By Adrienne Suhm
With springtime just around the corner, you may be considering the ultimate reset: a session of spring cleaning. Regardless of what area of your life needs refreshing, we have solutions to cleanse the mind, body, and home as the weather turns warmer.
Spring is known to be a time of rebirth as nature emerges from the hibernation and chill of winter. As humans, our bodies and biological processes follow the rhythm of seasons, so if you would like to make adjustments to your New Years’ Resolutions or simply make mindfulness a daily routine, springtime offers a perfect occasion to tap into your spiritual side. For a ritual to transition from winter to spring, take a few quiet minutes to write down a list of things you hope to leave behind as winter ends. Then, burn the sheet of paper or rip it up as a symbolic release of the energy that no longer serves you. Meditate and breathe deeply, knowing that the new season can open entirely new doors for you.
The shift from winter to spring is a fantastic time to do a short detox and reset your body for warmer months. You could try a full juice cleanse for three to seven days, or for something a little less intense, simply increase your intake on fruits and green veggies while eliminating processed foods, sugar, and caffeine for a few days. Produce has high amounts of fiber, which will improve digestion and help cleanse the liver. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins (a good rule of thumb is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces per day) and start the morning with hot water with lemon or herbal tea. Do light, cleansing exercise outdoors such as walking or yoga that can engage the body while increasing Vitamin D levels after low exposure to sunlight in the winter. You can also take this opportunity to reorganize the fridge and pantry and start a compost bin that will cut down on food waste in the kitchen.
Spring cleaning an entire apartment or home can be daunting, but we have a few key tips that will make the process less overwhelming and even enjoyable for you. First, set a day that is relatively wide open, such as a Saturday or Sunday, so that you can focus on cleaning with few distractions. Before that date, set a to-do list and gather all of the necessary materials so that you can dive right in on the designated cleaning day. Ensure that you have ample storage space available for any areas that need serious reorganization, and look for non-toxic and natural cleaning products, especially if you have children in your home. For a quick DIY non-toxic cleaning agent, mix baking soda with peppermint castile soap and warm water, or mix lemon juice with baking soda and vinegar to remove grime from toilets, sinks, and showers.
Next, prepare yourself with anything that will make the process more fun, such as music, a scented candle. Involve other family members, especially children, who can be involved in simpler tasks such as picking up toys, vacuuming, or cleaning the dishes. Tackle rooms one at a time throughout the day, and make sure to declutter each space before you begin cleaning. Any items that are no longer used can be placed in bags for donation to charity. Make sure to organize your space for functionality and deep-clean all of the spaces that are usually ignored throughout the year. Once you are done, enjoy the clean home and treat yourself to a bath or a glass of wine (or both!) to celebrate your accomplishment.