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Winter is over! For many of us it’s time to spring clean our homes and different parts of our lives before we fully embrace the longer days and warmer weather.

We often see the beginning of spring as a time to mop, scrub and dust the house as we welcome in the warmer weather.

This year we think spring cleaning should involve something more than chasing out the dust bunnies from under the beds and so we complied a list of alternative spring cleaning activities.

Spring clean your first aid kit

Many families have under-stocked or expired first aid kids. This could be a hindrance, not help in the event of an emergency. The beginning of spring is the perfect time to check that your first aid kit is up-to-date and full of fresh emergency supplies.

Brenniston owner Michael Boltman believes it’s vital for every family to have a fully stocked first aid kit with supplies that are safe to use.

“I’m concerned that people don’t understand the importance of updating their first aid supplies,” Michael says. “Products don’t last forever; they can become ineffective, or lead to severe and dangerous reactions. First aid supplies need to be checked at least once a year, just like we’re conditioned to check our smoke alarm batteries.”

Brenniston is partnering with Second Chance Animal Rescue to encourage families to donate their expired bandages, dressings, gloves and saline to help treat injured animals in the care of Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Spring clean your family’s diet

As the weather warms up it’s time to think about eating healthier again. We know it can be hard to keep your diet on track, especially in the cooler months.

Celebrity chef and nutritionist Zoe Bingley Pullin believes spring is the perfect time to check that her family’s eating habits haven’t slipped too much in the cooler months.

“The weather is a little warmer and we feel more motivated to make change, motivation is a great first step towards change,” Zoe says.

Zoe has three tips for families looking to spring clean their diet.

Eat in season

There are many health benefits from eating in season and increasing diet diversity. Seasonal produce is also cheaper and usually a lot fresher.

Spring fruits include: banana, blood orange, grapefruit, honeydew, mandarin, papaya, pineapple, strawberry and watermelon. While spring vegetables are: asparagus, avocado, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, leek, snow peas, sugar snap peas and spinach.

Eat more plants

During winter, food is often used as warmth and comfort and this can translate to large portions of meat and carbs. As the weather warms up it’s time to increase vegetable intake by thinking of creative ways to add more vegetables to your family’s usual favourite meals.

Cook more at home

During winter many of us rely on quick and easy meals such as take away foods. Home cooked meals are linked to better health outcomes for the entire family.

You can start small by planning a few meals at a time and involve children in this process. Visiting the farmers’ market and talking to farmers about what’s in season can also help.

Lotto spring clean

If you are going down the traditional route of spring cleaning the home it might not be all doom and gloom.

A spring clean around the home may lead to you finding unchecked Lotto entries that have already won division one. Across Australia, there are currently seven missing lotto tickets with unclaimed division one prizes worth more than $9.795 million. More than half of these unclaimed Lotto entries were bought in Queensland (it’s definitely time to check under the couch).

According to the Lotto spokesperson Elissa Lewis this year alone several Australians have discovered they won division one several months or even a year earlier after uncovering unchecked Lotto tickets.

“From old shopping bags and fridge doors, to car gloveboxes and sock drawers, Lotto players have a history of storing Lotto tickets in weird and wonderful places,” Elissa says. “There are millions of reasons why a Lotto spring clean around your home could be well worth your while.”

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