Creative Ways to Spring Clean (That Aren't Your House)
Spring cleaning is an initiative that dates back to thousands of years ago and typically begins in March or April. Housecleaning is the most popular form of seasonal cleanups and decluttering. However, as many households already conquered this task during the pandemic, and as we get deeper into the season, consider these 3 modern ways to spring clean.
1. Spring clean your gut health
We clean our houses regularly, why not clean our bodies too? Easy ways to implement this task is to reduce or eliminate sugar, while increasing fermented foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fiber. Adding chia or flax seeds to oatmeal, cereal, and smoothies is one way to pack in the fiber. To soothe and nourish the gut, try chamomile tea, aloe vera juice, bone broths, and ginger.
2. Organize and automate your email inboxes
There's two types of people in this world: those with 2,438 unread messages and those with an inbox that's entirely visible in a single glance. If you're ready for the latter lifestyle (it's a game-changer!), check out email unsubscribe services that instantly capture your subscriptions and enable you to unsubscribe in one click. An example is unroll.me, a free service that can also consolidate promotional emails in a daily or weekly roundup.
Bonus tip: Gmail users can create filters for specific keywords or phrases that appear in emails, which are automatically organized by filter.
3. Refresh your mind
Clear mind, who's this? Write down all of last season's worries and anxieties on a sheet of paper. Then, burn or bury the paper as a symbolic gesture of letting go. Amplify this practice by scheduling it on the full moon (May 26 is the next one), as well as meditating before and after. If you've already spring cleaned your mind and are ready to set a seasonal intention, try this practice during the full moon instead when the time is right for creating goals.