{Thrive} Spring Cleaning- getting rid of clutter

SpringCleaningBucket_zps0e2444c8[1]After a long winter of nesting the warm weather and crisp, refreshing Spring air inspires many people to tidy up their homes! Clutter is organized, closets are cleaned and windows are opened allowing the Spring air to freshen up the stagnant winter fog that seems to fall on our homes and our being.  This process is so important because a clean, well-organized environment goes hand-in-hand with a clear mind.  This spring add a little twist to your spring cleaning using this  “out with the old-in with the new” approach.

“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”
Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

I love purging the junk that seems to pile up in my life. As I let go of unnecessary material belongs my soul seems to lighten as well! Plus…clutter and I do not get along. It literally makes me anxious but can be hard to avoid considering my 4 year old son is a walking tornado! This year, instead of simply doing a generic spring cleaning, I decided to make it a bit more meaningful and that starts with some self-reflection. My intentions have shifted over the past year and I want to carry them into the process so before I started organizing I checked in with this intentions. It goes something like this:

  • What are my intentions in cleaning this house, closet, kitchen, playroom…..
  • Who is the person I want to be moving forward? What is important to me?
  • What brings me joy?
  • What makes me unhappy?
  • What do I truly need to thrive?

Write down your answers so you can revisit your intentions and thoughts throughout your process as well as weeks or months down the road. I like checking in with my previous self as a way to gauge where I am and where I want to go!

[Tweet Take a moment and think to yourself “what do I truly NEED to thrive?” #nourishbreathethrive #mindfulness #springcleaning”]
Now that you have your goals and intentions in place you will have a more clear outlook to take into your cleaning. Next, choose an item and place it into one of the following categories:
  • Keep
  • Toss
  • Save/Store
  • Donate

You may land on an item with sentimental value that seems hard to get rid of.  This is a great time to refer back to your written intentions in relationship to say your favorite pair of jeans from college that you have not worn in ten years 🙂

Ask yourself: Do the jeans make you happy? Are the necessary for you to thrive? Do they impact the person you want to be?
It may seem time consuming but you will learn all about your things…the way that they make you feel…and you will be repeating your intentions which helps solidify them in your mind! Its a pretty cool process!
Okay, Okay…you finish a room or a section and you have this pile of  stuff to toss or donate but you are not sure where to begin! Here are a few ideas that are as gratifying as the cleaning process.
  • Donate clothes, toys and furniture to a local charity or pass them down to a friend or family member
  • Research “Buy Nothing” groups! We have one in Philadelphia that is great because one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Here is a link to the over 300 “Buy Nothing” Groups that have launched on Facebook–pretty cook!

There is a lot of gratitude to be found through spring cleaning! You are creating lightness in your life all the while providing for someone else!

I want to hear your spring cleaning tips and stories!

Without Clutter,

Katie

 

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