"The 5 Best Ways To Make The Most Of Springtime..."

This has been a difficult year for so many people with travel bans, being apart from family, and varying degrees of lockdown time in their homes.

Then finally Spring is here, and with it comes sunshine, hope and a sense of renewal.

So, let’s look at five of the best ways to renew ourselves and spring clean our year.

  1. There is a proven link between clutter and stress levels. Our minds become overwhelmed with the excessive visual stimulation of “stuff” everywhere, which causes our senses to work overtime. So, take a look through your belongings and remove what doesn’t resonate with you anymore. Then take them to an opshop or charity because your clutter may just be the perfect new treasure for someone else.

  2. Redecorating can bring about a positive change. If you have an area in your home you dislike or that feels outdated, try and visualise a place outside of home that inspires you. Think of some words and colours to describe it’s look and vibe. For example, a blue boho beach feel. Then find an object or two, or perhaps some new paint that is reminiscent of this feeling. It doesn’t have to be your entire house, just a small area is enough to bring in the positive change.
  3. Putting our living environment to rights gives us a sense of control, especially in these times when we feel we have lost so much control over our lives and plans. Clutter, old broken objects and furniture you’ve been meaning to fix, a wardrobe full of clothes that don’t fit or don’t suit you anymore, just distracts us by drawing our attention away from what we want or need our focus to be on.
  4. A clean house brings calm. Since the dawn of time we are programed to be aware of our surroundings at all times in order to stay safe from predators and danger. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally because psychologically it puts us on edge not being able to see clear spaces in case danger lurks.
  5. A spring clean is like meditation – undertaking simple, repetitive tasks relaxes our mind. There is no need to really concentrate, so your mind becomes calm. Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done, whereas clearing through clutter, and cleaning up, settles our mind and gives us a sense of quiet achievement.

After spending time during Winter, and with the last months of stay at home quarantine measures, it may feel like your house is the last place in which you want to spend time.

We are, however, happiest in our own cocoon that reflects our interests, and the things that make us feel relaxed and comfortable. So, a little declutter, and a little refresh will bring something new into your space, and you’ll fall in love again with your home.

And isn’t Spring time the perfect time to fall in love?