The snow has melted, the temperatures are starting to average (mostly) in the mid- to upper 50s and the excitement you had while looking at your over-the-knee boots is gone. Spring is in the motherf*cking air.
Spring is the ultimate “get your sh*t together” season. The time bomb that is bikini season is ticking. You have to switch your wardrobe up from all black to mostly all black with some floral prints thrown in, and pedicures are becoming more and more of a necessity now that sandal weather is here.
Besides the physical changes we hibernators need to make as the warmer weather approaches, there are other aspects of our lives we need to clean out. As human beings, we need to make sure we take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Here are some suggestions on how to spring clean the heck out of your life:
1. Clean up those social media accounts.
It's time to give your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Snapchat some serious TLC. Read through your personal summary, reorganize your boards and delete that weird kid who used to “poke” you in high school. Reorganizing your online presence and getting rid of ridiculous tweets and comments that were funny in 2012 can be surprisingly very refreshing.
2. Get rid of your ex's sh*t.
This doubles as both an emotional and physical benefit. You are finally removing that clutter from your possession, as well as from the emotional weight it may carry in your heart. Toss whatever you have of his, including his old t-shirts or sunglasses. It's time to let go and move on.
3. Ditch the clothes and shoes with holes, rips, stains, etc.
There is no use in holding on to damaged goods. That shirt may have been the one you wore to Coachella, but right now, there is a huge stain and rip in it. The shirt can go, but the memories don't have to.
4. Get a new bathing suit.
Our bodies have just made it through the grueling winter months. We may have lost some pounds here, but we have gained some inches there.
Our bodies are constantly changing. Donate that halter top bikini and buy yourself a new suit that has a silhouette that's the most flattering for you right now.
5. Get a meal plan.
Blow off the cobwebs from those cookbooks your Christmas stocking was stuffed with and read them. Dedicate a night off each week to meal prepping, and prepare your food for the week.
Your mind, belly and wallet will thank you when you don't have to panic about what you're ordering for lunch at 11:30 am on a Tuesday.
6. Clean out the fridge and cabinets.
Toss the box of Oreos that hasn't been touched in months, the quarter-filled box of pasta that you didn't seal appropriately and the salad dressing that has been sitting there that you're afraid to use. Make some room for some seasonal additions like watermelon and zucchini.
7. Give your style a trim.
Our locks go through a lot. Freezing rain, snow and negative temperatures can do a number on our hair. Call up your stylist and knock a few inches off. Fresh ends for a new season can be a huge confidence booster.
8. Go through that phone book and friends list.
Call that girlfriend you had to cancel margarita plans with due to the snowstorm, and delete the Tinder guy who drunk dials you at 2 am.
Evaluate who you want to be in contact with and who you don't. Adjust accordingly.
9. Say goodbye to toxic relationships.
At some point, we've all had a friend who doesn't call us back or a boy who is always unavailable on the weekends. Cut the ties. Spring is for new beginnings, so why hold on to a relationship that does nothing for you?
You want people in your life who better you and make you feel good about yourself. To hell with the rest of them.
10. Get a new workout plan.
Jogging on a treadmill three times a week may seem like a good workout plan, but it's time to switch things up. Focus on different parts of your body, and dedicate a day to working those specific muscles.
Doing the same routine over and over can get boring. Keep yourself entertained while working out, and the results will come much quicker.
11. Switch from your winter acoustic playlist to your upbeat summertime one.
It was fun while it lasted Ed Sheeran, Ben Rector and Lana Del Rey. But, it's time to switch that Spotify playlist to something more tropical and upbeat. Music can affect your mood, so why not start by listening to some songs about drinking cocktails on the beach?
Take the spring months to re-evaluate how you're doing in terms of your overall health. While eating right and exercising are two obvious ways to improve your health, your mental and emotional well-being also need some checking in on.
Make sure you take the time to get rid of negative things in your life and make room for positive ones. It should be your spring resolution to focus on you. Work on becoming the best version of yourself that you possibly can.