Yup! It’s that time of year again. The seasons are changing, we’ve pushed forward the clocks and we now have more daylight hours (Woo!). On top of that, Christmas is only around the corner. So it’s the perfect opportunity for us to stop, reset and re-calibrate—and set ourselves up for a really awesome end of 2017.
1. Out with the old, and in with the new
Now that the weather is (slowly) starting to warm up, it’s a great excuse to have a look at our winter and summer wardrobes and get organised.
The basic rule for spring cleaning greatness is the “how long since I’ve worn it” test. If you didn’t wear a particular item of clothing at all last season, it’s time for it to go. Avoid the all-too-common fall-back position of “Well, it might be great for a dress-up!” Nope! It’s done.
Be strong, don’t hold on. Ruthlessness really is your best friend for this activity. And we promise you will feel so much lighter and refreshed after getting this job done, so you can move on to No. 2!
2. It’s time for those tasks you’ve been putting off for a rainy day
Guys, let’s face it. That rainy day is not coming. After all, we are in the middle of a La Nina! It’s time to look at that to-do list, get cracking and get it done.
This could be anything — finally doing your tax return, cleaning out the fridge or pantry, picking up your dry cleaning or picking up that pair of glasses that have been at the optometrist for much longer than can be disclosed (guilty, very guilty).
As the Nike slogan goes, “Just do it.” Stop putting it off and make yourself an achievable list of things you’ve been meaning to get around to. The upside? You will feel super satisfied as well as super productive. You’ll probably feel pretty smug as well, so full bragging rights!
3. New do, new you
Sometimes, to feel refreshed, a simple little change can be just right.
Maybe you’ve been contemplating a new hairstyle or colour, some fresh brows, or you’ve been eyeing off a cute outfit perfect for a summer afternoon. We all know the benefits a new look, or a new pair of shoes can bring. We get a little spring in our step and a bit more enthusiasm for the day. So feel free to have a little fun with our spring cleaning tips and treat yo’self!
4. Just what the doctor ordered
A pain, we know, but it’s also probably time to get a check-up with your GP and/or dentist if you’ve been putting that off for a while.
Our health is so important and is often forgotten in the madness of work and study and life. If you haven’t already this year, make that appointment for a check-up with your doctor, get your teeth cleaned and get a skin check.
Doing these small things will probably save you a lot of pain—and a lot of dollars—in the long run. Plus, you’ll be able to tell your Mum that you can make the appointments all by yourself! Hooray for being an adult.
5. Where am I?
Finally, we reckon that now is as good a time as ever to check in with your goals for the mid- to long-term and make sure that you’re on track.
It is very easy to fall into the swing of things. At this point in the year, we can just be putting one foot in front of the other to get to Christmas, without thinking about what we’re doing and how it fits into our bigger picture.
Have an honest look at where you are and whether you are happy with some of the big aspects of your life. Are you happy with work? Is anything in your life out of balance? Have you made time for your fitness goals this year?
Spring cleaning your life is a good excuse to think a little deeper and check in with your own progress. Maybe everything is going well, which is fab! But if not, it’s a chance to figure out why, and what you can do to shift or pivot and get control again.