Spring Cleaning My Life

One of the many things I love about seasonal change is the chance for a fresh start. Each season entails different clothing, different routines, and different activities, sometimes dramatically different, sometimes more subtle. So when I read this recent post from Modern Mrs. Darcy, it really got me thinking about some changes I need to make this spring. These are the ways I’m spring cleaning my life:

  1. Start wearing sunscreen daily again. I know I should make this a priority because I don’t want to end up with skin cancer, but I’ll sheepishly admit that my fear of wrinkles and leathery skin is what really motivates me to slather on sunscreen in the warmer months. I’ve already found myself looking like a lobster once this spring, when I spent several hours outside without sunscreen, the day after using retinol on my face. (Talk about an anti-aging fail!) I love trying different skin care products, and I’m starting with this one and this one this spring.
  2. Move more – much more. I’m not an active person by nature, and I go into full-on hibernation mode in the winter. Unfortunately, as my doctor kindly pointed out at my physical last fall, I’ve gained 10+ pounds over the past five years. Judging from the warmer weather clothes I’ve dug out of the back of my closet recently, this trend has not been reversed. Now that it’s warm again, I have no excuse for not walking and/or running on a very regular basis. And my 5K goal from my goals for 2017 should give me plenty of motivation to get moving soon. Plus, I’ve got my Fitbit to keep me honest…
  3. Get outside daily. Whenever I’m feeling unsettled or out-of-sorts, I notice a quick improvement in my mental health after going outside. This is true even during the dead of winter. I’m not sure if it’s the sunlight, the fresh air, or just being in nature, in general, that makes the difference, but it consistently works. However, I love sitting on the couch (see change #2 above), reading, blogging, and just generally hanging out inside, so I need to make a real effort to get up and out every day to get the benefit of being outside.
  4. Research and plan free activities. Is it just me, or are there countless ways to spend a few dollars on kids during the summer? There’s the carousel, ice cream, festivals, splash parks, and all sorts of other activities competing for attention and cash. But I also know that there are lots of free activities in our area, and I need to put a little effort into researching and planning them. Our library is a great starting place, as well as the local parenting blogs and newsletters. I need to start filling the calendar with them as soon as I start hearing about them.
  5. Invest in some casual dresses and skirts. In past years, I’ve worn mainly shorts during the summer, even though I don’t really like them. They ride up, they’re really casual, and they simply do not flatter my body. This spring I’m investing in some casual, warm-weather dresses and skirts. I’m going to start by ordering a box from Stitch Fix. I haven’t received one in a while, but this seems like a great time to get some help refreshing my wardrobe. (Read about my love-hate relationship with Stich Fix here.) To keep costs down, I’m also doing some sourcing on ThredUp. They have tons of brand-new and excellent-condition clothes for great prices. Finally, I’ll take my shorts to the consignment store, to make a little money back on them.

Are you making any changes to your life this spring?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

22 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning My Life”

  1. Sounds like a great list. Good luck achieving these goals. I love spring time. I’m back out taking daily walks with my dog. And looking to declutter around the house and on the social media/internet, just trying to cut down on the amount of time I spend there.

  2. I have to find ways to move more all day too. I was taking some pics today and noticed how round my body is. This long winter and the sedentary lifestyle I embraced during the cold weather really did a number on my body.
    I live in NYC so hey to a fellow New Yorker. Glad I found you through the linkup and I just followed your blog.

  3. I’m also trying to move move, and I also find getting outside lifts my spirits. My main project this spring is decluttering the house and making it usable again. Way too much stuff just needs to go. I’ve started, but it will probably take a long time to finish. I’d rather be in the garden than in the house, and my blogging will have to slow down a bit, but right now the house is my priority.

  4. Done the spring wardrobe change over here recently too, my goal this year is to make some clothes so the style is what I want and the fit is just right! Though I’ve been telling myself to do this for the last 4 years maybe I’ll actually do it this year!

  5. Love your simple “spring cleaning” agenda. Isn’t it so true that sometimes the small changes make the biggest difference? It makes me wonder what I could do to freshen up my life! Thanks and blessings.

  6. Great list! I do well with getting outside, so-so about sunscreen and some of the others, but moving more is the one I need to work on! I’ll have to check out FitBit. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Super list. I need to start some Spring changes as well. I really really need to do more Spring cleaning. I have not yet. I need to revamp my clothes too! So glad to find your post at the homemaking party today. Visit me anytime!

  8. Great list! Getting a little sun and fresh air daily does wonders for my mental health too. Dresses for spring/summer are the best! I live in dresses all year long even when it’s freezing here in Monticello. Thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity! Xx

  9. Moving more is high on my priority list too! I’m hoping to take lots of opportunities this summer to get outside and run around with the kiddos. You have some great goals set! I know you’ll do great with them. Putting them in writing is a great way to set accountability.

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