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By Ysolt Usigan

March 25, 2010

For the Sake of a Spring Glow, Clean and Organize!

Spring has officially begun — yippee! By the way, is it just me or do we always feel prettier during this time of year? For some reason, spring fever makes me feel awesome, which in turn gives me a glow. (It’s not just me, right?) Maybe it’s all of the cleaning we do. Sometimes making minor changes in our lives, like organizing our makeup bags or even donating clothes we never wear to a good cause, give us both a physical and mental ego boost.

If you haven’t started to organize and clean, please add it to your to-do list. Not sure where to even begin? We caught up with life coach and lifestyle expert, Meredith Haberfeld, for her tips on spring cleaning to give you a hand…

€¢ Start small. Start with just one drawer or cabinet in your bathroom, and allow momentum to build from there.

€¢ Out with the old. Throw away everything you don’t use. Personal care items you haven’t touched since last spring don’t belong touching you. If you are reluctant to throw things away but know it’s time, ask a friend to come support the effort. Getting rid of the stale things taking up space is not only healthy for your body, it actually makes room for new things to come into your life.

€¢ In with the new. Replace and update anything that’s been sitting around a little too long, make up, moisturizer, your cosmetics bag. Refreshing the things in your life feels good and it breeds an environment for fresh thinking.

€¢ Maintain clarity. Use a clear lucite organizer so you can see what you have. As a spokesperson for Bausch + Lomb, they just came out with the ReNu Fresh contact lens solution in a clear bottle, so if you are a contact lens wearer it’s a great way to see how much you have left. Being clear about what we have helps create calm.

€¢ Pay it forward. Donate handbags and clothing you haven’t used in 2 years — it feels great to pass on something that is no longer useful to you, and may be just the thing someone else needs.

€¢ Shake your body. Whatever your current fitness routine is, even if you don’t have one, spring is a great time to shake things up. The sun is coming and it’s time to get outside and move. Take a moment now to make a date with a friend to go for a walk or even a jog.

€¢ Refresh your kitchen. Now is a great time to toss processed and sugary foods from your pantry, and stock your fridge with fresh vegetables, especially crunchy ones like celery and cucumbers, cut into little sticks for healthy on-the-go snacks.

€¢ Relish in each little victory. Once you complete a mini-project, celebrate with something fun, even if it’s a short feet-up break of guilty-pleasure TV or a tea date with a friend. Once you appreciate your accomplishment, schedule the next mini project to tackle — your makeup bag, handbag, shoes, closet, etc. Let each project be its own little victory with its own little victory party.

I hope these spring-cleaning tips help you out a little, ladies! Let me know how it goes!