Today is the first official day of spring, and the warm temperatures definitely are making me think of bright flowers, green grass and sandals. Just as this is a time of growth and renewal for Mother Nature, we can apply the same principles to our own lives to feel energized and rejuvenated. Taking time to get organized has health benefits too; according to Eva Selhub, M.D., author of Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer, “At the end of the day, being organized is about having more time for yourself, and enabling you to live a more balanced life.”
Read on for some great tips to get you and your family ready for the season.
Schedule screening and doctor appointments. Now is the perfect time to get annual checks crossed off your list before the chaos of sports, family picnics and end of the school year projects are in full swing. If you take medication, check in with your doctor to make sure your prescription is still correct. Any nagging ailment? Get that checked out now so you don’t miss out on fun summer activities.
Do some spring cleaning. I know, this one sounds awful, but take this opportunity to make a little extra room in your home. Clean out your closets—anything you haven’t worn for more than a year or anything that isn’t flattering gets tossed. Have your kids try on clothes so you can get rid of anything they’ve outgrown as well. Old coats, sporting equipment and anything else that has gotten pushed out of sight—goodbye! While you’re at it, clean out your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. Throw out anything that is expired; makeup generally only has a shelf life of one year, so anything you’ve had longer should be replaced.
Detox your home of allergens. Between grass, pollen and animals shedding, spring can wreak havoc for allergies. Take a preemptive strike against these by washing all your linens, blankets, couch covers, pillows, rugs—anything that traps dirt and dust. Sweep and mop floors, and, if you’re feeling really ambitious, get your carpets professionally cleaned. Do the same to other high-traffic places such as cars and offices. Your nose and sinuses will thank you.
Do a virtual clean out. Beyond our homes, our inboxes and phones can accumulate just as much unused stuff. Start with your inbox and delete old emails that you don’t need to any longer. For ones you do need to keep, get them organized by placing them in folders. Challenge yourself to keep your inbox to fewer than 50 messages so it’s easy to find ones when you need them. On your phone, access your apps. Anything that hasn’t been opened in the last few months can go. Clear up more memory space by downloading your pictures and then clear that folder.
Schedule weekly “me” time. Between work, family obligations and social engagements saying life can get hectic is an understatement. Often, time for yourself gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Find a weekly activity to recharge this spring. Perhaps it’s an exercise or art class, maybe it’s a weekly coffee date with a girlfriend or even just getting into bed an hour earlier to read a good novel. Find something that is relaxing and don’t let excuses pop up to skip this time. Your mental well-being will thank you.
Spring has sprung, and before the hubbub of warm weather takes over completely, set aside some time to get your life and home really organized. Take one weekend day to put these tips into action and then enjoy the positive feelings of productivity and accomplishment you’ll feel after. What are some other tips you have for getting ready for spring? Share them with us in the comments below.