“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” -Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Spring is my favorite time of the year. Cool mornings and warm, sunny afternoons always bring joy and contentment. There is just something about spring that softly whispers, “Let’s start over.”
Because spring is a time for new beginnings, we often feel a pull to make big changes in our environments and lifestyles, but where do we start?
How can you get ready for spring?
Do a relationship health check
Spring cleaning isn’t just dusting baseboards and washing walls; you might need to clean up your relationships, too!
Is there someone in your life who is a negative influence on you? Do you have friendships that are motivated by guilt or by personal gain? Consider removing them from your life.
Secondly, look at the healthy relationships and see if there are any changes you need to make. Perhaps you need better communication or more coffee dates.
Deep clean your house
Drag everything out. Make piles. Declutter and donate. Organize paperwork and socks and those pens that end up thrown in drawers and baskets all over the house (yet you can’t ever find a pen, right?).
Throw away old food, and clean out that fridge. You really don’t need that year-old mustard; if you haven’t used it by now, then maybe you don’t really like mustard! Here’s a great website that shows the shelf-life of foods.
Mop the floors (my LEAST favorite chore). Dust the blinds. And you know the molding above the door? Run a finger across that; you might be surprised.
Organize your computer files
I know a sweet lady who never used to use the folder system on her computer. She saved everything separately and to the desktop. Friends, when you have to scroll the desktop, it’s time to make a change!
I am a big believer in cloud storage. I’ve used Dropbox in the past, but now I use Google Drive. My files are always accessible, and if my computer dies, I won’t lose all of my important work.
Whatever you use to store your digital files, spring is a great time to get everything spruced up and organized. Make folders and subfolders. Group similar things together. And delete things you don’t need!
Change your passwords.
Studies show that it’s best to change your passwords every 6 months to a year. And make sure you’re not using the same password for every account, especially if your password is something like “my name + the year.” Actually, don’t use that or anything like it!!!
Reconsider your food choices.
Spring is the time of year that we start thinking about getting outside more, and we finally get to pull our shorts and tank tops out of storage! The inevitable result of that is our feeling the need to get healthier so we feel comfortable in those shorts.
Winter comfort food can add inches you weren’t counting on, and spring vegetables and fruits beg to take those inches off.
Think about your sugar intake. Is it time to cut back? I know you probably don’t want to hear it, but sugar is so bad for you. It just is.
Get started on some projects.
Maybe you’ve been itching to grow a garden! Perhaps you want to start a blog or take up scrapbooking. You might even want to redo your bathroom or paint an accent wall in your kitchen! This is the time to plan those projects and get going on them!
During this time of the year, your brain is naturally thinking of refreshing life, so why not take advantage of it and make some positive changes?
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” -Isaiah 43:19
What is your favorite thing to spruce up during the spring?