Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

The age-old tradition of spring cleaning, is age old for a good reason. It can actually be incredibly helpful not only for your health, but also your peace of mind when starting a new season.

In this blog, we will give you plenty of reasons why spring cleaning (and maintaining that cleanliness) can help you as a person, as well as a couple of tips on how to get the best clean, and how to keep it clean.

First let’s start with the reasons you should take a weekend and get your home ready for the care free fun of spring and summer.

  1. It can help with many health issues—such as allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer like myself, whether that’s seasonal or dust, cleaning regularly can really help alleviate some of your allergy symptoms (like the itchy eyes, stuffy nose and congestion).
  2. De-cluttered homes, means de-cluttered minds—having less clutter around you, and in your environment meant for work or relaxation. The less there is around you to distract your mind, the more productive and at peace you may be able to feel.
  3. Deep clean now, relax later—If you are proactive in the beginning of the season, and take a weekend to deep clean now, it will be easier to maintain once the warmer months come around and you want to have fun!

Now that you’ve decided to take on spring cleaning, lets get down to the how, with some tips and tricks on how to get a great clean (and maintain it!)

You’ll want to start by decluttering the room you’re deep cleaning. If it’s a bedroom, start by getting rid of old or unworn clothes in the closet or drawers. You can donate what you are able, and toss what might be too old or ratty! If you’re in the bathroom, declutter any unused or disliked hair, skincare or makeup products and toss them. Clean out anything that hasn’t been used in the last 6 months from the cabinets of your vanity and medicine cabinet. (Be sure to properly dispose of any medication according to your state, county, or city laws or ordinances). If you’re working on an office, shred any old paperwork taking up room in drawers or on the desk, and get organized with a filing cabinet or desk organizers.

Now down to the cleaning! No matter what room you are in, the first thing you will want to do is open all the windows to let the old stale winter air out, and let the fresh air in. It helps if you pick a warmer day (above 55 degrees).

It is helpful regardless what room of your house you’re in, to dust all surfaces (counters, bookshelves, desks) and any décor that sits on them. Next you’ll want to vacuum any carpet to get old dust mites out and make sure the air you’re breathing is allergen free. If you are in a kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want to sweep and mop all flooring. Also in the bathroom and kitchen, you’ll want to clean all faucets and shower heads.  You’ll also want to wash all linens in every room, so they are fresh and do not contain any of the dust or germs you are trying to get rid of.

A major part of deep cleaning, is cleaning not only the obvious things, but also certain things that get dirty but get over looked in routine cleaning, such as air vents and window sills. To start, you can unscrew air vents, dust them off and then allow them to soak in a hot water and a small amount of dish soap.

To clean your window sills, it can be helpful to use a mixture of water, vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the sill and allow to sit there for a few minutes, and then clean off with a damp sponge.

Although this is a small list of things that can help you to deep clean your home, these small tricks can really help benefit your health and mindfulness as we head into spring!

 

 

 

Nicole Aimone

For more information, Check out these sources:

https://www.stayatommom.com/7-reasons-to-keep-a-tidy-house/

 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/allergies/home-cleaning.aspx

 

https://www.today.com/series/how-often-should-you/how-clean-vent-covers-t34851

 

 

 

10 Small Changes for Big Results

Try to make some of these simple changes to improve your overall health.

1 Replace Refined Carbs

Instead of eating refined carbs like white rice and pasta, switch to whole grain options. Whole grains contain more nutrients and fiber. Whole grains can also help you feel full longer.

2 Stop Drinking Soda

Try to switch from drinking soda to unsweetened tea or water. Soda contains various unhealthy ingredients and is full of empty calories.

3 Step it up!

Set a goal for yourself to reach 10,000 steps a day or more. Try to make an effort to not sit for long periods of time.

4 Eat Slowly

            Eating slower can help you not eat as much. It takes your body about 20 minutes to realize you are full.

5 Get Some Sleep

Aim to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting the proper amount of sleep has various health benefits and can you not overeat the next day.

6 Take the Stairs

Try to make a conscious effort to take the stairs instead of heading for the elevator. Walking up a few flights of stair can be a great bit of physical activity during your day.

7 Eat More Veggies

Try to make the majority of your plate consist of vegetables. When possible, pair vegetables with whole grains and lean proteins. Eating mostly vegetables can provide you with essential nutrients and help you save on calories.

8 Do Activities

Make plans with friends or a significant other to go do something active. This is a way for you to do a fun activity that also benefits your body.

9 Eat at the Dinner Table

            Eating a table can help you focus on what you are eating and how much of it. Try to avoid mindlessly eating in front or the television or computer. Sitting at the table can help prevent you from over eating.

10 Limit Your Drinking

Alcohol can be very high in calories. Try to avoid overdrinking, which has many negative effects of your body. Think of having a drink, like you would be having a treat to prevent over indulging.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you

~Sadie Wrobel

How to Use Less Garbage in Your Life

It is a well-known fact that the world is experiencing difficulties finding places and ways to dispose of the population’s garbage; we can view this dilemma as a way to better the world or better our way of life. This change is a way to engage our minds as well as challenge our day to day habitats. Let’s be honest, isn’t it exciting to push out of a comfort zone? This change can be a little or dramatic as you desire; follow these tips to create a more “natural” you. I have been participating in this challenge, I will star (*) the tips I have been using to give advice.

Look at the products you are buying

Portions:

Sometimes it may be easier to purchase a small portion of what you need, but ultimately, it is not as effective as buying in bulk. Products in larger portions use less packaging and provide more for the cost. You will be disposing less, less frequently.

*Be conscious of products that are individually wrapped within the bulk packaging.

 

Packaging:  

It seems all products have packaging now a day, but you can scout out products that are in less plastic or that have little to no packaging. Some products such as; water, grains, trailing mix, oats, nuts, fruits, or vegetables can be portioned into reusable containers for purchase.

Reuse

Reusable bags/containers:

The perks of reusable bags and containers are plentiful; they are durable, they store nicely, they are cost efficient, and they rarely need to be disposed of. Colin Beavan, a blogger, suggests using the containers outside of just left overs and grocery store runs, he suggests bringing your own container to take out restaurants to reduce disposal in your household.

**I use the containers and bags at grocery store (Game Changer), but I am eager to take a container to a takeout joint. A fillable water bottle is very easy to throw into your daily routine.

 

 Purchase Used Products:  

When you buy a previously owned item you are directly recycling it. It is also a fraction of its original cost! Over time it might need repair, but usually repairs are cheaper, use less resources, and involve less waste than buying new.

**This is one of my favorite forms of recycling because it still involves shopping.  (: Remember refurbished items are a good option when searching for deals.

Use Less

Less Paper: 

In a world of technology this change may seem the easiest.  You can take notes on a computer, receive digital receipts, and read books on apps more so now than ever! This is a goal to work for; we can always improve this change.

Use what you have: 

This is where you can get creative; use up the tomatoes that will go bad soon or the box of noodles that have been in your cupboard for a long time. Over time you will throw out less and begin purchasing only what you need.

**This is a goal I have been working hard at. I always have to remind myself that cravings do not dictate my diet I do, and I have to eat my fruit before they go bad.

 

I hope you take up the challenge, if you need additional tasks or tips visit Yes Magazine’s blog, “42 Ways to Not Make Trash”.

 

Until Next Time….Reduce, Reuse,  Recycle… and Carry On,

Kari Rebman

How to Make the Best Fitness Playlist

fitness playlist image3We all love jamming out to our favorite songs while we work out. Every now and again comes that day when your music just is not matching your workout or motivating you to keep pushing on. When you work out frequently, it is easy for you to start to get bored of your usual songs playing over and over again. This is a clear sign that it is time for a change. Here are a few tips to freshen up your fitness playlist:

  • Start Strong

Make your first song one that will really pump you up for your workout. This can really help you kick off your workout and give you the energy to get started. A great first song can put you in the right mood for the gym.

  • Have Variety

Try to have a large pool of songs to listen too. This can keep your playlist interesting. A blend of different genres and artists can keep your engaged and entertained throughout your workout.

  • Find Your Rhythm

 

Choose to listen to songs that match the tempo of your workout. This means including songs for the warm-up, high-intensity, and cool-down aspects of your workout. This can help motivate you and keep you going in a great rhythm. Having your music and workout in sync can be very helpful and energizing.

  • Personalize

Pick songs that really speak to you. Songs that remind you of good times can help distract you from the difficulty of your workout. Also, knowing the lyrics can also give you something to focus on. Singing along in your head can help you keep your pace.

Having a fitness playlist (check this link for song ideas and more!) is a simple tool that can help improve your workout. Music is a great motivator when you need that extra burst of energy. Your playlist can be specific to you, and reflect how you feel and what you want to accomplish. When you get tired of your playlist try mixing it up with new songs. Remember that your playlist can be continuously changing just like you.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel