Everybody loves the concept of spring cleaning – well, at least I do! I’m like Snow White when she cleaned that cottage – open up the windows and let the fresh air pour in while I dust, vacuum, polish, and scrub.
Many of us, like myself, are coming out of a season that left us feeling sluggish, our homes feeling crowded and our lives feeling dull. I recently dedicated an entire day to yard work, a thorough cleaning indoors, and minimalizing piles and clutter. During this spring cleaning, I had a lot of time to be alone with my thoughts, and I realized I had a little bit more maintenance to do to de-clutter my life: I needed to do a little spring cleaning for my body, mind, and soul.
I figured while I’m already tackling spring projects, now is a good opportunity to also reorganize my priorities and make room for new energy. Here’s a little spring cleaning I’ll be tackling over the next few weeks, and I’d love to encourage others to join me!
Spring cleaning for…
1. Your attitude
There’s an expression, “Attitudes are contageous; is yours worth catching?” I’ll admit – there are days that mine is probably not worth catching. A really crazy last six months and big life changes left me feeling a little overwhelmed and struggling to find my balance, and the effects have been a side of me that has been, at times, stressed to the max, feeling sorry for myself and a little hyper-focused on my needs. Not that it’s wrong to put yourself first, but I think it’s important to be aware of when we’re not quite feeling like ourselves. If you’re able to recognize this, then you are that much closer to pulling yourself out of your funk by adjusting whatever it is that’s got your attitude a little negative. Spring activities, like gardening, walking in a park and feeding the birds, can slow you down to appreciate the basics and hopefully give your attitude an adjustment.
2. Your Facebook “friends”
You know those people who leave “I hate my life” comments on Facebook, or any social media for that matter? I think we all have a few Facebook friends whose statuses are depressing or offensive. We all have our own problems to deal with, and we don’t need to waste the time or energy wondering what so-and-so means when she updates her status with “I knew I should have never trusted you. You all are a bunch of liars and selfish fakes. Go to hell.” I wonder, ‘Is she talking to me? I don’t think I’ve ever spoken a word to this girl in my life!’ I don’t mean to sound mean, but unless these people are indeed your close friends, don’t feel bad doing a little “weeding out” of those who air this kind of dirty laundry for the world to hear. Consider it criteria for your well-being.
3. Your products
For some reason, I love finishing off a bottle of product and tossing it (actually, I recycle!). It feels good to eliminate the excessive amount of beauty products that I tend to hoard. One by one, as they go, I’m working on not replenishing certain items. For example, lip plumpers and self tanning lotion – they aren’t necessities; they’re just more stuff that sits there that will supposedly improve my appearance. I’d like to get to a point where I have just the basics – like cleanser and moisturizer. You can try spring cleaning your products to get rid of items that have lost their pleasant smell or feel, which have an expiration date that has gone by or stuff that you thought would “improve” you but you realize you really don’t need.
4. Your wardrobe
I can pretty much expect that every year I will bring in five to 10 new clothing items and will eliminate just two to three. Because of this, my closet is stressed and my life feels overcrowded. While you’re switching over your closet to your warm-season clothes, toss or bring to Goodwill as many articles of clothing that you haven’t worn in the last year. I’ve never been able to take this advice but this year I will! This will be the year I say goodbye to a handful of shirts that are either too small, too worn or that remind me too much of an old chapter of my life…
5. Your routine
Maybe you let this long, cold winter dictate your routine a little more than you would have liked. You maybe skipped your regular morning yoga because your bed was so warm and snuggly. For me, I got in the habit of going to bed very late over the winter months, and I know it messed with my productivity during the day. Or maybe you’ve told yourself this will be the year that you meet up with one friend a week but haven’t yet. Now is the time. You may need to shift some priorities (I know, easier said than done), but you never know what happiness you could bring into your life simply by tweaking your routine.
Is there any other spring cleaning for your mind, body and soul that you’d add to this list?