A Fresh Approach to Spring Cleaning
When we think of spring cleaning we typically think of all of the areas we have neglected in our homes … the windows, vacuuming behind the couches and appliances, washing the buffet dishes you haven’t pulled out since the last time you spring cleaned them … and the list goes on.
But what if we start to think of spring cleaning in a different way?
There’s something special about the warmth of the sun that has been absent for months. It breathes new life into us, ignites a spirit of “doing” and makes us want to make everything new. Spring Cleaning isn’t a new concept by any means, but viewing your entire life as something you can “spring clean” may be a new idea to you.
Using this season as one to reevaluate the old and breathe in the new just feels so natural and satisfying. If you’re wondering what you can do to spring clean your life, this post is going to give you some great suggestions!
This post will focus on how to spring clean your home, your health and your relationships.
Spring Clean Your Home
Are you overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? Buried under a mountain of toys and outgrown clothing? Feel frazzled because you can’t conceive where to begin organizing this mess?
I feel your pain! This is exactly where I was last spring. I finally got so fed up I vowed to purge everything! Then realized that was a bit drastic. I read a few blogs and books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo; Simplify by Joshua Becker; The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker; Declutter: Organize Your Home and Free Your Life from Physical Clutter by Addison Finn; Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White (probably a few more than I needed to … my tendency is to procrastinate by using research as my excuse). From there I made a plan that fit with my family’s lifestyle.
Every family has different circumstances so it’s important to understand that some people’s way of doing things might not work for you. Whether you do a large purge once a season or a slow progressive purge throughout the year, the important thing is to just keep at it until you are happy with the things in your home and less overwhelmed by all-the-stuff!
“The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker
Spring Clean Your Health
Finesse your fitness. Have you been doing the same old fitness routine all winter? It can get monotonous, not just for you but for your muscles that get used to it, too. Shake things up by taking a new class, doing a new workout video you’ve never tried, or jogging down a new trail. I’m confident you have the itch to spend more time outdoors in the warmer weather, so the change will do you good!
Remove negativity. Whether that be negative people in your life or simply bad habits that you have been meaning to finally kick, use this time as an opportunity to get rid of anything that has been bogging you down. What comes to mind immediately when you read this? Chances are, that’s precisely what you need to work on releasing. When you are doing this important work of releasing negativity, take the opportunity to replace negatives in your life with something positive.
Eat better. It’s the perfect time to give your eating habits a makeover, too. Take notice of how you feel on a daily basis, are you feeling energized? Sluggish? Exhausted by 4 pm? What you’re eating is a tremendous piece of the answer, whatever you may be feeling. If sluggish is more normal than energized for you — start by incorporating more whole foods into your daily routine. Phase out the processed foods one by one, replacing them with healthier options.
Spring Clean Your Relationships
Disconnect more. When you aren’t at work, take time off from as much technology as possible. Use the time to connect with people face-to-face — meet your friends for lunch, read a book, explore a new area, or do anything that keeps you from continually being glued to a screen. You’ll feel loads happier when you do. Even if you start with a set amount of screen-free hours per day, you’ll be making a huge difference in your relationships and happiness levels.
Remove toxic people from your life. Are there people in your life who are discouraging you from reaching your goals? We all know people who seem to ooze negativity; the people that are stuck in the past. Continuous interaction with these people can cause us to feel frustrated, stressed, or depressed. Consider what you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend with toxic people. Be more selective about the relationships you continue to nurture and the time you spend with those who drag you down. The more time you spend in the company of positive, uplifting people; the better it is for your happiness. It’s ok to let go of relationships that are not supportive or helping you grow as a person.
I truly believe that we all need a bit of space in our life – this allows us to breathe and enjoy what is most important to us.
Find one are of your life where you can create a bit of space – is it in your physical home, your schedule, your family commitments, your media addictions? Take just a small step towards creating this space so you can breathe, be happy, and move towards the life you dream of having.