(This post was contributed by Georgina Parkinson.)
Spring has arrived, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on months gone by and look forward to the future. Whether you’re planning a summer of fun or you’re looking to build on discoveries made in the winter, here are some simple tips to create a refreshed, organized home.
Out with the Old and in with the New
Spring is all about change and new beginnings. It’s arrival is an ideal excuse for a spring clean. Devote a couple of spare afternoons or a weekend to getting rid of any unwanted clutter and giving your home a thorough cleanse. Go through your clothes and donate anything you no longer need to charity. Tidy up toys, dust knickknacks, wash windows, and give your carpets a good vacuum or deep clean. A clean house aids clear thinking and it saves you from rushing around trying to find things when you’re in a hurry to get out of the house.
A new season is also a good time to air any grievances. If you’re feeling stressed out or things are weighing on you, share them with a spouse, friend, or counselor. Together, you can tackle any issues and move forward.
Family time is essential. If you’ve been busy over the holidays and stressed out at work with New Year deadlines, now is the time to reevaluate and plan for the future. Time is a luxury for many, but it should always be a priority. Intentionally make time for each other; and, when you have it–don’t waste it. Enjoy family days out captured with your Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens or a digital camera or even a basic smartphone, and create memories to cherish forever. You don’t need to travel far or spend a lot of money to make memories. You could have a quality experience thanks to a trip to the wildlife park, a walk on the beach or even an afternoon playing out in the garden.
Bring the Outside In
There’s a lot to be said for enjoying the great outdoors, and spring is an excellent time to bring the outside into your home. Inject some clean, fresh colors and let the natural light stream in through open windows. Open the curtains first thing in the morning to wake you up and try and spend as much time as you can outside. Look for trails to walk around your community or neighborhood. Plant some seeds in the garden and tend to them with the kids over the coming weeks. Getting your kids outdoors will not only help them burn off excess energy, but it will be healthy for the whole family.
If you live according to the mantra of carpe diem, making plans will come naturally. Give everyone something to look forward to, get some dates on the calendar, and don’t be afraid to take the plunge. Book that holiday or arrange that long-overdue visit to relatives or friends. Have fun and organize outings, weekends away, or fun events at home together as a family.
Have the longer days and warmer temperatures got you thinking? If so, why not follow these simple steps to iron out any problems, enjoy quality time together, and look forward to the months to come?