There's a reason it's called "spring cleaning." As the weather gets warmer, it's time to throw open those windows, roll up your sleeves, and get busy. There are all kinds of projects you can tackle this spring, from house repairs and home improvement to family scheduling and personal goal-setting. Here are a few ideas to get you started that will have you feeling your best by summer!
Tired of your peeling paint? Is that broken hinge or dripping faucet driving you crazy? It's time to take action! Whether it's a bunch of minor repairs, an extended project like re-roofing or re-painting, or something even more dramatic – like a full bathroom remodel – addressing the maintenance needs of your house will go a long way toward helping you feel at home. Luckily, you don't have to be a professional plumber, electrician or carpenter to get it done. That's what handymen are for! You can search online for Handyman Services Portland OR, or wherever you live, to find the right professional for your needs. Often, handymen are highly skilled in a range of services so you won't need to coordinate with a ton of different contractors – leaving you more time for the rest of your spring cleaning tasks!
As the season changes, your family's schedule is likely changing with it. The school year is beginning to wind down, and maybe you're gearing up for "summer hours" at the office. Now is the perfect time to reset routines and establish a healthy schedule for all the people living under your roof. Family dinners are a great place to start. Research has shown that family dinners keep kids healthier, both physically and emotionally, and they aren't too difficult to orchestrate. Start small and commit to coming around the table together 2-3 nights a week for a home-cooked meal, take-out, or even at a restaurant. Spending time as a family while sharing a meal will likely improve not only your diet but also your family dynamics. That's a win-win.
What would spring cleaning be without a little self-improvement? No matter how good your house looks or how stable your family's schedule is, you can't feel your best if you don't also take care of yourself. While you're in the mode of refreshing, reorganizing, and resetting, apply those same principles to your personal life. Maybe there's a new exercise class you've been wanting to try, or a book you've been meaning to read. Maybe it's just time for a new haircut! Whatever "it" is that will make you feel happier, healthier and more like yourself, add it to your spring cleaning agenda – and then check it off the list.