On February 2, 2019, the Groundhog apparently didn't see its shadow, which typically indicates that Spring will arrive sooner than later. I've never really cared if the Groundhog saw its shadow or not - I just care about it being warm! So, if it means warmer weather is on the way because the Groundhog did not see its shadow - then I am all for it. I truly look forward to the sun staying out longer and higher temperatures which will allow me to wear my sandals and sundresses.
When I think of Spring, the words - renew, refresh, revamp come to mind because things that were once hidden or appeared lifeless start to take form and re-emerge - similar to a re-birth. The flowers begin to bloom and the birds chirp just a little louder and everything just seems to come alive. So, what does this have to do with your space and lifestyle? Everything!
Maybe you would like to revamp your closet space by purging items you no longer enjoy wearing and want to fill it up with quality pieces that are timeless. Or maybe there is an area in your space that is just dreary and dull and you have been considering painting the walls to brighten up the space and make it livelier? And lastly, re-assessing a habit that needs to be fine tuned so that it aligns with your lifestyle. This is why I consider the spring time to be the perfect time to do this and to get your physical and mental space in alignment with the beauty that is happening outside. So, I'm sharing with you 3 simple but affordable spring cleaning tips that you can put into practice today!
Tip #1: Revamp Your Closet
Let's be real for a minute, if we could all own one of those luxury closets then we would. However, should the absence of a luxury closet constitute for our current closets to be a hot mess? Absolutely not! I prefer non-slip, velvet hangers especially colorful ones because it adds a some pizzazz to the closet. I suggest revamping your closet by utilizing matching hangers which can instantly give your closet a cohesive and streamlined appearance. You can simply swap out your old hangers and donate them if they're still in good condition. This may appear to be such a small change but you will be surprised at how aesthetically pleasing your closet will look afterwards and it will motivate you to keep your closet organized. Sometimes a little can go a long way.
Tip #2: Refresh Your Social Media Feed
When I'm at the airport, waiting in line, or dining at a restaurant, I can easily spot at least two people on their phones scrolling through their social media feed. I too am guilty of this. We may not like to admit this, but social media is the "norm" and it has greatly impacted our lifestyles. Unfortunately, if you aren't disciplined or have yet to set boundaries, the use of social media can become addictive and many studies have documented that anxiety and depression are on the rise because so many people compare themselves to others online. So, I suggest taking some time to create boundaries and time limits on when you will access social media. For example, Instagram has implemented a reminder setting which will alert you how long you've been on the app. I've set my reminder to 45 minutes and once I've reached that mark it alerts me which holds me accountable and allows me to re-shift my focus onto something else that's probably more productive. Be sure to un-follow certain accounts that spew negative and gossip content. Yes, it's entertaining but it can also be draining and I'm a firm believer in protecting your energy. You may not think you're being directly impacted by viewing negative content but subconsciously it may have an impact on you.
If you're still not convinced, let me put it into perspective for you. The theory that states, "you are what you eat," can also be applied to "you are what you feed your mind and spirit." If it's junk you're feeding your body then you can become sluggish and not feel your best. If you're consuming toxic content then your energy can be negative and you may feel less productive. I understand we are tied to our phones so I thought this would be a great spring cleaning tip to put into practice.
Tip #3: Renew Your Wardrobe
This is probably one of my favorite lifestyle hacks! It's possible for your clothes to lose that 'fresh' smell when stored inside of drawers for an extended period of time. I suggest placing 1-2 dryer sheets at the bottom of each drawer so that your clothes will absorb the scent. On average, a box of dryer sheets cost about $4 which allows your clothes to maintain their integrity and freshness. The best part is walking around and smelling like a fresh load of laundry. I mean who doesn't love a fresh load of laundry?
The great thing about the aforementioned spring cleaning tips is that they're not only reserved for the spring. You can complete these tips at any given moment throughout the year. I was also intentional to select tips that are relatively easy to carry out which will springboard (see what I did there) into motivating you to complete other spring cleaning tasks. Small but subtle changes such as switching out hangers, cleaning up your social media feed and placing scented dryer sheets inside of your wardrobe are manageable. I want you to remember that spring is a time to refresh and to refine what may or may not be working so keep that in mind when re-assessing your space and lifestyle.
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