There are signs of life out there. The buds are starting to bloom. Birds are chirping in the morning. It is lighter
out longer now that we changed the clocks to daylight savings time. This is the perfect time of year to spring
into action and do some deep cleaning, de-cluttering and letting go!
Ready to roll up your sleeves, open your mind and do some work? Alright! Get the cleaning supplies, trash bags
and tissues ready. The plan is to do this from the inside out. There is a connection between a cluttered mind and a cluttered home. Let’s start with the inside de-cluttering of the mind. How much stuff are you holding onto emotionally? After some time, we don’t even realize what thoughts are taking up room in our minds. Like dust, dirt and grime, things like resentments, unhealthy relationships and old beliefs can be wiped away. In turn, you will feel lighter, brighter and refreshed.
Just like the clothes from many seasons ago that still take up space in your closet, old emotional baggage needs
to be packed up and given away. If it doesn’t fit who you are today, take a deep breath and let it go. Begin to
feel the freedom from within.
When we get rid of the emotional stuff holding us back, we make room for more energy and positive thoughts.
Remember some of the old dreams that you buried deep in the back of the storage container in your mind?
Was fear and negative thinking preventing you from following those dreams? De-clutter those false beliefs
and turn those dreams into reality.
Finding it difficult to see what emotional baggage is packed away in your mind? It might help to find a
quiet space where you can sit, light a candle, close your eyes open your mind. Take deep breaths in and
out as well to relax. Ask yourself, “What old beliefs, thoughts, resentments and emotional baggage am I
still holding onto?” As it is revealed to you, allow it to come up. If it no longer servers you, let it go.
Now lets spring into action on the outside. Your home environment usually reflects how we feel within.
Is your home out of control? Is it organized and inviting? It is good to take an honest look at the state of
your home. Sometimes clutter is a physical type of to-do list. However, it is not necessary. Over time,
it can end up becoming an unproductive way to remind us of what needs to be done.
Start with one room in your home. Take a look around and decide what stays and gets cleaned, gets thrown
out or given away. Those are the main choices. By doing one room at a time, you can take steps towards
going through your entire home. It doesn’t feel like such a big task. Do one room a day or a few rooms a
weekend. Whatever works best for you. Be sure to make it an upbeat activity. Turn up the music and get
started! Go through closets, reorganize the pantry, throw out expired items in the kitchen, put away the
winter coats and gear, switch the furniture around, dust off the shelves, clean the windows, fix leaky faucets,
and spring into action. (You get the idea?)
If you have things to give away, donate or sell, do it fast. Don’t give yourself the option to change your mind.
This is about letting go of that stuff, remember? As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s