There are multiple types of clutter that can take up space in your home, your schedule, your mind, your heart, your relationships and your body. Now that the weather is starting to become warm, it is the perfect time to start spring-cleaning your home and your life.
The home: This is a perfect place to start removing unnecessary physical clutter. Go through your closets and pick out the things you don’t need and don’t use any more. This goes for the pantry too. I’m sure many go through their closets and pick out what to get rid of, but then finding the time to actually get rid of the things is harder. To make this part easy, arrange for your things to be picked up before you even begin cleaning out your closets. Then do a thorough clean of your home, wash curtains and walls. Add some spring to your home by planting new plants or buying fresh flowers.
The schedule: Jot down what you do during the day and see areas where you are not doing anything that is productive and/or relaxing. Break the cycle of always saying yes, and then figure out when you have time to do it by saying “let me look at my calendar and see if I have time” instead of “yes.”
The mind: Our mind can get cluttered with thoughts that are hard to stop. When we don’t know how to solve something, we become anxious and think about it more and more. Thinking about concrete ways to solve problems allows us to feel more in control of the situation and reduces those nagging thoughts. Also, getting rid of negative thoughts about self and life is another way to spring clean your mind.
The heart: Throughout the year the hurt we have experienced can build up. During this spring, toss out the hurt that you have been feeling and focus on the relationships and experiences that make your heart feel good.
The relationship: Whether it be a romantic partner or a friendship, this is the perfect time to evaluate your relationships. Ask yourself, are they fulfilling? Are they painful? Do they bring you happiness, security and love? Once you have evaluated your relationships, focus more time on those that are healthy and positive, and move on from those relationships that are not fulfilling or negative.
The body: Get moving! Many of us have been stuck inside all winter avoiding the subzero temperatures, but now is the time to start moving again. If you haven’t been exercising much start out small with 15 minute walks and then add more from there. Eat healthy! Now that we are done hibernating it is time to focus on eating healthy. By giving your body the foods it needs and the exercise it needs, you will feel like a whole new you
While these may seem like a lot of things to do, break it up. Do a few things each day to spring clean your life and you will start to feel like a fresh new you.
By: Elizabeth Salland, M.A.
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