8th March 2018Category: Working Carers
Spring is often seen as the time of year to declutter and clean. This week's article will teach you how to say goodbye to clothes in your wardrobe that still have tags on them and refresh your routine.
There will be no mention of a cleaning products but rather a look at all areas of life that might need a spring clean.
1. Revamp your fitness routine
How many of you have stopped your January fitness routine or the distractions of life mean that you are now down to one exercise session a week? This spring refresh your fitness routine. Start a new class or activity that is a challenge like trampolining or a 5k run. New, different and exciting exercise will keep you fit and motivated.
2. Goodbye unloved Clothes
This one could be a tough task for many of you but there is nothing more satisfying than saying goodbye to items you don’t use. Start with your wardrobe and make three piles; items worn in the past month, keep, and donate/sell/recycle. Move to the rest of your clothing, linens, shoes and even towels. Do you have a pair of jeans that you have kept for years for when you can fit back in them? Be honest with yourself and say bye-bye.
3. Open up your cupboards, drawers, and freezer
Does the thought of sorting through all your cupboards bring you out in a sweat? The big tip here is taking your time by doing one room at a time. In the bathroom; check the dates on the bottles and say goodbye to that body butter you have never used and hate the smell of. In the kitchen; how many kitchen gadgets do you have that were gifts or impulse purchases and you have only used once? Donate, recycle or sell these items. One place that is often forgotten is the freezer. Check the dates of food stuffed to the back of the freezer drawers.
4. Try a tech tidy up
The amount of files and data that piles up on a computer or phone over a year is surprising. Go through all your folders, pictures, apps, etc. and organise them. It might be worth saving photos on an external drive or up to ‘the cloud’. You will be amazed by how quickly your tech will work once big files like videos and photos don’t bog it down.
5. Office desk sort out
When was the last time you had a good sorting out session of all the paperwork on your office desk? Or cleaned out your locker? Take an hour and make your workspace a clean, tidy and sorted.
P.S. don’t forget to wipe your keyboard and mouse especially if you eat lunch at your desk.
6. Feel good relationships
This one is extremely hard to change but in the long term, this can be positive. Are there friendships that leave you feeling bad about yourself or that make you feel drained after meeting up? Maybe it’s time to make a commitment to yourself to say yes to the friendships that make you feel good and happy.
7. See your routine in black and white
Being a working carer can mean your free time is more restricted but look at your daily and weekly routine and see what you can do to improve it for you. For one week, write down what you do for each hour of each day. Then place it in a table (like a school timetable with a block for each hour). When you look at your timetable from a different perspective, you may be very surprised with how your time is used. Maybe you want to switch the time you exercise or want to add extra 30 minutes of sleep to each day. Or you want to read more but struggle to fit it in.
It’s about looking at your time differently, for example, if you want to read you could do it during your daily communte by downloading an audiobook and using the driving time for book ‘reading’.
8. Clean and clear your purse and debts
Empty your purse of all the money, receipt, slips and cards. Throw away old receipts or coupons that are now out of date (it might also be time to upgrade your purse too). Do you have loyalty cards you don’t need or a credit card you don’t use or no longer need? Decide what you want in your purse and cancel the plastic you don’t. Then go through all your financial bills and statements. Assess your current situation and make a new and refreshed action plan to reduce your debts and bills. Find out all the dates for your renewals for insurance etc. Look at switching and saving. Or even call or live chat online with your current provider to see what they can do. If you have credit card debt, it’s worth looking at free balance transfers deals or talk to your current provider. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
9. Get rid of your ‘just in case’ items
Do you have a drawer stuffed full of cables, chargers and old phones that you have kept for those ‘just-in-case’ moments? Have you actually used any of them? Go through the drawers and donate or sell your old mobile phones and only keep the cables for items you use.
10. The ‘just in case’ box
If you find all of this spring-cleaning and decluttering too much, it might be worth, doing the ‘just in case’ box. You basically place all of your ‘just in case’ items in the box such as; the random keys you have in case one day you discover what they are actually for, or the gift from a family member that you never use but keep in case they ask about it. Basically, all the items that give you that very strong sense that you might need it someday. Place them in the box and put it away. If you go on with life for 2 months and realise you don’t need anything from the box, it is time to get rid of the box.