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This isn’t a blog about clutter. Well, it kind of is.Spring is more than a breath of fresh air. Decrease the clutter in your life and you’ll find the winds of change create a fresher way of breathing all the time.
It’s really an opportunity to share some thoughts and advice about making room for the onset of spring. If you have space in your life for the offerings of the season’s purpose, rebirth and renewal, you’ll find you see things more clearly. An uncluttered view, if you will.
It all started with my closet. I decided to dedicate an entire afternoon to the purging of unworn/unused clothing and other items. I dove in with a vengeance, and determinedly weeded through EVERYTHING. What I discovered is the more I purged, the more I wanted to purge. The physical release of “stuff” immediately led to a psychological freedom, and I couldn’t get enough of it. By the time I wrapped up, I was equally exhausted and exhilarated.
Take some time spring clean the mind, body and soul and refresh your senses at the same time.
7 Steps to Spring Renewal
1.) Declutter your living space – Kitchens, closets, bathrooms, all contain unused, unnecessary and expired items. Determine if it’s donate-able or disposable, but get rid of it if it takes up precious space.
2.) Clear out mental and emotional clutter – use the season to let go of the past and make room for new things to come into your life. If it weighs you down emotionally and saps your energy, it’s time for a change. Focus on the positivity in life and it can actually change the circuitry of your brain.
3.) Start a New Habit – a daily practice affords you a “time-out” from your every day routine. It can be spiritual, cultural, or traditional in nature, but add something new to your daily routine. Try yoga, walking, or reading something outside your comfort zone.
4.) Become Introspective – explore your creativity, assess your health, learn a new language (or at least some conversational phrases to “get you by”). Take a close look at your health and selfishly put your well-being first. Volunteer, take piano or voice lessons; it’s never too late to fulfill a dream.
5.) Spend time outdoors – try the ultimate spring-time activity: plant a garden. Or just place a few pots in your outdoor space to liven things up. Buy a cheap kite and instead of complaining about the wind, make the most of it. This is your best opportunity to enjoy free things like hiking, biking, concerts in the park or short day trips into the mountains.
6.) Take a trip – even the shortest get-aways allow time to reflect. Think about family time: reunions, a weekend with siblings or parents where you can be yourself with people who “knew you when.” Whether it’s camping, fishing or visiting an historic site, getting out of your comfort zone affords a new and fresh perspective.
7.) Simplify your life – slow down or “downshift” stimulation levels. Find ways to quiet your mind such as turning off the car radio or disconnecting from Facebook and Twitter. Try to create some time for mindfulness and recognize the value of quality time spent on you.
There’s no specific order when it comes to tackling the clutter in your life or in your mind. There is a need, however, to acknowledge its existence and do something about it. Sometimes it’s simply crap; other times it’s baggage or old skeletons. Regardless, find a better place for it and allow yourself to finally breathe deeply.