Step into spring with a clean slate: How to effectively spring clean and destress

April Federico, Herald Reporter

Believe it or not, there are less than 20 days left of the semester! And it looks like spring is finally here, so it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some ways to “spring clean” different areas of your life:

1.)     Take some stuff home with you before it’s time to move out! 

If you’re a resident, and you live semi-close to home, you can most certainly pick some stuff in your room to take home with you prior to moving out. That way, you have nothing to do at the very last minute and you can fit more stuff in your car (and not inconvenience your parents by having them drive up). Start by taking home the things you don’t think you will use for the rest of the school year, like winter clothes and other miscellaneous stuff in your room you hardly use. Get rid of any scarves, hats, and puffy coats, because I think it is safe to say spring is here to stay. 

2.)    Clean up your social media.

It doesn’t hurt to do a little spring cleaning from the toxicity of your obnoxious ex, or people you went to middle and high school with that you’re still friends with on Facebook or follow on Instagram. Do some spring cleaning by knowing your worth and not giving your attention to people who simply don’t deserve it anymore. Don’t feel bad hitting the unfollow button on people that you wish to leave in the past. It feels so good afterwards and gives you power to keeping moving forward!

3.)    Take a break from social media altogether.

For some people, or most people, this could be one of the hardest things to do because it has become such an addiction. There is an increase in the number of people with depression, and some speculate that these rising numbers are partially linked to overuse of social media. It could be tempting at times to check Facebook and scroll through your Instagram feed. But whatever happened to reading a good book and writing a bit of poetry? Maybe journal about your experience of not using social media. As Henry David Thoreau said, “Simplify!” You’ll feel lighter without photos of people shoving their life in your face. 

4.)    Clean out your closet (and your refrigerator).

If you have items in your closet that you barely even wear/wore throughout the school year, it’s time to say your goodbyes. There’s a thrift shop off of State Street in Bristol that will gladly take your clothes and sell them to those who will wear them! Instead of getting rid of clothes all together, make them into something new with a pair of scissors and some creativity. Also, you might be neglecting the uneaten food items in your refrigerator. Chances are, they could have gone bad at this point in time. Time to throw those out before they really start to stink up your room! 

It’s important for our mental health to take time to de-stress our lives. Whatever that means for you, I hope you find peace in your daily life this spring!