As we begin any new chapter in our lives, whether it’s starting college, our first *adult* job or moving into our first apartment, it can be hard to let things go. Sure, these new things may be exciting, but sometimes we cling to the past longer than we should. This nostalgia can lead to an excessive amount of clutter. Too many clothes, pictures + random nick-nacks no longer serve a certain purpose, but we cling to them anyways. In order to remain #inCHAARG of your life, it’s important for your work and living spaces to be as clean and organized as possible.
1] MAKE IT FUN
Pro tip when cleaning: make a killa playlist . Turn up the music, grab a friend + get ta werk!
2] HAVE A FITIONISTA DETOX
Too often, we keep things that we rarely use//wear. Start by going through your closet + getting rid of the items you don’t need. Ask yourself, *Have I worn this in the past six months?* + *Does this make me feel good or confident in myself?* If the answer to either of those is no, then toss it.
3] LABEL, LABEL, LABEL
Labels can turn a messy person into an organized person in no time. Try sorting things into boxes + labeling them accordingly — Seasonal clothes, shoes, assorted pictures, books, etc. Organizing each of these things into their appropriate boxes can free up plenty of space.
4] CREATE MORE DESK SPACE
Start by taking everything off of your desk [especially that week old Starbucks cup!] Throw away the trash + only put your most essential items back. Organize the rest into drawers + boxes. Things you may only use occasionally do not need to be taking up room. Put them away + only bring them out when you need them!
5] UTILIZE THE ALMIGHTY POWER OF CLOROX
One thing we should all do more: actually *clean* our most used surfaces. We’re not talking wiping them down with whatever towel is nearby, but actually cleaning them, with those products your mom used religiously. Buy some Clorox wipes + go to town! At least once a week you should be wiping down your desk, dresser, nightstand, etc. You’ll be surprised at how good being clean feels!
6] CLEAR OUT THAT INBOX
Make yourself a little more familiar with the unsubscribe button. Do you *really* need emails from that store you happened to stumble into once? Most likely, no. Make sure the emails you’re receiving are both necessary + important. A clean inbox can save you a lot of time.
7] START SMALL
So you don’t like organizing? Not a problem. Assign yourself one thing to do each day if you’d rather not tackle it all at once. For example — Day 1] clean off your desk. Day 2] clean out your inbox. Breaking it down to smaller increments makes cleaning much more manageable.
8] TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
If there are certain things you can’t let go, that’s okay! Grab a box + set aside the items that you truly don’t want to get rid of. If the box fills up, go through it + decide what matters most. It’s okay to save things, but try not to hoard them.
At the end of the day, there will be certain things you want to keep or feel you can never part with. Just keep the phrase “less is more” at the front of your mind ; ) Work to make new healthy habits + stick to them! All of us define the word *mess* differently, but if you learn to clear the clutter, you may find yourself much more #inCHAARG of your life.
+ Katie [kk_inchaarg] // Michigan State University