Ah, springtime! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, warm weather is just around the corner, and with it comes that annual urge to clean.
When you think of spring cleaning, you probably think of traditional cleaning and organizing. But what about spring cleaning for your life?
This year, move beyond the traditional routine of cleaning out your cupboards and closets and consider rearranging and reorganizing other areas of your life.
Things like your exercise routine, your makeup drawer and your mind.
Below are some of the most effective ways to spring-clean your life.
Tips for Spring Cleaning, the Aging Backwards Way
- Clean out your makeup drawer –Clearing out your makeup drawer once a year makes room for new products and colors. This is especially true if you’re like most women and you accumulate cosmetics by the bagful over the course of a year.
Another advantage is you’ll likely find products at the bottom of your makeup case or drawer that you forgot about. Like that fabulous pink lipstick you bought but never wore.
As you clean out your makeup drawer, take time to wash your brushes thoroughly. Natural oils and embedded makeup accumulate deep in the bristles over time, which invites bacteria. I recommend Dawn dishwashing liquid as a quick way to remove oil from brushes thoroughly. It’s even used to clean birds and other wildlife that have been exposed to oil spills. If it can clean the birds, it can certainly remove oil from your brushes.
- Purge the Fridge – This is a good time to go through the refrigerator and throw away all your expired foods. It’s easy to dispose of spoiled fruits and vegetables when they’re past their prime, but it’s a little harder to pay attention to expiration dates on cans and bottles. I like to read the expiration dates every spring just to make sure everything I eat is fresh.
- Reshape Your Attitude –Springtime has a way of raising your spirits, especially if you tend to suffer from the winter blues. Make the most of this uplifting time and write out a list of all the things for which you feel grateful.
This will remind you of all the blessings in your life and will lift your spirits. After all, gratitude is good for the soul. Plus, gratitude has a magical way of zapping away anger, disappointment and anything else that might be making you feel bad. I also encourage you to dispel old grudges, call a friend you may have had a falling out with, or stop procrastinating and finally start that new project you want to tackle.
Let springtime be a time for renewal, reorganization and revitalization in your life!
Have a youthful day,
[Ed. Note: The latest addition to our panel of top experts, Jackie Silver is the author of Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young. She’s a dynamic and beautiful 50-something bombshell who looks half her age. She created “Aging Backwards” in 2006 to help empower women to look and feel younger than their actual age. Keep reading Ageless Beauty Secrets for more of Jackie’s best tips, tricks and secret weapons for stopping the effects of aging and improving the whole self – mind, body and spirit.]