With the weather finally warming up and many of us finding it harder to stay inside, it may be time to consider doing an all-around spring clean to make the best of the remainder of our time indoors! Not only does a proper spring clean entail riding our houses of unnecessary belongings, but it also means assessing our environments for what may be impacting our overall well-being.
Dr. Nathalie’s 7 Ways to Spring Clean for Better Health this Summer
So before we can all resume back to our normal-paced schedules, here are 7 areas of your life that you can ‘spring clean’ for better health this summer:
- Your Pantry – Trying to lose weight or eat healthier? Finding the ‘quarantine snacking’ getting in the way of your efforts? Your pantry is the first place you should declutter. The best way to avoid temptations is to not tempt yourself in the first place! Get rid of the high sugar, processed foods by banishing cookies, chips, crackers, and other junk you might have impulsively bought during your time at home. Stock your fridge with fresh organic produce, lean meats, and healthy sources of fat. While you’re at it, use the extra time on your hands to get creative in the kitchen and prep healthy meals, and you’ll see just how much easier eating healthy can be.
- Your Makeup – Be honest, when was the last time you went through your makeup and checked to see if anything was expired? If you’re like most people, probably never. With many of us ladies taking a break from getting dolled-up while at home, it may be time to pay a visit to our beauty habits and see where there may be room for improvement. Though old or expired makeup may appear fine, it can be harboring invisible bacteria. What’s more, most makeup out there is made with a long list of toxic chemicals, many of which can disrupt our hormones and wreak havoc on our endocrine health. Go through your cosmetic bag and toss anything that’s expired or contains ingredients from Eco Expert Adria Vasil’s Mean 15 list. There are tons of amazing natural cosmetics on the market. The Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database can help you make the right decision.
- Your Clothes – You should feel confident in your clothes. As we start getting ready to go back to work, now is the perfect time for a wardrobe refresh. If your current closet isn’t doing it for you, or if you are holding onto clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Get rid of them. Donate them to a local charity, and buy yourself a few new pieces. It’s amazing what a nice outfit can do for your morale.
- Your Agenda – This one might be a little more difficult, but if this time off has taught us anything, it is how important it is to slow down and focus on things that matter. Figure out what you want to do less of and cut it out of your schedule. Put aside time for your undivided attention on important tasks, schedule breaks, and delegate anything that doesn’t ‘spark joy.’ Dread cleaning? Hire a cleaning service. Hate cooking every night? Devote a few hours on Sunday and make your weekly meals then. Obviously, you can’t cut every mundane activity out of your schedule. Things still need to get done! But if an activity is really bogging you down, get rid of it and make time for the things that bring you joy.
- Your Office – Whether you work from a pre-existing or newly-made home office, or at a separate location, things can get pretty disorganized pretty fast. Now’s the time to go through the pile of papers you’ve been avoiding, getting rid of knick-knacks that don’t serve any purpose, or even go through and clear your “Downloads” folder on your computer and phone. Toss out the old snacks in your cupboard. And wipe down your laptop and keyboard. A clean desk will make even the most stressful job, a little more zen.
- Your Sporting Equipment – With nice weather creeping in, take stock of your fitness equipment. Do you actually use the equipment and gadgets you’ve purchased over the years? And if you are, what kind of shape are they in? Get the bike out of storage and schedule a tune-up. Check to make sure your rollerblades are still in good condition. Treat yourself to a new pair of runners. Set yourself up for outdoor fitness success.
- Your Relationships – This time in isolation sure has put many relationships into perspective. Are you hanging around people who drain you? Who always have something negative to say? Or who are completely self-absorbed? Decluttering your relationships may sound harsh but it’s often necessary. Your friends and family should lift you up, not bring you down. If you aren’t getting anything out of a relationship, don’t put so much effort into it. Focus your attention on the relationships that feel right. Who do you want to sit on a patio with, enjoying a great dinner? Make time to nurture these relationships.
I hope this blog got you jazzed-up about de-cluttering, getting organized, and spending quality time with great people this summer! Happy “cleaning”!