The spring equinox is a great time to declutter your home. Here's howAh, spring. Time to declutter and deep clean. Life Kit has episodes to help — from your kitchen to your closet all the way to your photo albums.
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The long winter is over. As spring settles in and longer days commence, Life Kit has some ideas to help you nurture that seed of "fresh start" energy that starts to sprout this time of year.
First things first, it's OK to start small. Taryn Williford, a lifestyle editor at Apartment Therapy, suggests giving yourself a "bite-sized task" to begin. "We might kick off an entire whole home decluttering project by just cleaning out one drawer," she says.
It's physics! Remember Newton's first law: An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Once you get going, it might be hard to stop. Now, onward to spring cleaning, organizing, decluttering and letting go of whatever might be weighing you down.
Millions of Americans moved last year, and even more are thinking about relocating during 2021. If that was you, we hope you've nested. If you're still thinking about it, may we suggest a little decluttering first. The lighter your load, the better off you'll be. Even if you're staying put, here's an idea for a fun downsizing activity: moving expert Ali Wenzke suggests "shopping" among things you already own to pick out what you really want to keep.
Say goodbye to older garments
It can feel good to whittle down your closet. Consider one of these routes to finding a new home for your old clothes: organize a clothing swap with friends or sell your unneeded items on resale sites like ThredUp, Poshmark, Depop or The Real Real. Here's more advice on cultivating a sustainable closet and mindfully parting with what you no longer need.
Maybe you've been putting off a big clean during quarantine. After all, if there are no guests around to notice dust bunnies, do they really exist?! They do. And besides, you deserve to enjoy a clean home as much as any visitor. So, throw open a window, put on a playlist, and gather your supplies. This list should get you started: an all-purpose cleaner, a disinfectant, a window cleaner, microfiber cloths, a scrub brush, a duster, a mop and a vacuum or broom. Here's how to clean any space.
There's no better time than tax season to take stock of your spending. Keeping tabs on where your money goes is a good first step to cutting back on spending and saving more. If you want to tap into the empowering — yes, empowering! — possibilities of budgeting, this episode is for you.
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