With spring right around the corner, so is the itch to get your life in order and clean. But spring cleaning is an intimidating term for me. I start feeling anxious the moment I hear the term because immediately I think of one thousand things I need to ‘clean’. So, in order to make the task a bit more approachable, I decided to break it down into separate categories, that I hope will help you too!
2017 has already been a wild year. Chances are we lost sight of our goals along the way, so this is the perfect time to reflect and reorient yourself, with the help of these spring cleaning ideas!
SPRING CLEAN YOUR MIND
If you are anything like me, your mind gets filled with ideas, to-do’s, and a bunch of other stuff quickly. In order for me to be able to actually get something, anything, done, I need to clean my mind-space. To do that I recommend:
- Spill it all onto paper or a digital note.
- Clean up your digital space. Emails, notifications, photos, you name it!
- Give your brain a time out and meditate.
I promise you this will almost instantly relieve the pressure on your mind because you no longer have to remember to remember! You have all of your thoughts organized somewhere and you no longer have the annoying digital distractions. And sometimes our headspace needs a little time to just chill, so give it a few minutes every once and a while.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR BODY
Around this time of year, winter is sort of in the past and summer vibes are increasingly stronger. You may have strayed from your new years resolution to get healthier or you just may have put your physical self on the back burner for the first few months of the year. That’s ok! But take some time to “clean your body” and make yourself feel good. To do that I recommend:
- Sort through your closet.
- Clean out your pantry and refrigerator.
- Schedule your workouts.
Are you no longer feeling that sweater? Donate it. Those food items expired? Pitch them. Do you keep finding excuses, not to workout? Change that. This is the perfect time to do a quick health check. Is the way you think about your body healthy? Is the way you’re treating your body healthy? If not, what do you need to change? Your body is the one thing you will for sure have in some way, shape, or form until the end of your life. It deserves to be treated well, so take the time to spring clean your body and make sure it has what it needs.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR SOUL
The days are finally getting longer, the sun is peeking back through the clouds, and you no longer have to look like a marshmallow everytime you want to go outside. Those deep, dark days of winter can really get to a lot of us, I know they affect me! But with spring coming, so does the opportunity to spring clean our souls from those icky winter feels. To do that I recommend:
- Clean up your social media.
- Pick up a book that makes you happy.
- Write down all of the things you are thankful for.
I spend a lot of time on social media and particularly in the spring months, I am looking for motivation and inspiration to reach my goals. The moment I see a post that makes me feel the slightest bit bad about myself, it is time for that account to leave my feed. To get out of my negative rut I also like to immerse myself in a good, happy read and lose myself in it. Winter negativity also makes me feel all “poor me” all of the time. Honestly, though, my life rocks, I just let the season get to me. Take time to reflect on all of the things you have in your life that you are thankful for. We live in a crazy, beautiful world.
Yes, dusting, vacuuming, and mopping are still on the spring cleaning to-do list, but those are standard. More importantly, make sure that YOU are ready to tackle the second best season of the year (I am biased, I am a summer baby). That said, take a day within the next few weeks to just declutter your life, find your center, and keep reaching for those goals.
Do you have any great spring cleaning rituals?