Over the past few days, Spring has definitely sprung. Winter is a thing of the past. The days are staying lighter for longer, the need for thick winter coats & scarves is pretty much over and the Easter eggs are out in force. If that isn’t a sign of spring, I don’t know what is.
Everyone knows the term ‘spring clean’. It’s usually just a word we apply to getting our houses in working order, finishing any odd jobs and embracing our inner Kim & Aggie, although after watching CBB..more Aggie than Kim..This year however, I have decided to apply the term to all of my life. I don’t whether it’s because I am going to be becoming a Mum this year but I feel I have a responsibility to really get my shit in order, along with re-evaluating and organising my life. Here are the ways I intend to do that..
1. Straighten Out Your Finances
Money can be a huge worry for some people and really take a toll on them mentally and emotionally. Whilst it may be scary to really sit and assess your financial situation, it will really help give you peace of mind. Pushing the problem away and staying oblivious will only make it worse and increase your stress. Try setting yourself a budget every month, after bills and all your essentials, budget what you spend on luxuries. By luxuries I don’t mean a designer pair of shoes (a gal can dream..). Your morning Starbucks or shop-bought lunches can really add up over time and they aren’t essentials.
2. Clean Up Your Relationships
I am really guilty of clinging on to relationships just for the fact that I don’t want to admit defeat. Over the past year I have let lots of friendships go as I realised they weren’t making me happy anymore. They were dragging me down and turning me into someone I didn’t want to be. Someone I wasn’t proud to be. If you think it’s just a rough patch then hell yes try sorting it out but sometimes there isn’t a resolution and you’re just trying to hold on to something for the sake of it. I’ve come to the realisation that it is definitely quality over quantity. Focus on the people that make you feel good and bring out the best in you.
3. Declutter Your Mind
It’s time to let go of any negative feelings you might be holding onto. Jealousy, anger and hatred can have such a impact on your mental health and harbouring onto this feelings for an extended period of time isn’t good for anyone. These feelings aren’t adding anything positive to your life. Instead of sitting and dwelling on the negative feelings, find an outlet for them. Whether that be going to the gym, cooking or watching your favourite tv program..focus your energy on things that make you happy.
4. Cherish The Quiet
With so much social media around these days and with how technology is, it’s hard to just be quiet. I myself am guilty of always needing to be doing something online. Whether that’s perusing Instagram or finding a new TV show to binge-watch. One of my favourite times of day is when I get into bed, turn my phone onto ‘Do Not Disturb’ and pick up my current read. It’s so rare to have a quiet moment these days. So enjoy it.
With so many things going on personally at the minute; having a baby, trying to get the house in order..I have been starting to feel really overwhelmed. Like I don’t know where to start. Lists have become my new best friend. Whether there are twenty things on the list or only three, having the tasks written down in front of me make it so much easier to manage. Prioritise your list and cross off all the tasks you complete. There is nothing more satisfying than putting a big scribble through a task that has been bothering you for weeks.
6. Get Rid Of Clutter
I have spent the fast two days getting the house organised and throwing out anything and everything that I have no need for. I went through all the food cupboards, throwing things away that are past there sell by dates or haven’t been used in a few months. My cupboards are now in much better order..
I also went through my wardrobe, mainly for the fact that I have been on a ‘breastfeeding friendly’ shopping trip and needed to have somewhere to put away the new things i’d bought. I got rid of things I haven’t worn in months, but kept hold of ‘just incase’ and also clothes that I know won’t fit me for a while. I suppose that’s also an excuse for going on a shopping trip after the baby is born..
I am possibly one of the most unorganised people you will meet. I envy the people who have their shit together when it comes to organising their households, spending time with their family & friends and working full-time. I could never find a balance between them all. I am holiday from work this week so i’ve spent the past two days giving the house a really good clean from top to bottom, getting on top of all the clothes washing and finishing off all the odd jobs we needed doing (finally putting our new curtains up in the bedroom, putting up picture frames and shelves..all that fun stuff). I already feel so much more relaxed and feel like once you get on top of it all, it’s easier to manage and won’t take you as long. So you have more time to spend with your loved ones.
I’d love to know how you organise your life and whether you plan to take advantage of a really good spring clean?!