If you take a break from work during seasonal changes, then this time, you can make the most of the warming weather. Your spare time in spring could be spent doing nothing. But that would be a shame and a terrible waste of what it offers. So, here are some ideas for using it well.
Consider a Bit of Redecorating
Summer is the peak time for decorating homes since the weather is more favorable and people take more time off. But spring is great because it is warmer but not too hot, more contractors are available, and you can often get great furniture and DIY store deals. Speaking of contractors, many reputable ones now use new bathroom remodeling technologies for quick yet high-quality renovations. Just in time for the start of summer and more guests for your BBQs.
Take Up Photography in Your Spare Time in Spring
According to the latest figures, around 1.8 trillion photographs are taken each year, and growing. Of course, this includes smartphones and other mobile devices, which contribute a lot. But spring is a great time to learn about real photography using cameras. DSLR cameras are great because they do a lot of the work for you, like the Canon EOS 4000D. For example, built-in settings such as macro photography for taking pictures of bugs do the focus for you.
See More of the Places You Want to Visit
While summer is generally hotter than spring, it isn’t ideal for walking around as you get sticky and uncomfortable. This is why spring is much more ideal for getting around. So if there is a town a few hundred miles down the road or a particular hiking trail you want to walk, March, April, and May are a great time to do it. Of course, spring weather is very unpredictable, and the rain can be harsh. So always plan ahead as much as possible for the weather to be terrible.
Learn About Local History
If you don’t fancy getting out too far, you can always venture a little closer to home. It doesn’t matter where you live. There is always local history and hidden gems to learn about. For example, even the Liverpool suburb of Speke (where Liverpool JLA airport is) has a rich history associated with the beautiful Tudor grounds of Speke Hall. This is a great example of something amazing you know about on your doorstep but haven’t taken the time to get out and see.
The Spring Clean, Of Course
Of course, spring is commonly associated with spring cleaning. This is the time of year when we get rid of all the stuff we have accumulated over the past 12 months. And it can be rather surprising just how much this can be. To do a thorough spring clean, follow these vital steps:
- Start by washing grimy parts of your home like baseboards, door knobs, and windows.
- Give any air vents a good cleaning with a cloth and vacuum any extra dust.
- Pay extra attention to your blinds and curtains, and steam clean them if possible.
- Update your home for spring by washing the outside of your windows when cloudy.
- Check lights for burned-out bulbs and replace them, clearing dust as well.
- Get the duster out and go over every other surface where dust can settle.
- Put some elbow grease into cleaning the bathroom and kitchen as well.
These are the basic cleaning steps for your spring clean this year. But of course, you might need to get rid of stuff. So, declutter your home and keep only what you need. Hiring a skip to eliminate bulky items is best, but donate anything that is still usable.
Get Your Kids Out and About
It’s great fun to get out and about with the kids. And the weather is great in spring and not too demanding like the hot summer sun. So it’s also often much safer when considering sunburn and heatstroke. Additionally, you can get great deals on days out, such as theme parks, water parks, and zoos during spring break for kids. And saving where you can is always welcome. Of course, walking through parks is completely free, and you can take some food with you.
Take the Dog on an Adventure
Like the kids, your dogs will also appreciate getting out while the weather is great. Well, actually, dogs don’t really care about the weather. They love being out. Additionally, they also don’t care where they go. So even if it’s to stretch your legs and theirs, you can make the most of the slight increase in temperature to get some exercise and boost your well-being with natural surroundings. Just be prepared for them jumping in puddles and getting you wet.
Use Your Spare Time in Spring to Get Well
Spring is thought of as the season of new life. And there are many interpretations of this. It means rebirth to some and the season of well-being to others. This is especially true for people with seasonal affective disorder who experience increased cortisol production and depression during the colder months with less sunlight. But the increase in sunlight and UV radiation helps you feel better with more serotonin, and the UV light also helps stimulate vitamin D production.
Get Involved in Your Community
It’s all too easy to shut yourself off when it is freezing cold outside and much darker. But as you get some warm sun on your face, it is easier to begin to emerge from your home. This means you can stay outside longer and begin to get involved with your local community. This can be as simple as chatting with locals in town or helping organize outdoor events such as litter-picking, which is popular in small towns. Keep up to date with your local Facebook page or newsletter.
Taking a break from work as it gets warmer means your spare time in spring can be put to good use. You could use it to improve your home with spring cleaning or decorating. Or perhaps getting the kids and the dog out and about. Or simply, take in nature to feel a bit better.
What do you think?