I’m relentlessly cheery today, it could be sunstroke but there’s something about those first truly sunshiny spring days that just make me want to get my sh*t together and sort stuff out. All the stuff. That life admin that you just don’t have the time or the energy for in the depths of winter suddenly becomes infinitely possible.
I only really get the sorting-it-out feeling twice a year, Spring and early September with all the promise of an empty (definite hangover from school life. This and that new pair of Kickers I treat myself to at the end of the Summer…)
With a super long weekend on the way and motivation levels at an all time sun kissed* high, here are some ideas on spring cleaning your little life:
Clear your wardrobe I don’t want to steal Marie Kondo’s thunder but just drag every last bit of it out there and start going through. If it doesn’t make you feel like your absolute best self when you wear or think about wearing it and if you haven’t had it on in six months, get rid of it. Give it to a local charity looking for donations or flog it on Ebay or Depop or whatever the cool kids are using these days.
Get seasonal Spruce up your weekly menu with some jazzy new season stuff. It’s the perfect time to step away from the heavy stews and the chilis and get some salads and springy stir fries on the table. Cabbage is so in right now, I have a cracking quick and easy satay chicken and cabbage salad recipe to share soon (nicer than it sounds, I swear!) Also, is there any better way to spend an hour than surrounded by your favourite recipe books with a mug of tea bigger than your head? Nope.
Set up a savings account In an absolutely ideal world you’d be putting away around 20% of what you earn every month whether it’s into a pot for a new sofa, a holiday or just your rainy day fund. Because I’m achingly rock and roll, my savings are currently split between my pension (insert rocking out hand emoji. right. here) and a Vegas (baby) trip. I’m conflicted, what can I say. Whatever you can afford to save, you’re most likely to succeed if you automate it to come out of your wages every month straight into a savings account. Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world and 20% might be a no go but there is something good for the soul about having the discipline to save regularly and even if you start really small it will grow quicker than you think.
Plan some adventures Big or little, near or far, it really doesn’t matter. Just make some plans. I want to explore much more of the UK this year, we’re off along the south coast in June, I’m thinking about Edinburgh later in the year and I may or may not be planning a cheeky little anniversary surprise for the old fella somewhere further south than we are.
Check your bills Prepare yourself, this may be the most hardcore thing I’ve EVER written: are you paying what you should be for your bills? Use any of the comparison sites to check (I think we used USwitch). It’s normally a pretty easy process and as long as you’re paying your bills directly, you can normally switch to a better deal even if you’re a renter.
Make a date with someone you haven’t seen for a while or someone you don’t see enough of. That person who just popped into your mind? Phone them right now. Or text them if you’re an awkward squid on the phone.
Dust your corners Not a clever metaphor mate, literally get on your knees and clear the dust from all of your corners, under the bed, behind the fridge. Get a decent playlist or podcast on the go and just get on with it. Your world will be eleven and a half times lovelier.
Get Better at Something cooking, paddleboarding, roller blading if you’re stuck in 2001. Whatever. Make it your mission to use those lighter evenings to practice something that makes your heart sing. Mine is photography. Mine has been photography for a couple of years to be fair but this year I’m going to nail it. Stage one: photography book, garden, cup of tea, sunshine. Stage two: pick up camera. I hit stage one this weekend.
What’s on your Spring ‘to do’ list?
*if your motivation is stuck at drizzle level, feel free to spend the weekend cosied up inside with tea and books (cough a box set – try Line of Duty). It’s an equally valid way to spend four days.
This post is not sponsored by savings or seasons, just my own horrifyingly adult brain kicking in. FYI twenty one year old me wants to kick pension chatting me in the nuts.