My favorite season has arrived!
Ready to lighten your load and reset this season? Spring is the perfect time to cut the clutter, start fresh, and ditch all of the things that are weighing you down. My top five ways to spring clean your life straight ahead!
Audit your Relationships
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to invest our precious time and energy in the things and people that we value most. If you have relationships in your life that are draining or toxic, consider setting some clear and loving boundaries. An honest “relationship audit” can help you identify the people who lift you up and support you most so you can refocus your energy and attention on relationships that add value to your life. While you’re at it, declutter your social calendar and make sure you’re only booking activities, events, and get-togethers that are aligned with your deeper goals and make you feel good.
Detox Your Diet
After spending the past year cooped up inside binge eating ALL OF THE CARBS, I know I’m ready for a little reset when it comes to the foods I eat. I’m not a fan of deprivation, so instead of focusing on the foods I want to subtract, I focus my energy on adding the items I want to eat more of. Filling your fridge and pantry with tasty, healthy grab-and-go treats and snacks will encourage better habits. I like to check out what’s seasonal at my local farmer’s market and stock our fridge with chopped up fruit and veggies, local meats and cheeses, and healthier snacks like roasted almonds, pistachios, and dried fruit. If you want to drink less soda, coffee, or alcohol, try sprucing up your water with lemon, berries, or mint to create your own pitcher of “spa water.” Focus on consuming more of the foods that fill you with energy and help you feel your best, and you will crave less of the other stuff.
Reset Your Wardrobe
Closet makeover, anyone? A new season is a great excuse to ditch the duds that don’t fit or flatter and reset your closet with a little editing and reorganizing. If you only have fifteen minutes to spare, try one of these quick fixes: Set up a donation bag and toss in any items that you’re ready to let go of. Relocate seasonal or occasional-use items to the back of your closet to make room for your spring favorites. Invest in a few thoughtful pieces that will elevate your existing wardrobe – a single item like a fun shoe, handbag, or accessory can transform your existing wardrobe without breaking the bank or starting from scratch.
Declutter Your Documents
While achieving “inbox zero” or eliminating the paper piles completely may not be in the cards this season, there are plenty of easy ways to lighten up your digital and physical clutter.
- Digital: Set a timer for fifteen minutes and unsubscribe from all of those pesky sales and spam emails clogging up your inbox. Consider archiving old emails so you can clear out your inbox and start fresh. Delete any apps you haven’t used for months.
- Physical: Create one designated inbox to corral mail, bills, and invites you need to deal with. Spend at least fifteen minutes a week reviewing the piles and prioritizing time sensitive action items. Make sure to create a designated file for safely storing your most important documents, forms and records so they don’t get lost or misplaced.
Spruce Your Space
Spring cleaning your entire house can feel like a daunting task, but there are plenty of little things you can do that will make a BIG difference. Try cleaning a single surface like your nightstand, dresser, or dining room table. Spruce your entryway by relocating the bulky winter coats and seasonal accessories. Ditch any expired products that are cluttering up your bathroom or medicine cabinet. Relocate items that have lost their way. Take fifteen minutes to dust or vacuum the most offensive corners or crevices of your home (we all have them!). Add something lovely to your space like a houseplant, freshly clipped flowers from the garden, or a scented candle. A little effort will go a long way in making your space feel more cared for and comfortable.
All right, I’m off to sort through my inbox and delete all of the unused apps from my phone. Do you have a favorite method for spring cleaning your home, life, or mind? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section!
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