Category: Cleaning and Organizing

Spring Cleaning

side by side

I finished my last exam ever for my Bachelor’s Degree last Tuesday, exactly one week ago. I took several days to just relax and really do nothing except apply to jobs and read and go on Tumblr. But when I looked around and saw what a mess everything I was, I knew I had to get some work done. My town’s pick-up will be coming around on the 22nd, so I wanted to clean and de-clutter as much as I could.

I started with my desk.

desk before 1desk before 2

I actually have two desks: one where my desktop computer sits, and this one where I do all my homework. As you can see, my laptop is there along with all my schoolbooks, pens, highlighters, etc. And then there’s a general mess of stuff that’s piled up over time.

I moved the books to a stack beside my bookshelf in my bedroom, and then I rearranged the drawers to fit a bunch of the papers I wanted to keep. However, I threw away a lot of papers, folders, and binders. I also threw away my old backpack since it ripped on my very last day of school. I ended up filling up two garbage bags.

desk after 1desk after 2desk after 3

You can see there’s still some mess on either side of the desk, but the desk itself is now clean, and that’s a start! In the cubbies, I have a few things I don’t really use that often. There are two copies of my university’s literary magazine where a story of mine was published for the first time. On top of that is a notepad I’m not using right now since I already have one in use. In the cubby above that is some weird, small photo paper that I’m not sure what to do with, along with a couple of phone cases I may use in the future. On the top of the desk is my old French textbook. I want to keep this because, if I go on to get a Master’s, I may have to pass a CLEP exam. This textbook will help me study up. And then there’s my trusty hole-punch.

I cleaned the desk a few days ago, and then just yesterday I cleaned out my closet. I didn’t take any pictures of that, but I did manage to clear about a foot to a foot-and-a-half of space. That’s impressive! I got rid of a lot of stuff that I don’t wear anymore or doesn’t fit right. My sister may try to sell it. If not, we’ll give it away.

I feel as though those two things were my big projects, and now it’s just general upkeep. I don’t think I really have anything else to throw away. I have to put stuff out for the pick-up on Saturday, and hopefully I’ll take a look around before then.