Last May I wrote a similar post to this one called 6 ways to spring clean your life. I figured I would take this month, the first of spring, to share the ways I’ll be spring cleaning my life in 2016.
- Clean up your phone. This week–the first of spring–I’m taking the time to clean up my iPhone. I’m all about organization, but my phone is one of those places I don’t go through nearly enough and I’m always running out of storage space…probably because of the absurd number of photos of my kids. To fix this, I’m going to delete old apps and contacts, move all of my photos to my laptop for a fresh start, clean out my cache, and reorganize my folders.
- Begin a new health and fitness regime. I’ll am hosting my first health and fitness challenge on Facebook that began March 28th (let me know if you’re interested in this or future challenges!), but there are plenty of ways to move towards a healthier lifestyle. You can get outside more and enjoy the warm spring weather, challenge yourself to drink more water, or take a hike somewhere you haven’t visited before. No time like the present!
- Declutter your house. I get a huge urge to clean out my house around March every year, though sometimes earlier. I go through cabinets, closets, and clothes. I sell clothes to ThredUp, on Facebook pages, and on Craigslist. I also try to switch out certain things (like placemats and hand soap) and bring in fresh, spring-like patterns and scents.
- Start a new hobby. Now is a good time to reexamine your hobbies and see what should stay and what should go. Throughout the year–and especially in the winter when I’m stuck inside–I find myself collecting more hobbies, but by spring, I realize that many of them I didn’t take very seriously. Spring is a perfect time to look at what you are passionate about and decide what you want to do with your free time this year. I personally prefer it over new year’s resolutions because you already have a taste of what the year will be like.
- If you have your own business and didn’t do this in January, now is a good time to refresh and set goals. Clean up files, check in with clients, reevaluate your product or services, refresh your web copy, and see what you can make better.
- Make new playlists. Few things motivate me like music does, so every season I try to make a new playlist to listen to when I clean, drive, etc. It sounds silly, but it’s such a nice, simple way to make the most of my time. I post what I’m listening to each month in my currently posts, but right now I’m really into Vance Joy all over again. “Georgia” is my favorite.
- Make a list of local places to visit for the first time. There are tons of options–farmer’s markets, parks, restaurants, new cities–and I’ve been making an effort to better get to know the area we live in. Dom and I have found this helps us appreciate where we live a little more. We already checked out Charleston last year, but we’re going back in a month for our anniversary with my in-laws and the kids and I can’t wait!
- Simplify. I like to do this in a very general way. I make lists of basically everything–a master grocery list, a budget to-do list, a cleaning list, a business to-do list, a list of what all needs to be done outside–and organize them so I can easily check off what needs to be done. I’ve found this helps me simplify my tasks and makes my days (and weeks) flow a little bit easier.
- Delete, refresh, repeat. I get rid of or move old photos to my external hard drive, clean up old documents I no longer need, update my resume and LinkedIn, reorganize my folders, delete unnecessary emails that are older than one year, and more. When we’re starting over, there’s no reason to carry unnecessary baggage from the past.
- Move into this new year with an open mind and an open heart. Once you’ve reevaluated all the things you’d like to make better in your life, including yourself and your relationships, begin the process to make those things happen. Let yourself be open to new changes, new people, and new projects.
How do you start fresh?