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Most of the country is dealing with record breaking cold right now. Thankfully spring is going to be here in less than thirty days. Let’s hope this is the last of snow and super cold weather than we see for many months.
I cannot wait for spring time. Fall is my all time favorite season, but spring is my second favorite. I think it’s because everything turns green again and the flowers start blooming.
Now that we’re heading into a new season, I thought I would share some “musts” that you might like to try. These are things I try to do when the seasons change.
Normally I wear silver or white gold jewelry. I think it’s because the color silver reminds me of winter.
When the seasons change to warmer weather, I like to swap out my silver jewelry for gold jewelry. The color gold reminds me of sunshine and warner weather. It just makes sense that gold jewelry should be warned in the warmer months.
I tend to go in “waves” when it comes to my clothing. I don’t necessarily mean swapping out cold weather clothes for warm weather clothes. What I mean is that usually twice a year (sometimes more) I get bored with my clothes and I end up shopping at a lot of my favorite retailers like Torrid or Dress Barn to pick up some more pieces. So along with rotating warmer weather clothes and cold weather clothes, I also weed out pieces of clothing that I have either never worn in the past few months, or hardly ever worn.
A great hack that I learned about and I personally use is taking all your clothing (the ones you hang up in the closet) and hang all your hangers in one direction. As you wear clothing and wash them, hang them up with the hanger in the opposite direction. After six months (or whatever time frame you’d like), anything that hasn’t been moved the opposite way (meaning something that you have not worn), take it out of your closet and donate it.
Please consider donating unwanted clothing to places like battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters or even some place like the Salvation Army.
I love to color my hair. My hair tends to reflect the seasons, as well as my wardrobe. In the fall and winter my hair is colored a auburn/dark auburn color. In the spring and summer I opt for something closer to my natural hair color (light auburn or strawberry blonde). I also look into having my hair cut a different way and/or style it in a different way.
After being buried under heavy clothing all winter long, a brand new cut and color for the spring can be very refreshing.
Thankfully my local Supercuts is open again. I just recently went to them for a cut and color.
Just like your closet, spring time is a great time to rid your home of junk and things you no longer need or use. Spring is a time of renewal, so why not give your home that same sense of newness and renewal by tossing out the junk you no longer have a need for.
We have a “junk drawer” in the kitchen, but that is not where the junk tends to gather. Everything ends up in the bedroom closet. Have you ever seen those cartoons and comics where you open the closet and everything comes falling out – including the kitchen sink? That pretty much describes the bedroom closet.
As the weather gets warmer, toss open a few windows to let some fresh air in, turn up the music and get down and dirty to cleaning your home from top to bottom (aka “spring cleaning”), and while you are at it, get rid of things you no longer need. If you haven’t used it in the past six months, chances are you don’t REALLY need it, so why not get rid of it. You can also donate home goods at the Salvation Army. Our local animal shelter also has a thrift store where they sell donated items for money they can use at the shelter.
Now that the weather is getting better, it’s a great time to check your home for safety issue. For example, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. You should also be checking vents and cleaning filters (make sure to clean out the lint trap in your dryer! Those are huge fire hazards).
Once the snow melts and you can get outside, check around your home for cracks in the side walk (tripping hazard), cracks in windows. leaky pipes… you get the idea. It’s a good idea to give your home a “once over” both inside and out.
After being stuck inside all winter, now is a great time to think about getting outside whether it’s gardening, yard work, a stroll around the neighborhood or even a hike. Fresh air can do a world of wonders for you. Fresh air has been known to make people feel happier. It’s also a great way to clean out your lungs. Fresh air can help give you more energy and a sharper mind, and if you are busy outside, it can also help you to sleep better.
If you are not one to be outside that much, find something that interests you to help you to be more active outside. For example, you could volunteer at a local animal shelter to walk the shelter dogs. Or you can volunteer to help clean up a local park.
Take Care of YOU
Now is a great time to think about YOU and the things that make YOU happy.
Winter time can be so down and gloomy. It can really have an effect on people (seasonal affective disorder). It can really bring people down. If you are one such person (I am!), now would be a great time to look into things that make YOU happy. Call a friend, write a letter, play with your kids in the yard, take up a new hobby, exercise… whatever makes YOU happy DO IT!
Honestly, I can think of many other ideas. These are just a few of them.
What things do you like to do in the spring time? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.