Week twelve: Sober spring-cleaning

Millie Gooch | June 2023 | 6 minutes

We’re on the home straight Sober Springers so with not long left to go, it’s time to think about turning over a new leaf and owning your new sober life – which just so happens to be the topic of today’s blog. Give it a read!

I’m Millie Gooch, founder of the Sober Girl Society, here to bring you some brilliant tips on tackling Sober Spring – the three-month break from alcohol.

Now, I’ve always found the best way to cement or mark a new era is (apart from getting a drastic new haircut) by making space to welcome in the new, which really does mean, getting rid of the old. So, here are my top tips for a little Sober Spring cleaning!

1. Clear your socials

Your digital space can be just as important as your physical one (after all, we spend so much time in it) so clear out any accounts that make you want to drink. Whether it’s people who give you ‘comparison-itis' or maybe even alcohol brands themselves, hitting that unfollow button can be so helpful going forward. You can also change your settings to make sure that you aren’t shown any adverts promoting alcohol!

2. Remove the merch

You know what I’m talking about – the ‘live, love, prosecco’ sign hanging in your kitchen, the mug that says, ‘there’s gin in this!’ – whilst there’s zero judgement for anyone who does have such paraphernalia in their humble abode – the subconscious messaging isn’t ideal if you’re really trying to live a more sober lifestyle. Donate them to charity shops, re-gift them or at least put them in a box out of sight!

3. Bin the bottles

Okay, this is the biggie but if you are thinking about making this change permanent then the alcohol must go. If you can’t bear the thought of tipping bottles of plonk down the sink (although I have to say this feels pretty powerful) then donate any bottles to friends, family or charity raffles! Fill the gaps with lovely sodas and non-alcoholic drinks.

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