Refresh your life this spring. Winter has been so hard on so many of us (especially us Midwesterners!), and we could all use a little press of the reset button. Keep reading for 11 ways you can refresh your life this spring.
Spring has finally sprung!
Michigan still has its own agenda when it comes to the weather (snow on March 31, anyone? No? No takers?), but already I’m feeling the fresh vibes. There’s more sunshine, the weather is (slightly) warming up, and I went without my winter jacket for the first time last week.
I’m one of those who gets cabin fever very easily. I find the snow beautiful, but I don’t do well with sub-zero temperatures and needing a hat and gloves if I want to walk out to the mailbox. We’re guilty of even skipping a week of putting our garbage out to the road because it’s too cold to drag it out there.
Spring and fall are great times to refresh things – not just your home, but your health and wellness routine, beauty routine, and more. And it’s way more than just dusting the baseboards. These items are all things that I plan on doing in Spring 2019, and I’m excited to help you find easy ways you can refresh your life this spring, too.
- Putting greenery everywhere! I’ve been obsessed with plants lately and have been trying SO hard to cultivate a green thumb. We’ve had a faux fiddle leaf fig in our dining room for about a year, a few eucalyptus sprigs in a living room vase, and my favorite golden pothos (fondly referred to as Henry) in a hanging basket at the corner of the kitchen. But I’m looking forward to adding to the collection. I keep seeing posts like this one and am determined to bring our home to life with some fresh greens. (PS this is a great article on plants that are really hard to kill!)
- Cleaning & organizing the baking cupboards. Oh yeah, you knew this was coming! Now is a great time for a pantry reset. Take out all your baking supplies, boxes and bags of grains and pasta, vinegars, and the like. Dig waaaaaayyyyyy far back there because you never know what half-eaten box of lasagna is lurking in the darkness. Toss out everything that you haven’t eaten in a few months, get rid of everything that’s expired, and start consolidating like items. I’m planning on purchasing these containers to store flour, sugar, and grains that I can purchase in bulk. No more buying plastic bags of brown rice or quinoa when I can take my own container to the natural foods store and stock up in bulk!
- Bring the outdoors in. We didn’t quite get enough of a jumpstart to plant a full-blown garden this year, but I do plan on cultivating a little herb garden! If my 15-year-old sister can grow chives and oregano, then so can I.
- Add more plants to your diet. Spring is the official season of farmer’s markets and fresh produce! Why not support your local farmers and stock up on fresh produce at the local market every week? You’re more likely to eat healthier and reduce food waste this way. And I’d highly recommend a cute farmer’s market tote to bring with you!
- Donate your knickknacks! I didn’t realize how much stuff I had this past winter. In Marie Kondo fashion, I’ve decided to walk around the house with a box and collect the knickknacks that are no longer serving me. Yes, that means the snowflake-themed pillows I didn’t even get out of their plastic totes this year…
- Change your bathroom & kitchen soaps. Please tell me I’m not the only one that goes CRAZY when bath & Body Works puts all their fall and winter candles & soaps on sale for super cheap in the winter… In the fall and winter, I bring out the pumpkin, vanilla, and cranberry scented soaps, and in the spring and summer I store them away in favor of fresh scents like lemon, mint, and citrus. Buy some new hand soaps and freshen the place up.
- Give your car a deep clean. Josh is always on my case about how I never wash my car in the winter! Oops. I mean who wants to stand outside and vacuum their car when it’s -10 with the windchill?! Take your car to the coolest car wash you know and treat it with a good wash, some wax, and a darn good vacuuming.
- Start a new good habit. Here’s mine (okay, there are two): make the bed every day and make time for really good skincare. I used to make my bed (by force – thanks, Mom) every single day as a kid, but college changed me. It feels SO good to sleep in a freshly made bed with clean linens, so I’m making that a priority. I’m also making my skin a priority! After a rough winter, my poor legs are dry and crying for help.
- Clean out your bookshelves. Okay, YES, keep the classics like A Clockwork Orange and To Kill A Mockingbird. But how many cookbooks and magazines have you saved that you never use? I, for one, have a bad habit of keeping old Cooking Light magazines because I never know when I might need a good Thanksgiving menu and the Internet is NO help! Keep a few good ones and donate the rest!
- Out of all these things, I think this next one is my favorite: consider if you’re becoming the person you set out to be at the beginning of the year. I am all about personal growth and reflection. In fact, after listening to this podcast, I took a couple days to write out my vision for the future. Guys, it’s 4 pages long. FOUR PAGES. But at the end of it is a personal statement. Not to get too gushy here, but the woman I envision myself becoming is these things: fearless, courageous, compassionate, powerful, creative, optimistic, hopeful, organic, peaceful, calm, giving, selfless, and kind of a hippie. When you think about the future you, where are you at with all that? Spring is a great time to revisit those visions!
- Try one new recipe every week. This will keep you from getting stuck in a rut and forces you to try new things! The newest thing I’ve added to my menu is gochujang and I’m freaking loving it!!! Pinterest is a great place for dinner inspiration! You might want to try this Weeknight Za’atar Chicken & Leeks, Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken, a Warm Brussels Sprouts & Grape Salad, Whole30 Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Smoky Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs, or Grilled Adobo Chicken Tacos! And all those cookbooks I mentioned above? I think they’re going to get some good use this season! Eeep! I can’t wait!
I think I could list a ton more, but that’s enough for now!
Tell me in the comments how you plan to refresh your life this spring!