Declutter

Spring Cleaning: How to let go of anything holding you back

Winter is a great time to turn inwards and do some deep self-reflecting, but now that it’s spring it’s time to bloom! But how can you do that with so much heaviness still weighing you down from winter?

This is where the idea of spring cleaning comes in.  

Our physical environment has a huge impact on our mindset, attitudes, and happiness levels. So as the world and ourselves start to blossom, it’s important to tidy up and clean out. This allows us to make space for what’s coming and let go of anything holding us down.

Do you ever feel like your head is just so full of thoughts? You can’t seem to calm your mind down, you become really forgetful, and you feel like you need a reset button?

Well, take a look at your environment. Is your room messy? Your workspace cluttered? Are you running from event to event without taking time in between? This is all a reflection of what’s going on inside your head.

As you being to declutter your environment and get organized, you’ll also noticed your mind feels more at ease too. That’s because you come home to a clean, neat, inviting space. There is room to breath, room to be. So, let’s dive in a little deeper

What is Spring Cleaning?

I’m sure most of you have heard this term before. It simply refers to the big, deep clean people tend to do when it hits spring time. They are cleaning up from the winter, the holidays, and everything they accumulated the previous year.

Why should I spring clean?

It’s a great way to get organized, and get rid of items that no longer serve you. It allows you to declutter, take inventory of what you have, and organize your living space.

Creating a clean, minimalist, organized living space can help you feel more relaxed and at-ease. If you’ve ever noticed yourself struggling because of overthinking, anxiousness or forgetfulness that can partly be a reflection of your environment. If you come home everyday to a messy space, are always looking for something, and have piles of to-do’s that creates more unnecessary stress in your life.  

Remember: A simple environment, is not a stressful one.

How do I spring clean?

If you haven’t read Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up I highly suggest you do that. In this book she gives great advice on how to declutter.

First, she tells us to tackle categories not spaces. For example instead of organizing your closet, focus on shoes. Instead of organizing your desk, focus on books. This is because many of us scatter the same item throughout the house. So it is important to collect them all into one area and go from there.

Second, discard items before organizing them. Get rid of everything you no longer want, before you start to organize and place. This makes it easier, because you know exactly what you’re working with.

I can already hear you, "I have the hardest time getting rid of things! What if I need it?"

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Trust me, I’ve been there too! I’ll hold to that one special dress just in case I get invited to that one special event. And guess what, I never end up wearing it!

Marie Kondo has a great answer to that problem as well. When deciding if you should keep an item ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is this useful? Is it rare? 

  2. Does this bring me joy?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then keep the item, otherwise it has to go. Eventually you’ll find you’re only surrounded by items that serve you.

As we start to organize, clean and let go. You’ll notice huge shifts in attitude, because emotionally and mentally you’re letting go as well. Physically and emotionally tidying up makes you feel lighter, and opens up space for what the universe has in store.

Happy Spring!