Whether you’re reaching a big milestone age in your life, have just ended a long term relationship, changed jobs for the first time in years, or your routine is simply starting to feel old and stagnant, doing a spring clean of your life can give you a whole new perspective. They say a change is as good as a holiday, and if you make some sweeping changes for the good, you can do wonders for your mood, and give yourself a new burst of energy and optimism for the things to come. Here are some pointers to get you off to that fresh new start you’ve been craving!
Spring clean your environment
De-cluttering and cleaning out your immediate environment is one of the best ways to get yourself into the right headspace to tackle more abstract parts of your life. Set aside a weekend (or two!) and tackle the following:
Go through your wardrobe
The clothes you wear can have a big impact on your self-esteem and confidence, so getting rid of all the old stuff that’s been sitting there unworn for years on end is a great way to make room for the stuff you love, and maybe a few nice new items too! Giving away a couple big bags or boxes of clothes to a deserving charity is also massively rewarding, and will give you a boost of energy to keep up with the rest of the process.
Clean out the kitchen
Getting rid of expired or unhealthy food and appliances or crockery you never use has several benefits. You’ll probably be amazed at how much space you suddenly have in what used to be crowded cupboards, and you’ll be able to commit to restocking the kitchen with only healthy items from now on. The easiest way to eat healthy is to remove temptation, after all! Get an appliance repairs specialist in to fix the things you can, and give away the items that have just been sitting in boxes to someone who will actually use them.
Invest in your future
The sad reality is that most people fail to plan adequately for their retirement. It’s something a lot of us don’t really want to think about (perhaps because it means acknowledging we too will grow old one day!) but the longer you put it off, the harder it’s going to be. Instead of running from the idea, face it head on. Do the sums, ask for advice, and get an accurate idea of whether you’re saving enough or not – and take action now.
If you’re overspending, then commit to working off a budget and setting the extra money aside to treat yourself later in the year on something that will actually improve your quality of life.
Another way to invest in your future is to start learning a new skill, or studying towards a qualification that will put you in good stead for a promotion or that dream job you’ve always wanted. With the plethora of online courses now available, it doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking either.
Investing in personal growth by directing more of your free time towards something you’re passionate about is another good way to spring clean your life. It could be learning a new language or brushing up on an old one, picking up those paintbrushes or that musical instrument again, or getting back into a sport or form of exercise you used to love. These kinds of undertakings make you feel like you’re actually making good use of your free time, and take time away from old, potentially self-destructive habits.
Spring clean your look
Any woman knows that a great new hairstyle can make you feel like a whole new person – and the same goes for the guys! It might seem silly, but giving yourself a makeover or roping in some trusted friends (maybe the ones you’ve been neglecting recently, yes?) to help you freshen up your image can give you the confidence to tackle bigger issues.
Spring clean your digital life
Take the time to go through all the photos, folders and old files on your PC and phone, and either reorganize them or delete them to free up some space. If it’s been a while since you changed your passwords or ran a thorough scan with your antivirus software, now’s the time. Give your social media pages a good scrubbing if necessary, update your profile on professional networking sites, and let there be a new digital you too!
It doesn’t really matter where you start, as long as you do. Change can only happen when you’re willing to embrace it – but once you are, amazing things can happen as a result!