Welcome to our series, Intentional, with Geri Hirsch, clean living advocate and Perelel's very own strategic advisor. Each month, Geri shares her favorite non-toxic product discoveries to make it that much easier to cultivate a cleaner and more sustainable life. Whether you want to reduce the amount of chemicals in your home or find green alternatives to your tried-and-true favorites—here is your one-stop guide to live intentionally.
For this month's installment of Intentional, we're talking about spring cleaning your life—your home, car, tech, relationship and even yourself.
Spring officially starts on March 20th and I for one can not wait! Last year, we moved to a farm two hours north of LA, and watching the farm come to life in April and May was beautiful. I can’t wait for the flowers to blossom, trees to bloom, and for the sun to shine just a little bit later.
I thought we could use our time together this month to focus on the obvious spring topic: spring cleaning. But more specifically, spring clean every aspect of your life.
In? Keep reading for some ideas of where to start.
Start with the closets and dressers.
Get rid of clothing, linens, shoes and towels that you don’t need anymore or are old. This includes intimates. You know how it works: If you haven’t used it in the last year, bye! Create donation, giveaway and sell bags. Then, divide and conquer.
- Clean out the kitchen.
Go through the cabinets and box up any old plates, bowls, or silverware that are mismatched—then donate! Next, check the dates on everything in your freezer, spice rack, pantry and fridge. Make a list of the essentials that you need to replace.
- Check under your bed.
Ideally, this spot would already be cleared, but if things have made their way under, remove it all—and dust while you’re at it.
- Take inventory of your bathroom.
Like your food, grab all bathroom products and check their expiration dates. Also, toss anything that you aren’t loving anymore or is super toxic.
- Next up: the office.
If you have a desk in your home, get minimal. Open notebooks and rip out used pages and then recycle. See if the pens work, too.
- Brave to clean out your junk drawer.
You know that junk drawer where all receipts, recipes and cards go? Recycle anything outdated or irrelevant.
- Clean out or organize the unnecessary items.
Open the glove compartment, go under the seats, and don’t forget the trunk!
- Give your car a deep cleaning.
After it’s clean, give it some love with a full wash—inside and out. Save time by taking it to the professionals after work one day.
- Delete what you don't need.
The amount of stuff that piles up on a computer or phone over a year is insane. Go through all your folders, pictures and apps.
- Update your security.
This is a good time to re-do all your passwords for proper protection. It’s a pain, but log into all major accounts and change it up.
- Clean out your streaming services.
Open that DVR list and remove any recordings that are old or that you no longer watch.
- Make space in your inbox.
Unsubscribe to all those damn emails (except for this one, of course!) and clean up that inbox.
- Take care of your tech.
Give all devices a wipe down with a non-toxic and non-harmful cleaner.
Un-commit to any friendships that are leaving you feeling bad about yourself or are unnatural.
Check out ‘How to Break Up with Your Friends: Finding Meaning, Connection, and Boundaries in Modern Friendships’ if you need a little help. And vow to stop gossiping with them, too. Leave all that toxicity in your past.
- Re-commit to the friendships that leave you happy and fulfilled.
Plan a girl’s trip or a romantic weekend with your partner to clean up those relationships.
- Finally, bow out of that text chain that you stress about adding to each week.
Your friends will understand that you can’t say yes to everything.
- Take your Perelel!
Prioritize taking your vitamins every single day to feel your best.
- Let go of the regrets holding you down.
Focus on the present!
- Say see-ya to negative body image once and for all.
Instead, fill it with love and appreciation for the one your mama gave you.
- Finally, spring clean your routine.
Ditch the practices that you’re not loving, and find the self-love ideas that bring you the most joy. Stop going to the workout that you hate and find one more pleasurable. Quit watching TV for hours a night and instead get more sleep. Do you, but the best version of you!
Tell us how your spring cleaning is going! Let us know by joining our community, The Village. Plus, take it one step further by switching out your personal care products for non-toxic alternatives.
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