11 Areas To Focus On If You Want A Thorough Spring Cleaning

11 Areas To Focus On If You Want A Thorough Spring Cleaning

Even the messiest among us can benefit from tidying these things.

With warmer weather very slowly approaching, spring cleaning season is almost upon us. The urge to revamp one's space can be overwhelming, especially after spending so much time indoors during the winter.

If you're feeling the need to refresh and reorganize, there are a ton of ways you can do this. After all, spring cleaning isn't just about switching up your closet (though that never hurts either).

For your most thorough clean, here are some things you can focus on.

1. Your Closet

Even though spring cleaning isn't solely about reorganizing your clothes, it's definitely a helpful part of the process. When the temperature goes up, you won't want to reach into your closet and pull out a fuzzy sweater or giant flannel.

Now is the time to throw all your heavy clothing and boots into storage. Hang those short sleeve pieces in your closet, put your sandals out and await that sunshine. (OK, maybe keep a few warm pieces in there...)

2. Your cabinets

Sometimes, giving everything in your home its own space can work against you. Snacks go in the top right cabinet, so you throw them in - never to be seen again. Medicine lives behind the bathroom mirror, to be forgotten by next week.

Are you seeing a trend here?

It's so easy to forget about the junk you throw into the cabinets and drawers in your home. But if you don't want to find expired food and drugs this time next year, you might want to purge these during your Spring cleaning process.

3. Your media organizers

Most of us collect some sort of media. Books, video games, DVDs - our interests have a tendency to pile up around us. And even though we also buy storage units to hold these, those organizers can become messy and overfilled over time. Ironic, isn't it?

The fact is, sometimes we buy too much stuff. And even our shelves and storage bins need cleaning every so often. Go through your media, and get rid of what you don't need or use anymore.

Then rearrange the rest!

4. Your messy car

The phrase Spring cleaning automatically brings to mind a sweep of your entire home, but there are other places that could probably use a one over as well. Some of us spend almost as much time in our cars as we do our homes, so that would be a prime place to start.

Even if you make the effort to keep your car pristine, dirt and dust accumulate over time. And if you're in an area that's seen a lot of snow the past few months, the outside of your car probably isn't looking too hot either.

If you're anything like me, car cleaning might mean more than just a car wash. All those jackets and sweaters strewn about your backseat? Time to bring them inside. You'll thank yourself later.

5. Your workspace

Unless you're very lucky (and wealthy), you probably do some work from time to time. Student or full-time employee, it's also likely that you have a place where most of the magic happens. This could be your desk at work, your desk at home or somewhere else entirely.

Wherever the work happens to occur, the mess usually follows. Papers get thrown about, to do lists drag along the floor - you get the picture.

If your workspace has gotten to this point, it could impact your productivity. And no one wants that. So make it a point to ditch any unnecessary documents and organize anything else laying around. It'll do wonders for your output.

6. Your everyday bag

Many of us carry our stuff around in some sort of bag. It could be a purse, backpack or even a briefcase. And I don't know about you guys, but my bags get messy real quick.

It's probably better to make cleaning your bag a frequent habit, but you can totally begin that habit during your Spring cleaning extravaganza. Throw out that garbage you've left in there for weeks, put your spare change in a jar and only leave the essentials.

And if you're lucky, you might even be able to find your keys next time you go digging through your bag.

7. Your planner

If you have a planner or calendar, Spring is a great opportunity to clean it up. Any post-it notes you've covered the pages with or papers you've thrown in there for safekeeping can be evaluated. If you don't need them anymore, get rid of them.

If you don't have a planner or calendar, I don't know how you do it. Your Spring cleaning goal is to pick one up.

8. Your Inbox

Tell the truth. Do you have over 100 e-mails in your inbox, either read long ago or never to be read at all? Whichever category they fall into, it's unlikely you'll open most of them again. So why not clean up your digital space?

Digital clutter affects us more than we realize and emptying your inbox might lead to a decrease in stress you didn't know you needed.

And speaking of digital clutter...

9. Your computer folders

Many of us also save a ton of crap to our computers without paying much mind to where it all goes. File folders with silly names clog up our computer space, and half of us don't even know what's in them.

If this experience sounds familiar to you, you might want to make time to go through your storage. Transfer old photographs and documents to a USB and dump all the essays and memes you'll never use again.

And the documents you plan on keeping? Start clearly labeling them and putting them in order.

10. Your mental space

This point is a little out of the ordinary, but it can be a necessary thing to tackle after a dreary winter. After all, who doesn't get stressed and frazzled by the time Spring rolls around? (It isn't just me, is it?)

The execution of this point will be different for everyone. Some of us might benefit from taking some time off to reflect and recharge, while others may try meditation or an increase in exercise.

However, you go about it, clear your mind. You can refill it with stress and melodrama again later.

11. Your yearly goals

The coming of Spring also signals the fact that we're already a quarter of the way through the year. Those New Year's resolutions you already forgot about? It could be time to reevaluate them.

In all seriousness, the quarter mark is a great time to look closely at your goals again. Figure out why you're having trouble meeting the ones you haven't completed. And find new ways to improve upon the ones you've made progress with.

Why wait until 2019 to up the ante on your goal setting, when you can do it this month?

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

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Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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