Hello, Spring! (finally)
The sun is shining, the windows are down, the flowers are blooming and I just can’t get enough of this beautiful Spring weather we are having here in the south! I sure did miss these longer days. How about you?
For me, the season always brings with it the urge to spring clean. Carpet shampooing, closet purging, garage organizing….and go! It just feels so darn good to clear the clutter and freshen up the house after hibernating all winter. But today I want to go deeper and I’m not talking about adding the baseboards to your list to clean. I’m talking about spring cleaning for your life.
When was the last time you took a closer look into your personal health, your business, the time spent with your family…or how you are using your spare time? Maybe that was just a few months ago when looking for new year’s resolutions or maybe it’s long overdue for a refresh. If this is you, join me this Spring as I take a few steps to declutter my own life. #SpringCleaningtheLife
Spring Clean // Health
Finding balance in a healthy diet and consistent workouts is a never ending struggle for me. My routine is often different week over week leaving me feeling burnt out, tired and lacking motivation. I’ve noticed that changing habits to healthy ones is more effective when I take baby steps.
A few weeks I opened my fridge and you know what was on the shelves? Hardly anything and what was there was either expired or unhealthy. (um, gross!) This tells me two things:
- I hate grocery shopping and my husband is probably always starving.
- We eat out way too often because of the lack of food in our house.
I’ve decided to not only keep my fridge clean, but to make sure I am stocking it with healthy options. Fruits, veggies and natural foods. I’ve been binging on Pinterest lately looking for nutritious recipes to keep us focused throughout the week and putting those into a simple meal plan. TIP: Make a Pinterest board for weekly meal plans that has 7 breakfast recipes, 7 lunch ideas, 7 dinner recipes and 1-2 healthy dessert ideas. This makes it even easier to make your grocery list and choose a meal each day without having to sift through millions of Pinterest recipes 5 minutes before you are already hangry.
Now for the workouts. I get bored with the same ole workouts week after week. I’ve got to have some variety. How about you? I like to keep my workouts fresh by trying different programs or finding new fitness professionals to follow. Here are a few of my favorites!
Making small changes like replacing potato chips with kale chips or changing up my workout routine help me choose healthier options each day and before I know it, I’ve got a healthier lifestyle than I did a month ago. What small changes can you make to slowly improve your health? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing a better version of yourself. #SpringCleaningtheLife
Spring Clean // Spare Time
This one is HUGE in my life. When I say huge, I don’t mean I have a never ending supply of free time (seriously, what is this “free time” people speak of?), I’m talking about the way I spend what little free time I have is down right silly. (SILLY STUPID!)
I often times associate free time with relaxation. Do you do that? I’m surely not alone here. I get 30 minutes of down time and what do I do?… I grab the nearest device I have and scroll those social feeds. For what? To see how others are enjoying their life and being productive? I could be spending those extra 30 minutes doing things I need to do. Like organizing my desk, finishing the book that’s collecting dust on my nightstand or going for a walk with the pup.
Now don’t get me wrong, relaxation is a thing, a very important thing. Believe you me, I make time for some quality relaxation time. But those other down times that are not classified as relaxing, I want to improve those minutes or hours by being more productive and less “scrolly”. (Definition of “scrolly” (adj.): when one uses their spare time to exercise their thumbs for no apparent reason) Yep – just made that up. Are you with me here? #SpringCleaningtheLife
Spring Clean // Finances
Here’s the thing, I’m spoiled and my husband is a grade A spoiler and I love every bit of it. (Did I just say I was spoiled out loud? Forget you saw that) Another fun fact about me is that I love love love trying new things. I’ve always been an early adopter to new techy things or test out those pesky subscription based apps or workshops. I think being a forever student is just my thing. With that, I often times find myself with of list of fees that are billed every month over and over. Now that doesn’t include the Netflix and Hulu fees. Those are a must-have, can’t live without kind of subscriptions, am I right?
The feeling of knowing your finances are in order is one of the best feelings in the world. Here’s some things to consider when sprucing up those dollars.
- Cancel all those app based subscriptions that you never use and delete those apps from your devices. Trust me, you will never miss them.
- Cancel that gym membership you never use and try a free workout plan that you can do from your garage.
- Before you buy something ask yourself:
- Will I use it?
- Do I want to store it?
- Do I want to clean it?
- Can I use the money to buy something else that is more important?
- Download the Dave Ramsey podcast. It has truly shaped my ideas and opinions on managing money. Life changer.
I bet you, after decluttering those finances that you sleep a little better! I know I sure will. #SpringCleaningtheLife
Whew! I already feel better knowing that there are a few goals in place for spring cleaning in my life. Now if I could just finish up the list of house cleaning that needs to get done. 🙂
Do you have other ways of decluttering and spring cleaning your life or planning to try out some of these ideas? I’d LOVE to hear about it! Leave me a comment below or share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #SpringCleaningtheLife and I’ll stop by and check it out!