It’s spring time! The sun is out and it’s warm here in California. And that makes me so excited. Especially because I love the spring time! The freshness and flowers blooming are awesome. And it doesn’t hurt that both my birthday and Mango Muse Events’ anniversary is in spring too (wink).
But, part of what I enjoy about spring is spring cleaning. Ok, so I’ll be honest, cleaning, in general, isn’t fun for me. I’m no Monica Geller. But, I do enjoy the cathartic feeling.
It’s not just about purging my closet or getting rid of kitchenware I no longer use. It’s about streamlining and simplifying not just the physical things in my life, but the way my life works.
Even if you’re Marie Kondo and you love everything you own and everything has a place, I still think there are areas of life where some spring cleaning would be beneficial. And when you do it, it’s freeing. You feel lighter and more joyful.
Today, I want to share some areas where you can give your life a spring cleaning. I’m no pro by any means, but spring cleaning has brought me more joy and I hope it can do the same for you too.
4 Ways to Give your Life A Spring Cleaning
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#1 – Your wedding and other personal events
Are you surprised? I am the wedding planner, so yes spring cleaning also relates to your wedding. But, it’s not just your wedding. It’s the birthday party you’re planning or the bachelorette party. It’s the summer get together or the winter ski trip.
Planning your wedding and other events no matter how big or small all require both time and effort. To spring clean this area of your life, think about how you’re planning and see if there are ways to make it faster, easier, or simpler.
For example, maybe it’s using a program like Passport to Joy so you won’t be overwhelmed planning your wedding on your own. Maybe it’s asking a gardener to help you clean up the back yard so you don’t have to worry about it looking ready. Or maybe it’s going to the restaurant you know has amazing food, so you don’t have to stress over options.
Think about the ways you could either get some help or just adjust how you’re doing things to make it easier. This can result in changing your planning in a major way or just a few little ways. But, simplifying and finding ways to make the process easier is only going to help make planning happier.
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#2 – Your work day
Spring cleaning your work day is all about productivity. I’m an entrepreneur, so the structure of my day is really important. Because if I don’t get things done, then nothing gets done. But even if you aren’t an entrepreneur, it’s not about working more hours (no one wants that), it’s about doing the most with the hours you have.
Similarly to looking at how you plan your wedding, you want to think about how you’re working. What does your day look like? Are you switching between things or are you focused? Do you have a routine for certain days?
A huge part of what makes me productive or not productive is how much I’m multi-tasking. It took me a while to realize this, but my skill at multi-tasking wasn’t actually a good thing. When you can focus on one thing you can get it done much faster.
We have so many distractions – email, phone calls, slack, social media, etc… that it can be hard to focus. When you group tasks and focus on them, you get them done much quicker and dare I say better.
So, take a look at your work day and try to structure it so you focus on certain things on certain days. Or dedicate an hour to this project before you move on to the next. And try not to jump between things like email and a project. Now, of course, there are instances when you can’t help it, but if you can find a way to batch your time you’ll get way more done and maybe get that raise too.
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#3 – Your personal time
While your work day is about structure your personal time should be much more flexible. I don’t like to fully plan out my free time because well, this is my chance to do what I want based on how I feel. So, I want space for that.
But, the truth is that you have some responsibilities that fall into your personal time. Like planning your wedding for example. Or going grocery shopping, doing the laundry, going to the gym or running errands. So, you can spring clean your personal time by adding in some routines. I know that sounds the opposite of flexible. But, hear me out.
Routines while structured, reduces thinking. And thinking sucks time. If you don’t have to think about when you’re going to do the laundry, it’s just one less thing to worry about or spend time on. Which means your free time is totally free. You can have your Sunday morning to sleep in because you know Saturday afternoon is when you run errands.
So, create some routines around the things you always have to do. Pick days or times to get items done and stick to it as best you can. Now things do shift during the week and sometimes your routine has to shift. But, having a routine means you have one, five, or ten fewer things to think about and more time for play.
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#4 – Your meals and cooking
I like to eat, it’s one of my happy things. But, while I enjoy eating, cooking is another story. It’s not that I don’t like to cook, it’s just that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure. But regardless of how you feel about cooking, meals are one thing you have to make choices on every day. And choices like thinking, require time and effort.
The fewer decisions you have to make, the less time you spend making them. Think about how many times a day you debate over what to eat. It’s always a conversation I have with my husband. What are we eating? Spring cleaning your meals means reducing the decisions which free you up to spend your brain power and your time on something else.
So, one way to do this is to get better about meal planning for the week. Figure out the 3 meals you’re cooking, shop for those on your designated shopping day and then you’re prepared. Another idea is to sign up for meal service like Blue Apron where pre-planned meals just show up to your door. If you go out for lunch, let someone else pick the restaurant or hit up your go-to location.
Now I know what you’re going to say, part of the fun of eating is picking the place and what you’re eating. Hey, I get it. I like to eat too, remember? You don’t have to remove all your decisions around food. You can plan your weekday meals, but leave your weekend meals open. But, just by reducing some decisions, you’ll have less to think about and more time to spend eating.
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There are so many areas big and small where you could use a little spring cleaning and give yourself more freedom, more time and more joy. Pick one area or a few and see the difference it can make in your life.
Want even more spring cleaning? What if you could learn the biggest wedding mistakes and how to avoid them so you won’t waste time, money and headaches when you plan your wedding? Are you in?
I’m holding FREE 5-day live wedding planning party from March 27-31 all around the biggest wedding mistakes and what you can do to prevent them.
I’ll be sharing the biggest mistakes I’ve both seen and personally encountered. Along with the crucial tips and information you need so you can avoid these mistakes in your wedding.
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