Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Clean Your Life! Start With These 3 Areas

Spring is (nearly) upon us, and with it comes the exciting and terrifying task of spring cleaning. Simplifying your life is an important piece of the wellness puzzle, so it's natural to want to dive headlong into the challenge. If you're putting together your spring cleaning plan of attack, consider bumping these three often-overlooked areas to the top of the list, and you'll find the rest becomes a whole lot easier.

1. Your online presence.

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be confined to the physical realm! Cleaning out your online “space” can help you feel more organized and relaxed — particularly if you spend a lot of time online.

Unless you're an email champion, odds are your inbox looks a lot like mine: cluttered, overwhelming, and full of unnecessary correspondence. Ads, unread newsletters, and spam spread like garden weeds, and they can quickly fill and choke this once-productive space. Take the time to clear the inbox, and don't forget to unsubscribe to regular updates you no longer want. (Most newsletters and ads have a tiny “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of their message. Two seconds now will save you hundreds of emails in the long run!)

Apply the same principles to your social media. Is your Facebook news feed feeling a little crowded these days? Maybe it's time for a friends list purge! Is your Pinterest account stressing you out? Reorganize those boards and toss a couple of dormant ones. Your brain will thank you.

Tip: Take this one slowly. Commit to tackling 5-10 emails a day, or unfriending three friends by the end of each week. Conquering this area in small doses will keep you from getting frustrated.

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