As the season that signifies renewal, the onset of spring is the perfect opportunity to plant positive seeds for the remainder of the year. Aside from cleansing the body internally with nutrient-dense plant-based foods and juices, it’s also the time to literally ‘clean house’ and rejuvenate the space around you. While you sip your Green Love, de-clutter and beautify your home for more productive and joyful months ahead!
Start with Your Closet
We all have those items lurking in the back of our closets collecting dust—whether it’s that pair of boots you’ve been meaning to get resoled, sweater that accidentally shrunk in the dryer, or jacket you’ve been waiting to come back in style for three seasons. Our favorite rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it a year, it’s time to donate or recycle. Once you cleanse your closet of what’s no longer working, you’ll feel better treating yourself to a few new pieces for your warmer weather wardrobe.
Reduce Cabinet Clutter
Aside from your wardrobe closet, two other places you’re likely to find expired or excess physical objects are your kitchen pantry and bathroom medicine cabinet. It’s a good idea to take inventory of your dry goods, especially spices that may be past their ‘best by’ date. While most spices last up to 3 years, even when opened, fresh is always best. Clean ‘em out and replace with new jars of the seasonings you use most often, for even better tasting food.
Our medicine cabinets are usually filled with all kinds of mysterious items—a moisturizer you used once, five years ago and never returned, old makeup that may be breeding bacteria, or expired sunscreen, just to name a few. Do a thorough check of each item for ancient dates, layers of dust, and funky smells. This is also a great opportunity to restock your loo with cleaner personal care products. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is our go-to website (there’s also an app!) for discovering safe products and learning more about what’s actually in our favorite beautifying items.
Go Green to Clean
The majority of conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that may be harmful to people, animals and the environment. It’s a good idea to switch up your supplies this spring and opt for greener, more environmentally friendly options. Check out your local health food store for clean and affordable alternatives to the traditional brands. The Environmental Working Group is also a great resource for finding effective and non-toxic household products. Some of our favorite brands are Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation and The Honest Company. You can also get creative and formulate your own DIY products using simple ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide.
Get a Pet Plant
Bringing some of the outdoors to your indoor space will not only give it a boost of visual beauty, it will also make your home healthier. Just like the plant walls featured in many of our Organic Avenue stores, indoor plants bring more oxygen into the space, helping you breathe easier. Studies done by NASA found that in a 24-hour period, houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of toxins in the air. Additional research out there suggests that our pet plants reduce stress, boost our mood, improve our concentration, and may even help us to be more creative!
Don’t let this opportunity to cleanse your living space pass you by. And don’t worry, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. Set a small goal for yourself each week—just focus on one room or storage space at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have a brand-new, positive environment to create new happy memories in!