tucson does, and picking up common areas is a good habit to get into and should be a starting point for any spring project. When you start with a clean space, you know you won’t have to deal with dust bunnies and clutter along the way.

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