The tulips are blooming, the beach is starting to look more inviting, and Dad’s warming up the BBQ on the patio – there’s something about the start of spring that is filled with promise. And it’s making us want to press refresh on our homes… and our lifestyles! Here are five ways we’re pulling off the ultimate spring clean this September.
Spring clean your home
Out with the cold, in with the new! Whether you’re swapping out some of your cosier home decor for lighter, cooler pieces or just giving your place an annual deep clean, the start of spring is a great opportunity to freshen up your space. There are plenty of small, inexpensive things you can do to give your home a new spring vibe – splash out on a scented candle, buy a plant pot and fill it with greenery or change your bedding to something brighter and more fun. If you have an outdoor area, show it a little TLC to turn it into a space you really want to spend time in.
Spring clean your wardrobe
You’re getting ready to pack away your winter woolies to make room for summery shorts and lightweight linen shirts. While you’re shaking up your wardrobe, take a moment to single out anything you no longer wear or that no longer suits your style. If there’s a jumper that didn’t get a run over the winter months, sell it or donate it. If there’s a summer dress that’s not sparking joy (à la Marie Kondo), give it to a friend you know will love it. The aim of the game is to consolidate your wardrobe, so it’s full of only things you love and want to wear.
Spring clean your mind
If winter gave you the SADs (Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real struggle), spring is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself. A regular meditation practice can help to increase mindfulness, decrease anxiety and improve concentration. Get your zen on with a 10-day beginner meditation course by Headspace or try a bit of moving mindfulness with a 30-day yoga challenge (you can find free ones on Yoga With Adriene’s YouTube channel).
Spring clean your skincare
We’re not just talking about washing those make-up brushes that haven’t seen a cleanser for months (although you should definitely do that), we’re talking about rethinking your skincare routine. You might want to swap out your creamy cleanser for a lighter foaming one and add an exfoliator to combat summer’s sweat and grime. You may find you don’t need a thick moisturiser as the weather warms up – instead hydrating toners or body mists can help keep your skin soft. Also, consider adding a sunscreen with high SPF (at least 30+) into your daily routine, if you’re not using one already, and don’t forget that if you’re applying tan, you’ll need to start using an exfoliating body scrub on the reg.
Spring clean your fitness
If your winter consisted of less half-marathons, more Netflix marathons, spring can be a great time to kick-start a new fitness regimen. The days are getting warmer, the sun is out for longer – getting outside is basically a no-brainer. If you’re keen to get active, start small with a 20 minute walk, a casual bike ride, an outdoor yoga flow or an exercise class at the gym. If you need a bit of extra motivation, sign up for a team sport, book in a session with a personal trainer (they’re not all screaming Commandos) or check out local running groups in your area.
Spring clean your admin
Life admin is not our favourite part of adulting, but it is necessary. If you haven’t already filed your tax return for 2017/2018, now is the time to book in with your accountant and get it done. Your big spring clean can also be an opportunity to scan your bank statements for any recurring charges and evaluate your subscription services – you might also want to take stock of your service providers and check that they’re still giving you the best possible rates.
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