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It is that time of year when you start to think about spring cleaning your house and your life. The huge motivation you get from the new year may have faded. So, as the warmer weather comes in, you probably want to have that fresh feeling again.
The trees have shed their leaves and are growing brand new buds, so why shouldn’t we? Cleansing your life means removing anything that isn’t serving you and replacing it with alternatives that support your wellbeing.
Spring cleaning your life and not just your home can have so many benefits. This is a list of 7 ways to cleanse your life:
1. Declutter Your Space
As spring approaches, you want to ensure your space is clear and organised ready for the next season of the year. This is the time where you can declutter the areas of your home that have the pile of things ‘you need to sort’, the ‘I need to get rid of’ pile and other things that you have been meaning to clear out. You can get rid of the items that are collecting dust. So, you know that junk drawer you are always avoiding? Start decluttering! Having a clear home not makes it easier to clean; it also makes you feel calmer and more relaxed.
2. Refresh Your Finances
This is an awesome time to take a closer look at your finances and organise them. This means you can look at all of your outgoings and see where you can make savings. Are you paying for a subscription you don’t need? An unused gym membership? Make up or beauty subscriptions? This can be the reminder you need to save yourself the money you keep meaning to. You can also look at your savings and what you can do to improve them.
3. Re-evaluate Your Friendships
If these past few years have taught us anything at all, it is to invest our time and energy in the people ad things we value most because our time is precious. Do you have relationships in your life that are toxic or draining? You should consider setting some clear and loving boundaries.
Carrying out an evaluation like an honest audit will enable you to identify the people in your life who lift you up, support you and love you. These are the people you should refocus your energy and attention on, the relationships that add value to your life.
When you have made sure that you only have good relationships, you ca start to look at your social calendar. You can ensure all get togethers, activities and events are aligned to your values, your deeper goals and make you feel good about yourself.
4. Declutter Your Documents
Whether it is physical or digital, documents, recipes, emails or forms can clutter up your home as well as your digital space.
For your paperwork, it is important you have a designated place to keep them safe and secure. I use a file storage box with separate tabs for different documents. You should set aside time to review your paperwork, filing priority papers and shredding all unnecessary documents. Then continue this practice once a week.
For your digital paperwork, it is just as important to ensure that it is organised and ordered to avoid a cluttered inbox. Unfortunately, like spam letters, you can also receive all those pesky sales emails too. This is the right time to start unsubscribing from the sales or spam emails you keep receiving and deleting any older emails. For important emails, you can archive them for safe keeping. Having a clearer inbox will mean that you are less likely to miss any emails.
In addition, by deleting your emails, you are actually helping the environment. For a typical email, the electricity responsible is equal to 4g of CO² emissions. If the email has a picture attachment, this needs extra storage and takes longer to transmit, so the carbon footprint rises to an average of 50g! Every email you keep, unread or otherwise, needs electricity for storage. If everyone around the world deleted 10 emails (spam or not), that has the power of deleting 1,725,000 GB because just 1GB of emails (1,000 emails) takes 32kWh, generating 55.2 million kWh! Take the time to declutter those emails!
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5. Password Reset
Password security is really important and you should always consider your online safety. Regularly changing passwords should always be a habit you stick to. Your computer or device stores and provides access to a lot of sensitive information. This is even more so when you are connected to a network, so keeping all your data safe and secure should be a priority. Your passwords should be changed every 3 months.
6. Declutter Your Wardrobe
Like everywhere, your wardrobe can also get cluttered with items which you probably don’t even reach for. Use this time to go through your wardrobe and clear out any items that don’t fit, or you don’t like. This can be so therapeutic and it means that your wardrobe will look far more organised.
Remember to not just throw good clothes in the bin. You should consider other options such as donating to loved ones or friends, a charity shop, a shelter, or even a clothes donation bin at your local recycling centre.
7. Spring Clean Your Phone
You may be thinking ‘how can I spring clean my phone?’ Like any device, it can get clogged up with unwanted and unnecessary things.
Clearing out your phone can mean that your phone will work more efficiently and you will be able to find the things you need more easily. Here are 4 ways you can spring clean your phone:
Your photos – Are you a hoarder of screen shots? I know I can be. Have you got photos that are blurry or of nothing in particular? Taking some time to go through your photos and deleting any irrelevant and unwanted photos can clear up space in your phones storage. It also allows you to find the photos you want a lot quicker.
If you have a lot of photos that you want to print, I use FreePrints. You are allowed 45 free prints a month and you only have to pay P + P; you can of course choose to pay to print more if you wish.
Your notes – The notes app on your phone that you use to drop down information, shopping lists and important numbers should be cleared out regularly. I am guilty of using notes for shopping and then not deleting the note when I have finished. This will declutter your phone and allow you to find that information more easily.
Your contacts – This is always a great one to spring clean. You can delete all old contacts that you no longer require. I love to do a contact clear out!
Apps – You can look through your phone and remove all the apps you no longer use. This can be a useful practice to free up storage on your phone. Also, if you find you are spending too much time playing games on your phone and this is inhibiting your productivity, you can remove them. I have found apps that I never really use, so deleting them has cleaned up my home screen.
I have compiled a list of other areas you ca spring clean in your life:
- Declutter your mind
- Reorganise your schedules
- Clean out your car
- Spring clean your desk
- Change up your routines – find a new way of doing things
- Cleanse your social media – followers and DMs
These are 7 simple areas that you can spring clean to improve your life. A spring clean helps to clear mental space and promotes positivity. In addition, following a spring declutter can alleviate anxiety, depression and stress.