This year, spring cleaning is less of a chore and more of an I’m-at-home-all-day-and-I-need-to-do-this-because-it’s-staring-me-in-the-face kind of thing. We have more time on our hands than usual these days, so sprucing up our living spaces is more of a priority than any spring before.
I’ve been spring cleaning for the purposes of clutter reduction and a general sense of cleanliness. As I’ve gone through drawers and cabinets and closets and bags, one thing has been a constant: “I should’ve used this before it was too late.”
What do I mean by that? Here’s an example. I have a hair product designed to not only protect your hair from the heat of a blow dryer, but also to help expedite the drying process. I would use this sparingly as I wanted to save it for times I was truly in a rush, or special occasions when I wanted my hair to shine a little extra.
Well, I’ve had it for a few years and have used about half of the bottle. Here’s the thing about hair products – they expire. Their smell changes and the effectiveness lessens. So, I was forced to throw the bottle away, as it wasn’t going to do my hair any good.
In that moment, I regretted not using it the times when it was in its prime and would’ve benefited my hair. Why not use it all and buy more if you really like it?
This has been the same of trying to savor snacks and having them go stale, not over-using my favorite nail polish color and having it dry out, or waiting for a “special occasion” and completely forgetting you even bought a certain top or dress.
My point is, if you’re going to buy something, theoretically that means you like it. And, if you like it, use it. You’re saving clutter and saving yourself from wasting money.
As you go through all of your items for spring cleaning, toss what you don’t need, keep what you love, and try to challenge yourself to use what you have before buying more of what you may not need.