With the transition of seasons, it’s so important to recharge and renew yourself from one to the next. I find that if I don’t take time for myself, whether that’s to look at my life goals: my living environment or how I’m doing certain routines and rituals, I can end up in a bit of a funk as the weather changes.
Whether you’re Spring cleaning, or Summer/Autumn/Winter cleaning, taking time to reflect not just on yourself and your progress, but your living situation – how you’re storing items, the way your space is decorated or the clothes that you’re frequently wearing, is so important for transitioning from one season to the next.
As the weather changes, so do our fashions, routines and way that we spend our time. Whether you’ll be swapping out certain pieces to accommodate the rise/fall of temperature, different skincare items that provide extra nurture for the change or simply swapping out your decor for new festive pieces – I think that everyone to a degree Spring cleans, and today I wanted to talk about some key factors on why I think it’s so important.
Let Your Space Breathe
As I go through the year, I accumulate a lot of stuff. Whether it’s little knick-knacks that I pick up on my daily travels, or investment pieces that I’ve saved and poured my heart into. Because of this, it’s quite easy for my space to become cluttered and disorganised. Are you able to use your space how you originally envisioned? Is everything in this space serving its purpose?
You could take the Marie Kondo approach, picking up each item and determining whether or not it brings you joy. Or simply look at the flow of your living spaces and see what’s gathering dust more than other pieces.
Around this time I get itchy fingers and browse through pages like The Home Edit or Pinterest. Seeing the (gorgeous) displays of pantries, living rooms and kitchens that are organised to a tee always get me raring to go on my own personal projects, and not just for the feeling that I’m living in a picture on Pinterest, but for the workability of it, too. Making sure that I’ve tailored the space to how I work and so that every time I’m using that space, I know it’s in the most efficient way that it can be.
I don’t mean this in any sort of juice-cleanse way, quite the opposite actually. But, look at all the spaces in your life where you could be unhappy. Whether you think you’re spending too much time on your phone, too much time watching TV or simply too much time sorting through your drawers looking for that one thing you can never seem to find.
Giving yourself a detox, whether that’s in the form of stripping back how much time you take doing a particular action (using said phone, watching TV), or you detox an actual space – by taking out everything from your drawer, or your kitchen – or your wardrobe, this is a great place to start for a good cleaning.
Of course, this could also be used in the opposite ways. Perhaps there are things that you feel you aren’t spending enough time doing – maybe you’re not investing yourself into spending time with your loved ones, or spending time giving yourself some TLC. We all have areas in our lives that we want to improve, and this could be a method of figuring out what time you want to prioritise where.
Get Back to the Basics
Next (and now we’re talking about actually cleaning) – look at what each item serves: what does it bring to the table and how much do you use it? If it’s not as much as you think, then either get rid or separate from the rest of the things you’re cleaning.
Continue integrating this throughout the process and by the end you’ll have a pile of things that you thought you used but don’t, and an easier hill to climb on getting rid of them or integrating them back into your storage in a whole different way.
Look at Your Diet
Moving away from physically cleaning, the space in between seasons is a great time to look at your diet. I wrote about this last week when I took you guys on my Journey to Being a Vegetarian. That came about because my Mum and I were looking at our diets and knew something had to give. We weren’t happy, in fact – we were bored. We were eating the same five or six meals on rotation and were ready for a change: so we slowly integrated veggie-only meals on weekends. That became veggie (and fish) meals during the week, which inevitably lead me onto a veggie-only diet 24/7.
Of course, your diet doesn’t have to be that drastic – but spending time looking at what you’re eating, how that’s making you feel and what you want to do about it is important for your health and happiness. What we put in our bodies matters, and making sure you’re happy as you can be, as much as you can matters too.
Spend Some Time Outdoors
The change of weather is a great thing, as the sun comes and heats us up to the start of Winter when everything is cosy and the trees are crisping over. I find the best way to transition from one season to the next is the best way to embrace the change. Whether you’re going for little walks or simply going jogging once or twice a week – being among the weather as it transitions will help you adjust and bring clarity to the constant change.
Looking after ourselves as the times change and seasons pass is one of the most important things we can do. So making sure that self-care and love is a priority is equally as important. You can read more personal posts on stress here, like How to Look After Yourself When You’re Stressed.
How do you recharge for the next season?
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