03/22/2013 09:21 am ET Updated May 22, 2013

Brighten Up For Spring: 25 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love when things are organized. When I first moved in with my husband and his teenage boys, I actually color-coded their towels. It worked! And my desk is an organizational work of art -- pens over there, paperwork over here and a typed to-do list just to be sure I get it all done.

So when it comes to spring cleaning - I not only take it literally, I actually enjoy it. I dive into the cleaning part with relish -- clearing out my closets, tossing old magazines, de-cluttering the clutter -- but I also use this annual ritual to shake off the winter doldrums, take stock and get motivated. To me, spring cleaning is about more than just dusty windows and crammed bookshelves. It's an opportunity to look at the other parts of my life and contemplate how they can change, too.

A life coach we recently had on " Mondays With Marlo" told me that the best way to get out of a rut is to just change one thing. That's it. Just start with one thing. It can be as simple as buying your morning coffee at a different coffee shop. And then you make another change. You might try waking up an hour earlier or start reading a new book. It's not so much what you change, but that you change something.

And as the changes start adding up, you find that your life is slowly starting to change . Small changes can bring about larger changes, and as you improve your life on a daily basis you'll find you become more engaged, more enthusiastic and more outgoing. Something new is happening. And that really is what spring is about.

So, now that spring has sprung, we've put together a few suggestions to get you started. Try one or try them all. As the old Chinese proverb goes, "The longest journey begins with the first step."

25 Easy Self-Improvements