Spring is a time to renew your goals, refresh your home environment, and unearth your garden from its wintry layers. As daylight hours increase, you’ll find there are many ways to increase your enjoyment of fresh spring days.

Start planning early to enjoy the rest of spring

Now is the best time to plan how to enjoy the rest of spring. Whether it’s gardening, spring cleaning, starting a new course, having a makeover, organizing renovations, or any other project or activity that is perfect to undertake during spring, planning for it will help you to make the most of the spring months ahead.

Spring is the ideal time to set the pace for the coming warm months, including any transitions or transformations you’re hoping to make. But don’t sit around too long wondering what to do with spring; before you know it, summer will be here, and the long, lazy days aren’t as inspiring for transforming yourself and your surrounds as the spring weather is!

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Spring clean your environment

This age-old tradition of clearing away the cobwebs of winter will give your house a fresh beginning for the warmer months ahead and make the house and surrounds more inviting and enjoyable for you, your family and your friends. Spring is a great time to do thorough cleaning.

Many of us have pent-up energy to expend and, after being cooped up for much of winter, our energy levels are on the rise again. Spring cleaning is exciting â?? itâ??s about clearing away and making space for new activities and ideas.

This is a good time to sit back and assess the strengths and weaknesses of your current living space and to reach a decision about whether or not it could be improved through a change in decoration styles or additions through decorations.

Get outside more often to enjoy spring

Find lots of ways to spend time outdoors, including exercising, walking the dog, gardening, getting back into team sports, or simply taking regular walks to enjoy the scenery.

Activate your senses to check out what’s changing around you. Listen to the sounds of birds and animals emerging from their winter hibernation. Watch the birds build their nests and look out for animals beginning to have their young.

See the plant and tree life around you emerge, bud, shoot, and finally blossom. Smell the flowers. Consider photography or a painting or drawing course. Get outside and visit parks, gardens, and reserves. Have picnics, play with your pets, or get a bike.

Spring-clean your health

We all tend to eat more in winter and the body needs the warmth and energy that good nourishing food provides. However, as warmer weather approaches weâ??ll need less of those filling pastas and other comforting carbs and fats.

Spring is the time to look out for the new seasonâ??s bright new fresh fruits and veggies. Improve your nutrition intake and feel your energy levels soar again. Consider a detox and experiment with new salads. Get enough sleep, take up yoga or Pilates, or get outside and simply walk and hike.

Focus on your garden, courtyard,  patio or balcony

The garden will need some tender loving care after winter to encourage new healthy growth. Plants differ in what they need at this time of year so itâ??s a good idea to have a good look around the garden to see what jobs need doing and to check whether new mulch and compost layers are needed and whether there are weeds to be removed.

Even without a garden, green plants and flowers in your courtyard, patio or balcony are all uplifting and beneficial to your mood. Spring flowers will bring joy into the house with their bright colours and lovely fragrances. Check out spring flower shows, community events and festivals in parks and gardens in your local area.

Spring-clean your image

Spring is a perfect time to consider personal appearance changes. Take a good look at last seasonâ??s clothes … are they still on trend, in good condition, wearable? Can you alter them in any way? Clear out the clothes youâ??re not fond of and that you havenâ??t worn for a couple of years. There are always charities or needy people who would be grateful for good used clothing.

If your clothes are too old even to give away, then renew your petâ??s bed, or cut them up and use the cloths for painting jobs, dusters, or saving on paper towels in the kitchen.