The COVID-19 pandemic has sent millions of people around the world into quarantine. Shelter-at-home orders have closed down workplaces and public gatherings, but staying home may have you feeling a little claustrophobic, surrounded by the possessions that you’ve accumulated through the years. This is your cue: it’s time to tackle those projects around the house, help you declutter, and get things in order. Are you ready for your space to feel brand new and for your spirit to be renewed?
Create a focal point to set off the vibe of your newly conceptualized space. The “spark joy” method popularized by Marie Kondo has been a beautiful way to look at your belongings–but when it comes to you bookworms–there’s no way you’ll get rid of those special stories sitting on the shelf. Fortunately, a well-maintained bookshelf can actually be a great focal point for décor if it’s executed well. Try alphabetizing, color-coordinating, or even ordering in unique ways (stacking vertically or ordering by size). Use this newfound cleared-off shelf space or coffee-table space to highlight special art pieces or ceramics you own and make sure it doesn’t get lost among other belongings.
Now that you are a pro shelf organizer, it’s time to show off your skills in the pantry. At this point in your cleaning spree, you’re probably hungry. Head to the kitchen, treat yourself to a well-deserved snack, and get reacquainted with your pantry. Now, take everything off your shelves and toss anything that’s past its prime. (Yes, even pantry staples can expire.) it’s important to spread the contents out and visualize your ideal set-up. Instead of feeling frustrated with the limited space, get creative with different vessels and jars to house your food items. Before placing your items back, make sure to clean and sanitize all shelves, deep corners, and mats to pick up those sticky honey drips and mystery stains.
Spring cleaning was created for closet overhauls. You knew this was coming. Remove every article of clothing and accessory then find a designated space to sort it out piece by piece. Create four clearly defined piles–
Rearrange your bedroom to rejuvenate the energy in your space. Now that your closet is empty and your surfaces are clear of objects, take this time to vacuum, wipe down tabletops, surfaces, and neglected areas. Start planning where and how you’d like your room organized. Envision the layout that works best for your bedroom and measure your furniture to make sure it will fit in the spaces that you want to move it. Depending on the current orientation of your room and your furniture, it’s sometimes easiest to go with an easy axis rotation, shifting things over one “position” or one rotation, and not trying to move mountains. If you’re looking for a little change, but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen, this can be a fast, and simple way of doing it with surprising results.
Get you to your goal. Any task can become very boring without music! Turn up your favorite playlist to keep you motivated. Try to stay on task and keep a clear head; it can be easy to get emotional when it comes to sentimental belongings. If you can’t move something, don’t get frustrated. Ask for help, talk to the people in your family about these projects, and create the plan together. If you’ve decluttered a bunch of stuff, you’ll have a good donation pile that’s just taking up space in a corner of your room and reminding you of those items that were particularly hard to get rid of in the first place. Take a few minutes to box it up and put it in your trunk. Drop it off tomorrow.
See, that wasn’t so hard. Our hope is that you found this process to be effective. It’s a great time to freshen up your surroundings for spring and to give you a sense of pride at your home that now doubles as your office, gym, meditation zone, and cafe. Purging, de-cluttering, reorganizing, and rearranging furniture—can help you feel less cramped and trapped during a long quarantine.