There’s a lot to be said for a good old fashioned spring clean. This time of year is perfect for it. Everything was becoming too stagnant and stuffy for my liking. It was definitely time to address the situation of my living space.
Just to clarify, my living situation is complicated but comparable to a house share, post finishing degree and settling into a new job. So when I refer to my living space, I really just mean my room and not any communal areas.
Now any task like this can seem daunting, but trust me, you will be so pleased with the end result, just honestly take one step at a time.
Where better to start than with a fresh lick of paint? I chose to focus my energies into this project during a recent period of annual leave. Instead of booking a holiday and running away, I stayed put and dealt with a few things I’d been putting off. Its been the best form of therapy I could have chosen and just what I’ve needed as of late.
I picked from the many thousands of different shades of white to freshen up my walls and managed to get rid of so much clutter that had accumulated over the last few years, especially through a second degree (getting rid of all the uni junk was an amazing feeling).
IKEA is seriously the perfect place to change up your furniture quickly and for a price that won’t make your bank balance unhappy. TOP TIP: have a browse online before you go, and have a budget in mind. Believe me, its very easy to put so many lovely things in your basket when your venturing round that place, but a few pounds here and there soon adds up to a nasty shock at the checkout.
I opted for the quite well known KALLAX bookshelf/shelving unit, which is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture that can work in a variety of spaces. Currently priced at under £40 it won’t break the bank either!
Overall, with something as simple as a new bit of furniture and a fresh coat of paint I am in such a better mindset than I was at the start of the year. Its cathartic to be ‘out with the old and in with the new’…although sometimes ‘out with some of the old and in with a select few new’ works just as well.
Even though we are still seeing frost on our cars and feeling that nip in the air Spring is still very much upon us, and I can’t recommend enough how beneficial it is to capitalise on a good old fashioned spring clean. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and might actually be more therapeutic to you than you expect.
P.S. Top tip, that organizing your books into ‘coloured stem’ categories that you’ve probably seen floating around Pinterest is sooo blooming’ satisfying, I never thought I’d go for it, but I’m a complete convert!