It is that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and you are either facing drought conditions or more winter. Either way, it is time to clean your space and your health habits. Here are some ways to do both while staying motivated and accomplishing your goals.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle-
When it comes to cleaning your space, it can be tempting to fill garbage bags and just get rid of them. However, there are so many ways to recycle clothing, furniture and other items. Donate these items to shelters and second hand organizations. If you feel like your space needs a fresh look, a can of paint can do wonders to update furniture, but so can a throw blanket.
Once you have cleaned out your closets, get to the deep clean. Open up the windows and let the fresh air flow. Not only will this make the air more fresh, it will make you feel better too. At this point you are likely in need of Vitamin D and your lungs need a chance to really expand. Work that elbow grease in all the nooks and crannies and clean top to bottom. A lot of dust can accumulate over the winter months and dusting can help reduce allergy symptoms.
It is important to look in your medicine cabinet when spring cleaning as well. Check the expiration dates on your medications. Many pharmacies and clinics offer a medication take-back service for free. The U.S. FDA also has issued guidelines about the safe disposal of drugs. You’ll reduce your chances of becoming victim of a medication error and gain some storage space.
Take a look in your garage, basement, and under your sinks for cleaners, paints, solvents, etc. that can be toxic if sitting too long. Call your city or county sanitation department to find the location of the hazardous waste drop-off center, and get rid of anything you’re not going to use.
Now is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Clean Up Your Act-
Spring is also a great time to clean up your personal health habits. If you smoke, stop. If you don’t exercise, start. Clean out your refrigerator with healthy food and your recipe book with healthy recipes. Fill your garden with fresh vegetables and fruit. Consider other ways to get active whether it be hiking or an outdoor boot camp, a change in your exercise routine can re-energize and motivate you.
Cleaning your space and you health habits can also help your mental health. Many people experience attitude and mental changes over the course of the winter. While cleaning will not solve all that ails us, it can certain contribute to a more positive and clear outlook for many.
For more seasonal tips read: Spring Cleaning: Refresh Your Home and Your Health