New School Year...Let's Get Back At It

A new school year is upon us. When I was teaching, I loved to look at the start of a new school year as a fresh start, a time where I can get back into routines and habits. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to do just that. Spring cleaning doesn't just need to happen in the spring, and the concepts can be used for every area of life. Here's what I am talking about:

1) Clean Your House – its been hot. Your AC has probably been on all summer. It's starting to cool down. Open those windows, let some air in and give your house a solid cleaning. Vaccuum and dust throughougly. Wash windows and floors. Really scrub your shower. Change out sheets. Switch out summer colors for fall ones. 

2) Declutter your life. – Go through everything. Junk drawers, pens, tupperware, clothing. Throw away/donate anything that doesn’t get used, doesnt work or has missing pieces, or clothing that is ratty, stained or has holes in it. Clean out your fridge and cabinets as well. Any expired food gets tossed. Any food that hasnt been eaten or doesnt fit your lifestyle gets donated.

3) Clean up your Diet – Now that summer is over your schedule has probably changed. Take some time to find some fun recipes that include in season fruit and veggies and plan some awesome fall inspired meals. Squash is abundant this time of year. Get to a farmer's market and stock up!

4) Clean your Mind – Just like cleaning our homes makes us feel good, taking some time to  "clean” our minds is helpful as well. Use the new school year to find some time for you and set some new routines. Take a yoga class or find some time to meditate. Stop holding a grudge you have been holding. Apologize to someone or forgive someone you may not want to.

5) Get Moving – Fall in upstate NY offers a time to get back outside without the heat. Be sure to take advantage of the weather and get moving. Start up a hobby that you do every fall or learn something new this fall. Either way, don’t let the sunshine and cooler air slip away without your taking advantage of it.

I hope this motivates you to do some "life cleaning" of your own.