Happiness starts in the home, but unfortunately it’s an area of our lives that tends to get overlooked while we’re busy worrying about all the other responsibilities in our daily routines. It’s easy to forget to make the bed or to let the laundry pile up when you’ve got an exam, deadline, or important meeting on the mind. But, creating a healthy living space may actually help you stress less. Luckily, it only takes an hour of your day to tidy up + refresh your home [+ crossing each task off your to-do list feels ah-mazing] —
1] MAKEUP PURGE
Ever walked into the beauty aisle + left with *way* more products than you came for? We’ve all been there — + we’ve all probably got a makeup collection that could use a bit of organizing. Lay out everything you’ve got + as a basic rule of thumb, toss what you’ve owned for over a year, like that flavored lip gloss you wore every day in high school + never thought you could part with. Next, organize your makeup by product [eye shadows, mascaras, foundations, bronzers, blushes] + separate the *everyday* items from the rest. Keep these in your main makeup bag, + put the things you’re not using as often into an organizer so they’ll be easy to find when ya need ‘em.
2] CLEAN THE BATHROOM
You don’t have to go for a deep clean here, but paying attention to a few small details makes a huge difference. First, spray open surfaces with bathroom cleaner, letting it settle for a few minutes. Use paper towels + glass cleaner on the mirror[s] + give yourself a smile in that newly shiny reflection ; ). Finally, wipe down the sink + counters with a damp sponge or washcloth — that wasn’t so bad, was it?
3] ORGANIZE THE FRIDGE
By now you probably know the routine — take *everything* out, even the bottle of Kombucha in the door + the baking soda in the top drawer. Use all-purpose disinfectant [or make your own!] to wipe up any old spills + clean removable shelves in the sink or dishwasher. Don’t forget to wipe down the outside of jars + condiments when you reorganize all your food again, + take before // after pics to truly see the difference made by your efforts [+ maybe brag about it to your roomies!].
4] CREATE A BOOKSHELF
Put that extra shelf space in your dorm or apartment to use. Now that it’s getting warmer, maybe you’ve picked up a few used paperbacks for reading outside. Create a visually-appealing space to store all your old favorites + new additions by dusting off an open space + grouping together different books as you please. Bring some character to your space by adding flowers, picture frames, or a DIY mason jar.
These jobs are easy to do + will leave you feeling accomplished. In the hour it normally takes you to watch an episode of The Bachelor, you could instead create a home that’s clean, organized, + leaves you feeling ready for whatever’s outside of it.
+Alyssa (amatts_inchaarg) // UConn CHAARG