Recently, I moved to a new job station (aka cubicle) at work. Well, I’m a hoarder by nature. So, this move provided a good opportunity to clean and purge. I threw away items I no longer needed (or kept for no good reason) and rearranged my new area. It feels good to be in a new space to look at things in a new light. This is why people traditionally spring clean their houses annually. And while it’s a little later in Spring (but not quite summer yet), it’s a good opportunity to look at other areas in life that could use some changes and fresh air. Here are a few ways, I’ll be spring cleaning my life:
Organize the Family Calendar
For some reason, the family calendar I got last year ended in May, so I had to buy a new one. We have a big wall calendar in our kitchen by the door to keep track of all activities for our family of five. One immediate change is using an erasable pen (a new favorite item of mine). I crossed out so many things last year as plans and activities changed. It was then hard to read the new appointments since there wasn’t enough space to write it underneath the crossed out appointment. To say it was a mess is an understatement. But that’s also how life works – not according to planned. With my erasable pen, it provides for a cleaner look when things change.
Now I’ve made sure our calendar is up to date (as I know it now). Also, if you can, plan your vacations now and put them on the calendar. It will give you something to look forward to. Another thing I’m working on as well is to say no to too many commitments. Make sure the things you are doing are things you want to do. If it’s not necessary or fun, just say no. Sometimes, it’s nice to have less on your calendar than more.
Change Up Your Routine
Whether it’s changing your workout or waking up an hour earlier, a change in routine can be a great thing. Switch up your exercise program. Try a new class or activity. Ask your friends what workout apps they like or what activities they do, and maybe even join them!
If you find you don’t have enough hours in the day, start waking up an hour earlier to have your coffee and some time to yourself.
If you’ve had the same meal plan for a while, swap some of the recipes for new ones to change it up.
Get a Fresh Look
I got my first pedicure of the season last week (after seeing my toes at a recent yoga class! Yikes!). My next agenda item is to schedule time to get my hair cut. As a mom, I tend to only make time for a haircut around twice a year. However, moms need pampering too! A new color and cut makes me feel like a new person. And gives me some time to focus on myself. It’s the little things, but they can make a world of difference.
I also recently ordered some fun and colorful prescription glasses online. They were fairly inexpensive and let me change up my look easily.
Something I recently read stated t if it doesn’t bring you joy, then toss it! If you think you’ll use it “one day,” toss it. Now is a great time to de-clutter. Whether it’s phone apps you no longer use, emails you no longer need or relationships you no longer enjoy, take some time and get rid of what you no longer need. Visual clutter causes mental clutter. Free up all that space.
At the same time, take some time to organize the things you do want to keep. Print and store those pictures on your phone. Put them in an album each year. Organize kids’ artwork to keep what you want to save since the end of the school year is near. Again, my hoarder tendencies want to keep everything. However, I’m learning to only save what’s most important and purging what isn’t. It’s nice to have a cleaner space and know everything is put away.
So whether it’s these ideas or not, take a moment to get some fresh air and spring clean!