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Spring Cleaning

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Last week, I was walking home to work when I suddenly felt a strange sensation – I was too hot. For the first time since April, I was forced to remove my puffer jacket while waiting at the pedestrian lights. The sun was warm on my face, and I could smell freshly cut grass.

It was clear; Spring is finally here! 

Spring is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s the perfect time to check in with yourself and take stock of what’s working for you (and what isn’t). With that in mind, here are a few tips to spring clean your life, so you can head into the sunny season feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of 2019!

 

Clean up your social media feeds

We’re all guilty of a late-night scroll. It might start off innocently enough – you give yourself 10 minutes to check to your feed before lights out. Next thing you know, it’s 1am and you’ve dropped your phone on your face after doing a deep dive into your primary school BFF’s insta.

Not only does this mean you get less sleep, but depending on who you follow, social media can have a serious on your mental health and sense of self worth.

If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself against images on social media, it’s time to go through you feeds and unfollow anyone who makes you feel bad, guilty or even just a bit ‘meh’. Whether it’s an ex, a celeb who spruiks diet teas or a toxic friend, it’s time to hit unfollow. 

If you’re needing an extra boost – give this a go.

 

Reconnect with old hobbies, or maybe pick up some new ones

Between school, work and relationships, it’s easy to forget the importance of play! 

It’s time to reconnect with your inner child and have some fun! That could mean writing stories, painting, or a bit of arts and crafts (see here for creative activities ideas). Or maybe you’re more of an outdoorsy type, in which case you could go for a hike, go for a bike ride or even join a sporting team. 

In today’s busy world, it’s more important than ever to make time for things you enjoy! 

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Clear out your closet

Out with the old, in with the new – nothing says fresh start like cleaning out your closet! It’s time to get rid of those pieces that hang in your wardrobe and simply never get worn – like that dress you impulse bought with friends and wore maybe once in the last year.

If you’re up for it, and your clothes are in good nick, you can even try selling your stuff on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. Otherwise, bag it up and take it to your local op shop. Or, if you’re feeling really inspired, try repurposing some of your older purchases. 

It’s a great way to reduce your eco footprint and fight back against the world of fast fashion! 

 

Hit Unsubscribe

Still getting those annoying chain emails that threaten a loveless existence unless you forward it onto your entire contact list? Time to hit unsubscribe!

Whether it’s notifications from a gym you no longer go to or a one-time purchase from a store that is desperate to draw you back, no one needs all that extra mail in their inbox! Clear out your spam folder and unsubscribe for those pesky emails.

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Sarah is a sociology graduate and freelance writing living in Melbourne. She is fascinated by issues of gender, sexuality and psychology. She can often be found reading, listening to music and watching Broad City.

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