Ready for Spring? The Complete Checklist for a Stress-Free Experience
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for a fresh start. Many people focus on spring cleaning during this time, but that’s just the start of what you should do. If you have new year’s resolutions that you absolutely failed at, now is the time to give them another go. The fresh air, the longer days, the better weather – all of these can make it so much easier to make a fresh start than trying on January 1st.
To help you get ready for spring, follow this checklist. You’ll feel on top of your life and ready for a great summer, stress-free:
1 – Get Ready for Tax Season
It’s tax season, and while that is usually quite stressful, it’s going to be worse this year than any other. You may be required to make coronavirus relief repayments in some situations, there may be an increase to your income tax, or you may have other financial obligations starting to roll around.
It’s time to finally get on top of your taxes. If you cannot afford to hire someone to help you apply for all the tax reliefs you can apply for; then at the very least, you will want to use a software tool that will allow you to make a note of relevant expenses and otherwise keep everything in order so that you can send out the right tax forms.
2 – Start Saving
Working to help keep your taxes and other financial commitments low is a good place to start, but for a truly stress-free year, you really need to start your savings. Some people find growing their savings easy; others need extra help.
Knowing where your money is going is an essential first step. It can help you make decisions that will help you cut down on costs.
For most, however, the best way to stick to your budget is to put the money you want to save away as soon as you get your paycheck. This way, you have to work with what you have for the rest of the month.
3 – Improving Your Mental and Physical Health
Spring is a time for renewal, and if there’s anything that needs renewing this year, it is our mental and physical wellbeing. Try to take more walks outside, pick up more mindful hobbies, and generally try to find activities or spaces that help you feel calm and relaxed. There is still some time yet before we can put the pandemic behind us, and using better weather to help improve our mental and health is a good place to start being better to ourselves.
4 – The Essential Spring Clean
There’s no way you can welcome spring without the physical spring clean. There are many items that need a deep, deep clean. Start with your sheets and towels. Far too often, these aren’t deep cleaned during a regular wash. Instead, use the bathtub method. You’ll need a few common household cleaners, but they will penetrate deep to get the oils and dirt out from your essentials.
The purpose of a deep clean is to maintain your home, and of course, to improve your health. Don’t skip it! Combined, these tips will help you be ready mentally, physically, and financially for the rest of the year.