cleaning is an odd tradition with foggy origins. Many people trace it back to
the fact that, in North America, due to our changing seasons, the warm spring
was seen as a time to get rid of all the things you hoarded to keep you cozy in
winter. With the temperatures rising across the nation, and spring coming this
week, now may be the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning of your own.
However, because we are not 19th century housewives who have to wait for the
springtime to get all our good cleaning done, we may not follow the old spring cleaning
rules. Also, as our lives have gotten ever more complicated, so has spring
cleaning. Here are a few ways to keep the spring cleaning process as simple as
possible, but applicable to all aspects of your life.
is one of those aspects that those who began the process of spring cleaning
could not have anticipated, but it’s at the forefront of most of our lives
(including you reading this article). How do we incorporate technology into
Delete people you don’t speak to from Facebook.
you have ex-boyfriends
on Facebook? Does it make you
sad or angry when you see their statuses or pictures on your wall? Sometimes
it’s time to take that step and delete them. It may seem immature, but it saves
you a lot of little day-ruining moments. If deleting is too bold for you, try
the new “unsubscribe feature” which allows you take their items off your food
while still staying friends. This rule also applies to current boyfriends’
ex-boyfriends, old friends you haven’t seen in years, or those acquaintances
who post inflammatory statuses that you always disagree with.
Unsubscribe from some newsletters.
seemed worthwhile at the time, but you don’t open all those emails you get
after it took you only ten seconds to sign up. Most of these emails have an
unsubscribe button at the very bottom in the fine print. Use it.
Delete old apps from your iPhone.
you have accumulated a ton of apps, you can do 1 of 2 things: 1) consolidate them by
putting them into a categorical box together on your phones interface, or 2)
delete them altogether. If you miss them that much, you can download them again
in the future. This may also be a good time to get rid of Scruff or Grindr if
you feel that they’re keeping you from having a real conversation with someone
and not a torso.
can also take your spring cleaning time to dust the cobwebs away from parts of
your life that you haven’t addressed in a while. Most people think spring
cleaning is all about getting rid of the old, but spring cleaning is an awesome
way to improve yourself, as well. To clean up your life a bit, why don’t you
try some of these:
Dust the cobwebs off some old friendships and see them—in person.
when people used the phone instead of texting? Phone up an old friend and go see them for
coffee. You’ll be thankful you did.
have to clean out your closet. Don’t throw those clothes in the trash! Bring
them to a salvation army or thrift store and let those clothes have a second
life. Just make sure to wash them first.
throught your bookshelf, or bookpile on the floor, or wherever you keep your
books. Divide them into two piles—books that you’ve read and books that you
haven’t read. Make a plan to read the books you haven’t and either donate the
books you’ve read and don’t want or start a book swap with friends—swap
similar-length novels with friends and discuss them later!
cleaning is definitely a time to strip away the old things from your life, but
make sure you don’t just do it for the sake of throwing it out. Every time you
do a spring cleaning, you should do it with a purpose in mind. This year, make
spring cleaning about making a better version of you!
SOURCE: GAY LIFE