No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
Clean up your digital act.
For one weekend, treat your phone like a phone – a useful device for making plans or calling your mom. When you go out, leave it at home. Find the restaurant or theater without Google Maps; order dinner without consulting Yelp. It will improve your relationships more than you can imagine, says Daniel Sieberg, a tech-industry veteran and author of The Digital Diet. "The more distracted you are, the more disconnected you are – from your own experience and from the people around you," Sieberg says.
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