Ten-to-Win with Kim Anthony: “10 Simple Steps to Spring Clean Your Life”
Kimberly Anthony | 4/20/2017, midnight
Spring is not only a great time to do some “spring cleaning” in your home and environment. Its wonderful time to spring clean your life! In this week’s “Ten-to-Win,” Kim synthesizes author Chrissa Hardy’s Spring Clean Your Life in 10 Simple Steps. Enjoy!
Check in on career goals. You need to ask yourself if the job you have is making you happy. Will it lead to something bigger and better in your chosen field? Are you settling in order to remain safely tucked inside of your comfort zone? Now could be the ideal moment to figure out your next move.
Reevaluate your relationship. Maybe you just did that, since Valentine's Day was only a few weeks ago. But it's much smarter to take a hard look at your relationship when you're not being force-fed societal pressures to spend too much money and make grand declarations as a way to compete with other couples. Do it now when you have a clear head so you can figure out if there are areas you two can work on, or if it's time to call it quits.
Break up with toxic friends. This may not be easy, but it will be worth it in the long run. Friends that make you feel bad about yourself are not friends you need. The length of time you've known them and the crazy struggles you've been through together don't mean anything if they always bring you down. Don't waste your time on anyone who treats you badly, and that's in a relationship, friendship, coworkers, and the like. Life is just too short.
Ditch all needless acquaintances. I understand the importance of having extended networks, particularly on social media. You never know when having a connection with someone could create an opportunity for you. However, there are some Internet connections that are worthy of being broken. Declutter your friends and follow lists if you're constantly faced with needless negativity, bonkers political views with zero facts to back them up, or really anything else that rubs you the wrong way.
Declutter your closet. You KNOW you've got at least 10 items in there that you will never wear again, so it's time for those to go. Ditch the purses you've used and are nothing more than stray penny and old receipt containers now. Toss the trendy top from five years ago you were never in the mood to wear. Get rid of the cheap tees and tanks that are worn out, because those can easily be replaced.
Toss the clothes that don't make you feel amazing. We all have a section of clothing that we keep because we think we might someday need it — but if those clothes aren't something you love wearing right now, toss them. If you have an entire closet full of items that you only ever feel amazing in, then you will never be at a loss for finding something to wear.
Organize your workspace. I can't focus on work when I'm surrounded by a tornado of random paperwork, and I'm guessing you can't either. Take an hour and make your workspace a place of minimalism, organization, and creativity. It'll be worth it, I promise.
Focus on your fitness. Create a workout plan as a way to feel stronger and gain more energy, and you'll be more likely to exercise consistently. Make a schedule, include something that's actually fun, and go for it.
Sleep more. Speaking of balance, you need more sleep. How do I know? It's an easy guess, since most of us are overworked and overtired. Once you improve your sleep habits, everything else is just easier.
Cherish the quiet. There is so much needless noise in this world. And this is the perfect time to declutter that as well. And while there are many things that are educational, interesting, and ultimately worthwhile. But once in a while, you should give silence a try. Mostly because it's so rare, and thus, kinda beautiful.