Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring cleaning your life

Right now the sun is shining, the birds are singing and there is a chance of storms. I thought spring would never get here. And now that it is I am eager to do some deep cleaning and get rid of things that I have been holding onto for way too long.

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Every year I try to go through and spring clean my life. It’s just like actual spring cleaning, but you clean out everything not just your closet and drawers.

1. Finances

Spring means one major thing for me... TAXES! So every year I go through my files and shred everything that I don’t need. I also like to go through my monthly expenses and figure out where I can save money and start budgeting for summer vacations. I use and I also keep track of certain things in a notebook. You just have to find what works best for you.

2. Declutter Your Home

Over the next couple of weeks go through your house and get rid of things that you no longer need, are broken or you haven’t used in years.

Be honest with yourself too! I can promise that doing so will make you feel so much better. Is it really necessary to hold on to the ten pairs of size 1 jeans that you wore before you ever had kids but have been secretly holding onto hoping that one day your butt would shrink enough for you to squeeze back into or is that can opener that has been sitting in the garage for 6 months going to fix itself?  

3. Donate

After you declutter, gather all the items that can be donated and donate them!

Not only can you use it as a tax write off for the next year, but your stuff will not be going to waste. I am sure there is some girl out there that needs those size 1 jeans even though I am stuck in my size 5’s.

See don’t you feel better already?

4. Deep Clean

Now is the perfect time to get your house in tip top shape. I like to open the windows, crank up the music and go to work. Start in one room and really clean it.
Examples: if you start in the kitchen... baseboards, air vents and behind the refrigerator.
bedroom... ceiling fans, baseboards, under the bed and steam clean carpets.

5. Clean Out Medicine Cabinets and Makeup Bag

Now is the time to go through your medicine cabinet and throw out old and expired medicines. There is nothing worse than having a baby with fever at midnight and when you get out his medicine realize that it has been expired 6 months.

Do the same thing with your makeup! Replace your mascara and throw out anything that looks old or is broken. Say spring with some pretty pink eyeshadow or soft pink lipstick. Here is a great chart to show you how long your makeup is good for.

6. Get a New Do

Another great way to start Spring is by scheduling that long overdo hair appointment. You know you want to! You can cut off inches or just get a trim. Either way it will be a great way to start off the season.

7. Eat Better

I know that we all say that we are going to be healthier and eat better. But do we? I am the first to admit that I am guilty of always saying I am going to eat better, but I never do. Here is the perfect opportunity. Make it a priority to eat healthier this spring. Eat more fresh vegetables. The weather will be warmer so you can grill out.

And what’s even better is with the warmer weather here and the days being longer it will be easier to get out there and go for that walk you have been longing to do or take the kids to the park or ride bikes.

How do you Spring clean your life?

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