Were you one of the kids who looked forward to a trip to Staples at the end of the summer just to spend some quality time in the pen aisle? Did you have a folder and coordinating notebook for each class? Does a sense of calm wash over you upon entering Ikea? Do you steal issues of Real Simple from your mother? When you heard that Tori Spelling's mom had an entire room dedicated to wrapping paper, did you think, "What a great idea!"? No? Too far? Well, if any of the above rings a bell, then we’ve got the slideshow for you.
The first day of spring is a mere two weeks away—minus one hour on Sunday (snaps for Daylight Saving Time!)—so it's about that time to finally get rid of all the excess clutter you've accumulated over the past year. Spring Cleaning: an entire season dedicated to putting together that Ikea bookshelf that's been lying around for a few months, throwing out all your old beauty products that are far past their prime, arranging your eye shadows, lipsticks, brushes, etc. in a more orderly fashion, and pulling out your rubber gloves and giving your bathtub/shower a good scrub-down. It might still not be fit for a luxurious bath afterwards, but, you tried.
If you’re new to the organization game—maybe you’ve decided to embrace adulthood instead of marinating in that post-collegiate lackadaisical bliss (we’ve all been there)—there are some items you might need. Consider planning a trip to The Container Store (boxes for literally everything, and then boxes in which to put those boxes); Bed Bath & Beyond (finally, a one-stop shop for Dyson vacuums and tortilla chips); a local flea market (old, wooden boxes); or, if you’re not in the mood to leave your apartment since you’re already in full dust-bunny eradication mode, try some online shopping at Zady (purveyor of the classiest of office supplies, among other things); the MoMA Store (Eames); and the always efficient Amazon (for everything, ever). Maybe even invest in a label maker—the possibilities are truly endless!