For some people, springtime brings about thoughts of warm weather and blooming flowers as the winter melts away. However, as a member of the Mr. Appliance team, for me the transition to spring is synonymous with one thing and one thing only: spring cleaning. At Fish, we truly live and breathe our work, so anything I’m pitching tends to take over my psyche until we move on to the next angle and start the process all over again. After spending the past month relentlessly pitching the media our story ideas, I’ve had nothing but spring cleaning on my mind.
After spending so much time thinking of creative ways consumers can spring clean their appliances and home from top to bottom, I couldn’t help but start to brainstorm ways that I can give my own life a giant spring cleaning. For us working woman, especially for those of us who work in public relations, organization is essential, and I used the transition into a new season as an excuse to get myself cleaned-up and ready to take on the rest of the year. Here are a few of my tricks for spring cleaning your life and getting your environment totally refreshed.
- Clean your desktop. Computer desktop, that is. I’ve noticed that there is a direct correlation between the organization of my desktop and the organization of my life. When there are a million documents floating around on my desktop, that is a good sign that my life is a wreck. Organize everything into folders and change your desktop background to an image that will make you smile every time you open your computer.
- Toss out everything you’ve been hoarding. I’ve been known to save just about everything for no apparent reason. My desk was covered in papers, folders and post it notes that I’ve been hoarding since 2015. Go through everything, organize what you need and toss what you don’t.
- Deep clean your car. Your car is where you start your workday, and getting into a messy car can impact your mood far more than you may realize. Give it a good vacuum and wipe down, and hang up an air freshener of your favorite scent. That way, when you’re sitting in rush hour traffic, you can at least be in a comfortable environment to jam out to your tunes and not let the bumper-to-bumper cars get on your nerves.
- Organize your email. We spend at least 50% of our day spending emails, and there is a lot of important information passed back and forth. Create folders in your email organized by client and file away everything important. When you inevitably need that information down the road, you’ll save yourself a good chunk of time trying to search through your emails.
- Treat yourself to new supplies. I was a bit of a nerd growing up, so shopping for school supplies was always one of my favorite traditions. Nothing makes you feel fresher than brand new folders, notebooks, pens and highlighters. Toss that ratty notebook and give your supplies a refresh, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to taking notes.