Helloooo March! The Spring Equinox is just a few short weeks away and with it comes many exciting things: warm weather, green grass, fresh air, and daylight savings time. Alright, I know the last one is not exciting. Losing that hour of sleep is no fun, but a longer day filled with sunshine is, so chin up sleeping beauty!
When the birds begin to chirp and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time to start spring cleaning. If you want a list of how to thoroughly clean your house, this post is not it. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not on Martha Stewart’s level…yet.
Instead, I will give you suggestions to declutter your life a bit. I have to confess this is more of a note-to-self for me, but I figured I’d share anyway. Keep reading for my Six Things to Get Rid of This Spring.
Are you a beauty hoarder? This might be very difficult for you make-up obsessed gals out there, but springtime is the perfect time to get rid of all the products you’ve stopped using or never even opened. Chances are you have expired cosmetics lying around that you need to throw out.
If you’re like me you probably have piles of paper lying around the house. For some reason or other, my mail and e-mail piles up day after day and it irks me to no end. I’m still working on checking my mail everyday and either filing or getting rid of it on the spot. For those of you on the same boat, take the time to sort through your mail and shred whatever you no longer need. File the important stuff and unsubscribe from the annoying stuff (opt-out from credit card/insurance offers here and call the companies you get catalogs from to unsubscribe from their mailing lists).
How many items do you have in your closet with tags still intact? As girls we’re guilty of buying stuff we simply do not need. Go through your closet and drawers and let go of anything collecting dust. Sell if the items are basically brand new and donate if gently used.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my husband and I buy food at the grocery store that ends up just taking up space or even rotting (gross I know). I think we end up buying more food than we actually need and sadly a lot of it goes to waste. Also, my husband and I have accumulated a hefty amount of prescription drugs. For those like us, check your pantry, fridge, and medicine cabinet (or drawer in our case) and toss everything that’s lived past it’s shelf life. Make sure you dispose of your prescriptions properly though (find out how here). Once you’ve cleared it out, thoroughly clean and disinfect your fridge.
We’re two months into 2016 and by now most of us might have forgotten our resolutions and have sunk back into our old bad habits. Did you resolve to lose weight, quit smoking/drinking, or stop procrastinating? It’s okay if you fell off the horse, just get back up and keep pushing towards accomplishing the goals you set for yourself. If you didn’t make any resolutions or set any goals for yourself this year, reflect on your life up to this point and do a self-evaluation. There’s always room for improvement somewhere.
The dreary winter tends to affect my mood and thoughts. My normally optimistic self becomes such a Debbie Downer. This one is definitely a big note to myself: let go of the negativity! Yes, life throws some nasty things our way sometimes. No, this does not give us an excuse to stay down as a result of the upset. Make it your mission to think happy thoughts always.
Spring is widely associated with growth, so while you’re getting rid of the old I encourage you to get one new thing that will help you march forward with positivity. This may be an inspirational book or a colorful art piece, but the key word here is one; we can’t throw our decluttering out the window. What are you getting rid of this spring? Let me know in the comments!