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Spring Cleaning

7 Mar

Spring is supposed to be a time for new beginnings. This is why we have Spring Cleaning- so we can clean up our lives and get rid of all the icky stuff. Sometimes this means letting go of bad relationships and bad habits.

Spring has always been a time of productivity for me. I usually take on multiple projects and really hit my stride. The spring semester of my junior year was the first time I truly embrace the idea of spring cleaning, and tried something new for myself.

During the fall semester of my Junior year, I had a falling out with my roommate, who happened to be my best friend, it was my first semester working, and it was just a difficult time for me. When spring finally arrived, I was motivated to make a change for myself and focus on my personal growth. I decided to stop holding on to all the hurt my ex-bestfriend had caused, I chose to get more involved at work, and I stayed on top of all my classes. Doing this was difficult. Hitting a bad patch in life is extremely hard because it taints all areas of your life. I had never felt more alone than I did during the fall semester my junior year, but as I started to focus on work and classes my loneliness started to dissipate. I made new friends from class and work, I felt productive as my grades started to improve, and I started to appreciate myself more.

Trying new things can be stressful and may seem unrewarding at first, but stick it out and things will get better. I needed time to focus on myself and replenish my supply of inner peace. I am much better off now because I took the time to check in with myself and reorganize my priorities. It is now my the spring semester of my senior year and the good habits I created a year ago are still paying off. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and make changes. You deserve to be appreciated and cared for, and it’s okay to take the time to appreciate and care for yourself. Always keep fighting, and embrace spring cleaning.


#MiddlingMarch: Tidy Room, Tidy Life

11 Mar

Every Spring Break I do the same thing: I clean. I know, I know duh spring cleaning, everyone does that. The difference between me and everyone else is 1: the level of cleaning I do surpasses that of most people, and 2: the cathartic release my cleanings give to me.

As a child, I was always taught that dirtiness is directly connected to how you feel inside. If you are willing to live in filth, you must be going through a lot of angst in your life. Over the years, I have taken this life lesson and made it into my own release of emotions. As I clean, I am letting out all of the stress I have built up, like my throwing out old papers will also throw out the angst and emotions I felt when writing them. That is why Spring Break is an ideal time to do this because boy have I built up a lot of emotions this semester.


The key to this cleaning is devoting 2 whole days to it; after all, I have had a whole year to bottle up these emotions, it will take a while to get rid of them. Once I have my time set out, I start with my desk. It is both the best and most emotionally draining part of the process so I get it out of the way when I have the most energy. I go through every paper and notebook keeping only the things I absolutely need or things that I am particularly proud of. At this point I usually start a pile to take home (in this pile will be books I no longer need, useless stuff I have accumulated over the school year and other things I might use at home). Once I finish my desk I move onto my closet, donating clothes I haven’t worn in more than a month or that I don’t think I can salvage with sewing.


The bathroom comes next and I deep clean that throwing away almost empty bottles that I keep for absolutely no reason. Then I dust everything.. That usually ends the first day of cleaning. The next day is filled with laundry, the kitchen, living room, and the patio. After all of this I am physically drained, but emotionally rested.


Now, I don’t want you people reading this to think I don’t clean except on these two days. I definitely do, but those cleanings aren’t nearly as thorough or emotionally cleansing as these two days which is the point of doing it. I know that after these two days are over, I will be ready to come back to school and finish on a high note.



New Year, New Me?

2 Jan

Happy New Year, everybody! We’ve made it through 2013, and I know we can make it through 2014!

Happy New Year 2014

It’s now January 1, not December 31… guess that means I gotta change?

The new year always brings about feelings of hope and promise – “this year is going to be different, I’m going to change, I’m going to ____________.”

Am I the only person who isn’t feeling it?

I think 16 years of school has inured me to the new year. I get the feelings of hope and promise when August rolls around – the new school year always trumps the actual new year!

That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on resolutions, though! Because, while I tend to appreciate the new school year more than January 1, this is still a fresh start at another semester. This semester, my biggest resolution is to clean my apartment and keep it clean. I know this seems like something I should do anyway… I’m an adult and I should know how to keep a clean house. I do know how to do that.

But once the semester is underway, that book you put down on the end table, then the one after that, and the one after that really start to pile up. This last semester was, by far, the worst I have ever let my apartment go. There are books, old papers, pens, pencils, and oh so many books littering almost every surface of my apartment, and, I’m embarrassed to admit, some of the floors too. But hey, two jobs (27 hours total each week) and four classes isn’t easy to balance, and having a spotless living room is not my top priority.

Room cluttered with books

See…? No, I’m totally kidding – my apartment isn’t *that* bad!

This semester is special though – I, along with all of my closest friends, am graduating in May. We’re all going in different directions – leaving Tucson, going to graduate school, getting real jobs. How is this related to my disheveled apartment? Well, it’s hard to squeeze in that much needed social time when you don’t want your friends to see the clutter your apartment has accumulated! So, for my social life, I will keep my apartment presentably clean.

Wish me the best of luck! What are your goals for this new semester and new year?

–Tori Outfleet