As the weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, nights are getting lighter and April is right around the corner and you’re probably getting the annual itch to have a good ol’ spring cleaning. Aside from dusting, polishing, and throwing away trash, have you thought about cleaning out your life? I mean anything from money, work, health, and personal relationships. The following process is what I recommend everyone do this spring, because what’s the use of a clean home when your life is an utter mess?
1. Declutter Your Technology
I don’t mean cleaning out keyboards, laptops, smartphones, or tablets; I’m talking about documents, letters, work files, useless pictures, videos from concerts (come on, are you truly going to go back and watch them?), and cleaning out junk mail.
2. Scrub away bad financial decisions
To kick things off, print out all your bank statements and go through every single item. Think about necessities like rent, gas, groceries and bills. Look through things you have bought that you didn’t necessarily need to spend money on like that $6 latte from that trendy coffeehouse you go to every day. Think about all the things you subscribe to or pay for but never use. Nothing makes me feel happier than having my finances organized and being in control of my money.
3. Spring-clean your health
Those New Year’s resolutions are so long gone, and summer is catching up. So don’t be discouraged and use this as a reason to get back into a healthier life. Start by assessing what’s in your fridge, freezer, and cabinets and throw away all the junk. Go grocery shopping and stock your kitchen with non-processed and natural options. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself once in a while, but that doesn’t mean stocking the cabinet full of junk food that you tell yourself you’ll only eat occasionally. There are ways to eat clean on a budget like buying shop brands, sticking to produce that’s in season, or even buying frozen fruits and veggies. After tweaking your diet, get moving! Think about workout options you enjoy. Hate cardio? Try kickboxing. Its 2017, people; we have so many options from Soul Cycle to yoga. Every bit counts and helps you keep a positive outlook by telling yourself that great results will happen if you put the effort for more than a week.
4. Organize your time
You have a set time for work and if you’re going to school your class schedule is solid, but how are you spending your free time? Please don’t tell me you don’t have any, because we all have that wiggle room that we end up using for sitting in front of the TV or stalking people on Instagram and wondering how they live their wonderful lives. Guess what? You can take that time and do things you’ve always wanted to learn. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, so I always look into new books to start or different classes available for me to take.
5. Trash the Toxins
I’m not talking about juicing, but rather the toxins in your relationships and personal life. We all have friends or relationships in our lives that bring us down. Whether it’s your ex that you can’t totally cut ties with or that one friend that is always competing with you. Think about the people that bring you down, bring negative vibes and honestly don’t contribute any positivity in your life and trash them! Trust me, you’ll feel so much lighter and better. You can’t clean the rest of your life and then keep that one person around that makes you feel down. Also, if you don’t want to get rid of someone maybe you can talk things out and see if you can fix those issues but if it’s not working just walk away.
I hope I’ve helped y’all start your spring cleaning because I know starting mine has made me feel so much lighter and happier. Feel free to contact me if you need any help, advice, tips, or if you’d like to give me some suggestions. Until then, go outside, feel the sun on your face, and love this life we are given once.