It’s spring - time for overflowing greenery, all-day cleaning frenzies, and dreams of summer sun. I’ve enjoyed filling our living room window with little plants from a local greenhouse, and I’m slowly but surely cleaning out my closet.
Of course, it’s also time for a few of those “adulting” things, like taxes (*sad trombone sound*).
April is prime time to revamp for the rest of the year. Spring fervor gives the perfect momentum to check off some boxes from that growing to-do list.
But sometimes it can be hard to know where to start! So here's a run-down of things to get done in April when you've got that spring-cleaning fire fueling you.
Alright, speaking of spring cleaning, that's likely number one on most everyone's to-do list, but here are some specifics to get you rolling.
1. Declutter. This is probably your first instinct, so here are some lists that might help you start. (1, 2, 3).
2. Reorganize. After you've decluttered your home and whittled down to what really matters to you, take the time to put everything in it's place. I love rearranging now and again to give a space a new feel, especially in a small apartment.
3. Try a challenge. If you're like me, step #1 can be a real task, even with lists of ideas. That's why I decided to try a minimalism challenge. I took a look at some challenges, picked the tasks that were relevant to me, and scheduled one task everyday for the month of April. I think the key for me is scheduling bite-size pieces that I can take on one day at a time.
Here are some links that I've really been enjoying on the topic of minimalism! (1, 2, 3)
Finding your Green Thumb
1. Plant things. Or buy some plants. I think for the most part we naturally crave having plants around, especially in the spring. They're good for our health and our mood, and they're obviously necessary for sustaining life on this planet! Putting some greenery around the apartment was a much-needed spring to-do for me.
2. Eat better. What better time to "fix" your eating habits than in the spring, when fruits and vegetables are blooming and there are cute farmer's markets open around town? It's healthier and cheaper to eat in season, so check out what delicious produce spring brings! And why not combine #1 and #2 and try your hand at growing some food for yourself?
1. Tax return. Yep. It's time to get it done.
2. Budgeting. Every month you can start new, in any number of areas in life. One of those for me this month has been in making a budget for us. At times I haven't been great at following a budget, but at this stage in our lives (newlyweds, a grad student and an instructional aide) we're realizing how important it is to stick to a plan and to try our best to save. April may as well be the month to get on track!
1. Set goals. Like I mentioned above, you can start new every month. It may be a few months into the new year and nearing the end of the school year, but why not start fresh this month with the things you are hoping to accomplish this year? Here's a great pin on how to set and accomplish goals.
2. Refocus. This goes hand in hand with #1 (along with several of the other points above). Use this time to evaluate your dreams and habits and whether they coincide. Are your daily practices pushing you towards the goals you're setting? Bask in your newly decluttered home with some nice leafy plants and a few things accomplished from your to-do list and consider the vision you have for yourself.
So how do you feel? Are you ready to take on April?
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