The Idea Of “Spring Cleaning” Is Useless And We Should Just Get Rid Of It

The Idea Of “Spring Cleaning” Is Useless And We Should Just Get Rid Of It

Throw it out with the rest of those clothes that don't fit anymore.


When I was younger I used to hate cleaning my room. With a fiery passion that rivaled the sun on the hottest summer day.

There were periods of time when I was in high school where I couldn't even see the slightest hint of carpeting under the solid layer of clothes, shoes, and general debris occupying a majority of my floor space. I had developed this tiptoe maneuvering strategy that was executed with enough balance and grace to make even the most practiced ballerina turn green with envy.

But then I went off to college.

All of a sudden there was so much new, free space that I had to occupy with an overwhelming amount of THINGS. So naturally I took advantage of that. Coming from a person who feels most at home in spaces that look "comfortably lived-in," I filled all of the empty spaces I could with pieces of home and new memories.

Now that I've graduated, I'm in the process of moving back home and I've discovered that there is not nearly enough room to accommodate the volume of clothes, books, and trinkets that I've stockpiled over the last four years now that everything is in one room again.

The smartest (and most obvious choice) for my present situation after pitifully trying to force clothes that won't fit into my closet was to do a bit of a "spring clean."

But oh, Vanessa, a "spring clean" you say? It's summer! It's June! I would hardly say that this qualifies as spring.

While I was forced into a "spring" clean, I got to thinking that the idea that you only really need to clean out what you don't want, need, or use once a year is detrimental to having a clean home and a clutter free space.

If you only declutter your house once a year (like you might be tempted to do by convincing yourself that you only need to clean in the spring) it's so easy to find yourself up to your elbows in your own mess. All the while staring glumly at that one corner in your bedroom that seems to attract crumpled cardigans, lone socks, and the motivation to tidy up that left you the moment you designated spring time as the only time to clean.

Spring clean. Summer clean. Winter clean. Autumn clean. Monthly clean. Biweekly clean.

Do whatever it is you need to do keep your home devoid of clutter and just wait and watch for your head to feel clearer and your heart to feel lighter.

This has been a long-winded way of telling myself that I need to step up my cleaning game. And a challenge to step up yours too.

So say "bye bye spring clean," and say hello to a new outlook on what it means to keep up a constant effort to be free of clutter.

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If Basic College Majors Were Their Already-Failed New Year's Resolutions

These were all set up to be major failures, anyway.

February is off to the races, and for most of us, that means our New Year's Resolutions have already been broken numerous times. Your major gives a lot of insight into what type of person you are, what resolutions you set and which you've already broken, so let's see what you've failed this year, shall we?

Journalism: "I'm going to journal every night!"

Yeah, you love writing and documenting your life in a journal seems like a great idea! The story of your life, right?! Wrong. Your life is boring and writing "went to class and six meetings today" is not great journal material.

Communication: "I'm going to call my family once a week!"

Communicating with people is your major, so this one makes a ton of sense until it is Sunday night on week three and you realize you haven't called anyone yet.

Pre-Med: "I'm going to get more sleep!"

Who are you kidding? You're studying to be a freaking doctor, you don't get sleep.

Business: "I'm going to budget and spend less money!"

At least you understand the value of money, but you're still a pizza and alcohol-loving college student. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Public Relations: "I'm going to cut back on the coffee!"


Education: "I'm going to be more patient!"

You're so close until a tiny child talks back to you at 8 o'clock in the morning and you realize this is not the profession for patience goals.

Music: "I'm going to learn a new hobby!"

You already know an instrument which is more than most can say. Why learn some other cool talent at this point?

Nursing: "I'm going to drink eight cups of water a day!"

You know water is so good for you, but after clinicals, four exams and about seven hours of homework, you really just need coffee and vodka in an IV.

Political Science: "I'm going to be more civil on social media!"

Well, if people posted less ignorant things I wouldn't have to educate them...

Psychology: "I'm going to manage my stress better!"

Day two and you're already stress eating and crying in campus bathrooms, but at least you understand the theories as to why this is happening to you.

Dietetics: "I'm going to eat super healthily!"

Just because your major is all about living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean that you can't appreciate an entire pizza or five.

Computer Science: "I'm going to be more productive!"

It is hard to be productive when you know how to do hundreds of cool things on your computer, AND make it look like you're taking notes while doing it.

Exercise Science: "I'm going to go to the gym six times a week!"

You know it's good for you. You know the benefits. But damn it if your bed isn't also good for you.

History: "I'm going to live in the moment!"

Well, you're a history major for a reason.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"


Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.


Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.


It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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