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Spring is suddenly upon us! Cars are driving down the road with windows open and radios blasting, kids are out on bikes and skateboards, birds are singing, and green things are sprouting in the garden (mostly weeds). This week we’re certainly trading winter wear for flip-flops and shorts.

With our sudden Spring weather, it’s time to get serious about maintenance (and I’m not talking about the yard)! Before we can “patio”:

(1) Get serious about getting in shape before shorts, mini skirts, tees, tanks and (gulp) bathing suits can make an appearance.

(2) Shorten the shaving schedule (seriously). No more skipping those legs because (a) they’re “not that bad”, (b) you’re “too tired”, or (c) “no one will see them” under jeans or flannel anyway. It’s also time to moisturize!!

(3) Don’t forget your tender tootsies! Time for toe trimming and nail repair, maybe even a dash of colour. Last year, I bought bright yellow nail polish – my toe nails looked like they had fungus. The hot trend for nails in 2012 is nude nails (i.e., pretty, wearable shades of cream and beige). That’s not to say there aren’t bold patterns and bright moments but it’s back to classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and mellow yellows mixed in with cool ombre and metallic designs.

(4) Get busy like the bees and start to sort out your wardrobe. Now is a good time to review your winter wardrobe – anything that sat all season without coming out even once, ought to go straight to a new home! Then pull out the next season’s wardrobe to see what’s too tight (or loose), what has stains…and weed out those “what was I thinking” items…to go straight to a new home! Consider what key pieces you could replace or build on. I can’t afford a new wardrobe every season, but a couple of new pieces (even if just plain tees) can refresh and update a tired wardrobe.

(5) Review footwear as well…both what you have been wearing and what you will be wearing. Those favourite pair of boots may be peeling at the seams, or the sandals you wore every day last year may be just plain worn out!

(6) Check the expiry date on your sunscreen. Many moisturizers, foundations, lip glosses, etc. contain a low amount of sun protection.

(7) Stock up on seasonal allergy medications (if needed) – our trees are budding out back, and I’m feeling the effects!

(8) Hydrate. We all know that we should be drinking more water – it aids skin and muscles, promotes healthy circulation and organ system functioning. It can also significantly reduce your chances of developing some types of cancer. In my case, I have avoided drinking a lot of water because “what goes in…must come out” at the most inconvenient time possible. But when I was in Weight Watchers several years ago, I found that I could slowly increase the amount I was drinking without significantly increasing my “voiding” needs. My body needed time to adjust to the change.

I’m not naïve enough to think that winter is over. There’s always the possibility of ice, snow and frost! But a head start on Spring maintenance (with Summer following too closely behind), can’t be that bad, can it?