Tidying your room is not just a double-edged sword; there’s like 30 of those fuckers on there. On one hand, it’s kind of fun and satisfying. For an hour. Then your mind starts to begin to resemble Pandora’s Box and all sorts of ideas and inspiration burst forth and –
Oh, you aren’t tidying anymore.
Or you find an old diary, or book. Or you think “I’ll just have a ten minute break” that turns into a Game Of Thrones binge (#BOATSEX) and 8 hours later you’re still sitting in a messy room, wondering how you got here.
Hello, beautiful people – today we’re going to be going to be clearing out your room. Why? Because it’s Spring and we all know that means spring cleaning.
Today’s post is number six in my collab month – and it is with the brilliantly fun Bayance. If you haven’t checked out her blog . . . well, you are missing out. Some bloggers just have oodles of personality and she is definitely one of them! We are each bringing you some spring cleaning room tips – and then, on the 17th, a cute room DIY! Make sure you check out her post.
First off – here are my top two tips:
1. Vacuum bags for clothes.
This, my dear friends, is a total game changer. Seriously – it takes the mess in your room and divides it into a quarter of the horrific mountain it once was. What am I talking about? Vacuum storage bags.
What I have started doing (and completely swear by) is organise my wardrobe by season (winter, spring, summer, autumn and versatiles). Stick all your summer stuff into one vacuum bag, label it as summer, and stick in storage. Same for all the seasons you aren’t currently in. That way, your clothes haven’t been thrown away – but they aren’t cluttering up your room.
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Look at that difference! You can imagine how much space you can save by packing your clothes away in these bad boys – plus, it just really helps to have clothes there’s no chance of you wearing moved out from under your feet.
Then, when the seasons change and you need items more suited for Spring or Summer, you can unpack your vacuum-packed clothes, be treated to the wardrobe you forgot existed and shove all your clothes from the previous season in the newly freed bag.
2. Sell old stuff on Ebay or a Cash For Clothes Service
I know this probably sounds completely bizarre, but it honestly works great. I managed to get rid of so much clutter just by sticking old clothes into a massive sack, someone then collected them (for free!) from me and I got paid. Easy as pie.
Here are the rest of my tips . . .
Tip #1 – Block out a day for tidying your room – and tidy during the day, while motivated by natural light
Tip #2 – Buy yourself something nice (okay, well nice and storage related) to put in your room
I know it sounds weird, but there’s nothing that motivates me to tidy my room more than knowing that I’ve got a great piece of room furniture waiting to be put up. That being said, I’m not recommending you buy junk – maybe a desk or a chest of drawers.
Tip #3 – DESTROY Distractions
Baby brother? Obliterated.
Tip #4 – Make a kick-ass “get pumped” playlist to keep the motivation going!
Music makes everything better.
Tip #5 – As with studying, abide by the strict “tidy for a set amount of time, have a set break, then come back and tidy – and do not let the two overlap”
The app Forest is fantastic for this; it allows you to block off sections of time (say 45 minutes) and not touch your phone. If you do touch your phone, your tree dies. The more you’re able to do these blocks of time, the more trees your forest grows. It’s incredibly satisfying.
Tip #6 – Divide your room into sections and allocate time and an order to each.
Tip #7 – Make an action plan. Generals don’t go into battle without preparation.
This is a war, you vs. your messiness. Personally, what helps me is:
- Do an initial sweep and just toss any rubbish into a black bag
- Start organising what needs to be cleared out
- Any washing that needs to be done, start it now
- Tidy each section of your room
Tip #8 – Give yourself a reward system. Because we’re all little kids that need the promise of ice cream to do our chores.
Secretly want to binge watch Try Guys on Youtube? (First of all: justifiable. Have you seen Eugene’s face? Worth the binge.) Get one section of your room done . . . and watch a video. Or buy that dress you don’t need, but really want.
Tip #9 – Recruit outside help
If there’s someone willing to help you, a second pair of eyes and hands always helps!
Okay, my beautiful children, those are my spring cleaning tips done! If you’d like some more, don’t forget to check out the wonderful Bayance’s post.
In case you missed my “What’s Coming Up In Spring!” post, this is one of an entire month of collab posts! (Exciting stuff, right?) Make sure you’re checking in regularly to discover some awesome new content creators – and some awesome new content. Remember, if you want to get involved, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, don’t forget to check out my 2,000 follower blog giveaway! It’s international, I have awesome things up for grabs – and you can enter all the way until April 30th.
Are you guys getting your spring clean on? What are your favourite tips for tidying up your room? Have you tried any of the ones I recommended? Let me know your thoughts down below!