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7 Things To Spring Clean In Your Life This Year

by InvisiblyMe

The dawning of spring’s daffodils and sunshine can be a good excuse to give our lives a little refresh, but you can choose any day of the year to get out of a rut and take a look at what you can change. There’s more to it than just deep cleaning the house, too. Here’s a look at 7 things to spring clean in your life to leave you feeling organised, energised and refreshed.

Whether it’s general “stuff”, mounds of paperwork or oodles of clothing, a good declutter of our physical space can be oddly satisfying. There are so many books and even TV programs on the matter now because it’s not always easy, especially if you like to keep stuff “just in case” or you struggle with indecision. Add in health problems, chronic pain and fatigue, and just the idea of it is exhausting.

This is another task to do in bits and pieces so you can pace yourself. Set small tasks, either by time allowance, so you do 10 minute slots of activity, or by item, so you tidy out one drawer at a time. 

You can do a little social good along the way, too. Recycle what you can in household recycling or to outlets, like H&M for clothes and textiles or to Boots for beauty products. Reuse or upcycle something you love and would actually use again to give it a new lease of life. Donate what you can to charity.

Ask yourself how you’d feel when looking back in future if you threw X, Y or Z away, would you regret it? Ask yourself how often you use the item, and whether there’s any genuine chance you’d use it again. Ask yourself if you’d miss it if it weren’t there. Ask yourself if you even noticed the item in the last few years until you just picked it up. 

It’s not just about decluttering, so unless you have serious storage constraints you don’t need to throw everything away. If you have keepsakes and such, keep them in good condition. For everything else, can you tidy up and better organise some of it? Storage boxes and organisers are in abundance in stores and online these days and they can prove very useful. I’m fond of labelling with my Phomemo embossed label maker thingybobby, too.

Emails can be hard to keep on top of and before you know it, you’re inundated. Set aside some time and take them in chunks, doing 5 or 10 minutes or however long you can manage here and there – go through all those unopened emails, delete the junk, send replies, deal with necessary tasks, flag or pin important messages, set up folders to organise your inbox. You might also have messages on social media that need actioning, so don’t forget those.

A man sits at a desk with his laptop computer open showing a new email in his inbox.

We’d all like to hope that the friends and family we have will be warm, caring, considerate and loving, but sadly that’s not always the case. It’s harder with family to walk away but if there are boundaries being broken, now might be the time to consider what you can do about it.

When it comes to friends, in real life or online, are those relationships positive? Or do they make you feel used, abused or otherwise negative? If there are things you need to say or do, think it through and make a decision. If you need to say “no” to someone or even walk away from that relationship, empower yourself to do so as part of your own self-care.

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Being chronically ill gets to be time-consuming and space-destroying, with medications, supplements, lifestyle items, pain management tools and medical appliances seeping into every room. Are there any things you can tidy up and organise?

With medications and supplements, can you better organise these to make your days a little easier? Would you benefit from a dosette box or pill container? Go through your medical cabinet; are there any out of date items that need to be disposed of? Are you short on anything that you need to replenish?

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, yet it often gets pushed back on our priorities list, especially when times get busy. Adopting a manageable skincare routine, one that allows for flexibility when you need it, can help your skin inside and out. 

Start with your face. Cleansing, moisturising, serums, exfoliation, face masks. Get the products you need together, and in the process get rid of what has expired or been open too long. Some beauty and toiletry products will have a ‘best before’ date but others may just have an hourglass image to show how many months it stays at its best once opened. Do you need anything else or is there something you’d like to try to target any particular skin complaints? Then think about the routine – maybe you want a more complex regimen of several products, or maybe you want to keep it simple with just a cleanser and moisturiser each morning and evening. Do what works for you.

Then think about your body, even though the idea of taking clothes off to moisturise in the winter is a painful thought. Even body moisturising once a month is better than never at all for 8 months of the year. 

Don’t forget your feet. Dry skin, not to mention any health issues like circulatory problems or diabetes, can lead to bigger concerns, so prevention is a good idea. Could you every so often try a foot bath, foot scrub, foot peel? Could you moisturise your tootsies once a week or fortnight? Again, whatever works for you and what your skin needs.

A light blue surface on which are numerous skincare products spread out, including tubs, bottles and sprays.

This has become a trendy phrase, but digital detoxing can be helpful, especially if you find yourself wasting time or feeling negative after your internet use. Reducing or having periods of time where you steer clear of certain online activities, which for many people means all social media channels, can be a way to reset yourself. 

If you aimlessly scroll and end up procrastinating a lot, this one might be for you. If you end up comparing yourself and your life to the glossy images on Instagram, this one might be for you. If you feel your blood pressure rising looking at the comments section in the Daily Mail app or feel anxious reading Tweets on X, then this one might be for you, too. 

Take a minute to see what your relationship with the internet is and whether you feel a detox might be beneficial. Then decide how to do it. You could set a timer while doing other things and avoid using social media until the timer goes off, you could go a whole week (or longer) without social media at all, or you could do it any other way that suits your preferences. 

Mental clutter and overthinking can weigh heavily on us and exhaust us in equal measure. Have you ever had the odd moment in your life where that heaviness lifted? Can you remember how it felt? If so, try to reach that feeling again. If you can’t remember ever feeling it, then now might be the time to do something about it. 

Emptying our mental clutter right this moment and keeping it light forever more is not realistic for many of us. It’s likely going to be incredibly hit and miss and very difficult, but learning to calm your mind even a little can make a huge difference. 

If you overthink, over-stress and carry a lot of mental baggage in your brain, is there any way you can let a little of it go, or temporarily put it down from time to time? There are different methods for managing it and you need to see what works for you. Meditation and mindfulness are popular options, but so too are keeping a diary, working through it all and talking it out with a friend or specialist, focusing on self-care, facing head-on the things you stress about, using stress-relief and distractions, and factoring in small joys to your daily life. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it because even a tiny declutter or a temporary ceasefire in your mind can allow you to breathe again and to see the brightness in your days that bit more.

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Looking for the Light April 24, 2024 - 4:18 pm

Hey, write me a comment to let me know how you’re doing. How the move go and your surgery update. Thinking of you. Hugs.

InvisiblyMe May 2, 2024 - 12:09 pm

Hey Mel, lovely to hear from you. How’re you holding up? Things have just been rather full on here, and we’ve started packing so we should (hopefully) be moving before too long. It’s going to be very slow going these days, hence starting early and doing things bit by bit. As for the surgery, my surgeons are still MIA so there’s no sign of any help yet and the hospital doesn’t care. Enough about me, how’re things with you? xx

Looking for the Light May 2, 2024 - 4:29 pm

It sounds like a tough situation and I understand not wanting to go on about it, I’m at the same point. I’m hanging on. Hugs.

Comedy Plus April 24, 2024 - 4:21 pm

Such great advice. Spring is the time to make a clean sweep.

Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Caz. Hugs. ♥

InvisiblyMe May 2, 2024 - 12:10 pm

Spring does have that feeling of refreshment, doesn’t it? 🌻 Thanks for commenting & I hope the week is treating you well so far! xx

Liz April 24, 2024 - 4:23 pm

A good list, Caz, of what we can do and it costs nothing.

Liz April 24, 2024 - 4:32 pm

Hi Caz, I accidentally hit sent before finishing my comment.

A good list as I mentioned before. As you know I don’t like clutter and I don’t have a lot of stuff, but you know the past year I have had satisfaction getting rid of certain things I wanted to get rid and I have managed to the last thing I was itching to do, which was to get rid of the bookcase. Well… its nearly gone. Part of it I have smashed and I will get rid of it bit by bit over time. No one wanted it. So I just have my metal shelf now in living room which I moved to where my bookcase used to be and the table I was debating to get rid is now near my window which I use for drawing at when I want to be at the table. I don’t have any urge to get rid of it now. I have found the balance.

And I sorted through mum’s paperwork. Getting rid of anything that was 10 years old or older, which didn’t take long with it already being in date order and filed accordingly.

So I feel better for doing those. 🙂

Stella Reddy April 24, 2024 - 5:23 pm

🌞 I’ll spend some time on these ideas when I am laid up and recovering, as they sound interesting…

Kymber Hawke April 24, 2024 - 5:36 pm

Hiya, Caz! I totally agree with everything on this list. I’d better get a move on because some of these will take real work! LOL

Hugs xoxo

Nancy Homlitas April 24, 2024 - 10:58 pm

Great list, Caz! You hit all the bases. Your suggestions have inspired me to start being more mindful of the feng shui of my environment-inside and outside of my body! 🙂

Carol Corrigan April 25, 2024 - 11:50 am

Great tips Pooja, and it’s stuff I’ve been trying to do over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been selling all my clothes with labels still attached! I’m an impulse buyer and it saddens me that I sell them for a 10th of the original price. I need to stop buying! I will be following your more tips over the coming weeks 🙂

The Oceanside Animals April 25, 2024 - 4:12 pm

Charlee: “Our Dada just cleaned some stuff out of one of the junk drawers in the kitchen. Does that count?”
Oona: “Oona doesn’t know if it counts, but she jumped right into the slot where that drawer goes and hid in there for a while, so she had a good time anyway!”

James V Viscosi April 25, 2024 - 4:34 pm

Every time I have to do something for my wife on her laptop or phone I always notice that she has like 12,000 unread emails. It makes me all twitchy but I’ve given up trying to get her to mark them read, or at least, empty her spam folder …

Blanca April 25, 2024 - 7:17 pm

Hi Caz! Thank you for this great post and excellent tips. I’m pretty good at spring cleaning material stuff, but point number 7 is a hard one for me. I try my best to put temporarily down all the things that worry and stress me, so I can cope with it better. I hope you and your mum are doing well

Michele Anderson April 25, 2024 - 11:58 pm

Just what I needed to start decluttering. Thank you, Caz 🙂

Despite Pain April 26, 2024 - 9:21 am

Timely post Caz. I badly need to do some decluttering in so many places….clothes, kitchen cupboards, emails!! I tried to clear some kitchen cupboards a few months ago. The box for the charity shop got filled fairly quickly but the problem was that it didn’t go to the charity shop. It sat there in my kitchen and I eventually started pulling things back out because well, “you just never know when you might want to use it”. So the next time, the box needs to go straight into the car and off to the charity shop.

George April 26, 2024 - 4:34 pm

Indeed those are all things we, especially me, need to do. I try to reduce screen time but end up with hundreds of emails to sort through. I keep stuff in case I need it because I don’t have the energy to go buy a replacement should the need arise. It feels like the chronic illness double edged sword, doesn’t it? Yes, kidding aside, those things would enhance and brighten our lives. – George 😎

da-AL April 29, 2024 - 8:21 pm

absolutely – great post, Caz 🙂

Greg Dennison April 30, 2024 - 5:46 am

I need to work on all of these. Except skin care, because I’m a dude…

DutchIl May 2, 2024 - 3:00 pm

Thank you for sharing!!.. every time I think about spring cleaning the words of Rose Milligan come to mind… 🙂

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust!
(Rose Milligan)

Hope the moving and surgery went well, life is all that you wish for it to be and until we meet again…
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your way,
May songbirds serenade your
every step along the way,
May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.
May the sun shine all day long
Everything go right, nothing go wrong
May those you love bring love back to you
And may all the wishes you wish come true
(Irish Saying)


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