It’s time for spring cleaning

It’s now March which means it is meteorological spring.  I’m going to ignore the fact that there is snow, ice, and freezing rain outside of my window right now. And yes I realize that technically speaking spring doesn’t officially happen until March 20. But if people are going to drink pumpkin spice lattes in the middle of August and Christmas decorations appear in the beginning of fall then dammit, spring is now.

One of the big things that a lot of people do during spring (besides spring break or spring training) is spring cleaning. And I’m planning on doing a lot of that this year. Sure, I’ll be cleaning up a lot but not just necessarily in my home. I need to do a lot of spring cleaning in my life as well.

Books – I have WAY TOO MANY BOOKS. This comes from years of book blogging where I would get tons of books to review and then because there were so many I was unable to read or review a lot of them. Plus there is a weird mindset of mine that library books must be read before books I own because of due dates.

So what does this mean? It means weeding through my books and donating a lot of the books I know I’ll never get around to reading. Also despite the fact that I work in a library, I probably shouldn’t check out more than I can read.

Beer – I’ve been drinking a lot of beer over the past few months. Not like HUGE amounts but I buy every now and then. I’ve also realized that I’ve been spending a lot of money than normal buying beer.

So what does this mean? It means for the month of March, I’m not spending any money buying beer. I’ll go to tastings and try out beers and I’ll drink whatever is remaining of what I have at home, and I won’t object if someone buys me a beer. But I’m going to try to save a bit of money and not buy any new ones this month.

Food – Ever since I started working, I’ve been going out to eat more than I should be. This comes from working/commuting and getting home kinda late and being hungry and too tired to cook food. Plus, as I’m the type of person who prefers cooking for other people, being single has put a cramp on that lifestyle. So I just keep going out to eat. This needs to stop.

So what does this mean? I’m going to cook more and eat out less in March. I’ll go out to eat with friends but unless I have a free coupon or it’s an emergency, I’m not going out to eat and I plan on cooking more. I’ll have to do more grocery shopping, plan out meals in advance, and cook ahead of time plus make sure most of this is healthy but in the long run it’ll be better for me and save me money.

Health – I stopped running after my 5k last year. Mainly because I started working and my schedule wasn’t as flexible as it used to be. That’s turned out to be a bad idea.

So what does this mean? I need to get back to working out, lose some weight, and eventually make myself healthier.

Emotional state of mind – I’ve been doing quite well emotionally over the past few months which is a big relief to me. Despite some small bumps, it’s been a lot better than what it used to be. Still there are times when I’ll purposely do something that I know will be a downer.

So what does this mean? I need to stop making myself hurt when I do need to. This means stop intentionally doing things that where I know it’s going to make me feel hurt or sad. I can’t help when something unexpected happens and it’s out of my control. But if I know it already, I can stop it.

These are just some of the things I’ll be doing this month. We’ll see how I did come the start of April!


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