Spring cleaning is not just about decluttering your home, it can also be a way to refresh your mind, body, and spirit.
As the weather begins to warm up and the flowers and trees start to bloom, many of us feel the urge to refresh and renew our living spaces. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home but can also be for your mind, body and spirit.
With some simple tips you can get the ball rolling and be ready for the fresh new season. Spring cleaning is an excellent way to declutter your house and your mind. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Before you begin clearing and cleaning, take some time to create a plan. This will help you get started without feeling overwhelmed! Make a list of the areas you want to tackle and prioritize them.
Determine what tasks need to be done and what supplies you will need. Having a plan will help you stay focused and less stressed.
One of the essential steps in spring cleaning is decluttering. Start by going through each room and getting rid of anything you no longer need or use.
I like to make 3 piles: Yes (the keep pile), No (the throw or give away pile) and Maybe (they still need to keep a little longer pile). Donate items that are still in good condition, and throw away anything that is broken or worn out. This will not only clear up space in your home but will also free your mind of unnecessary clutter. The maybe pile may need to be stored for longer until you are ready to let it go, or not.
Sometimes we have an emotional attachment to something and we are not ready to let those things go yet. This is natural and it’s ok to store things that you’re not sure about at that moment.
Once you have decluttered, it’s time to deep clean. Unless you are great at cleaning, I would suggest hiring a cleaning person for this job. They have a lot of experience, proper supplies and they can usually get the job done faster, with more efficiency. Scrub floors, walls, and surfaces, and wash any linens and curtains. Dust and vacuum all areas of your home, including hard-to-reach spots such as ceiling fans and behind furniture.
This will not only make your home look and smell fresher but will also help to get rid of any allergens or bacteria that have built up over time.
In addition to decluttering, simplifying your space can also help to clear your mind. Consider reducing the number of decorative items in your home, opting for a minimalist look instead. Simplify your daily routines by creating a designated spot for everything, such as keys, mail, and shoes.
This will help to reduce stress and make your life more organized. It’s also a good idea to play with rearranging, furniture, art and decor. You will notice how the energy can shift and feel lighter just from a few changes!
There are some fundamental rules for caring for the body, mind and spirit.
When the body is clogged up from lack of exercise, poor diet and an overload of toxic chemicals from processed foods, household and personal care products the mind will feel cloudy which usually causes negative thoughts and emotions. I like to use the analogy of a stagnant river where there is fungi, bacteria and mold growing due to a lack of flow. It is the same for our blood flow. When there is stagnation there is a buildup of toxic waste that the body cannot purge. So try these tips:
Move your body everyday to oxygenate and move the lymph and blood in your body to get the river flowing. This will enliven your energy, mood and spirit.
Practice a positive mindset. Replace negative thinking with more positive thoughts. Having positive thoughts is a choice and a daily practice. Remember your thoughts create your blood chemistry and your chemistry creates your mood and emotions. Take notice in the way that your thoughts make you feel. One by one begin to analyze why you are thinking this way and how can you transform that thought into seeing it from the positive side? You have the power to choose your thoughts. Begin clearing each negative thought and replacing them with a positive version until you have a fresh new perspective.
Meditate to help clear the mind. Meditation will make it easier to simplify and reduce negative thought streams. By taking a time out daily to reset your mind you will come back to your day with a fresh new perspective. This is the best tool to help you practice having a positive mindset. This is the best remedy for decluttering the mind!
Cleansing breathing techniques. Practice a simple right and left nostril breathing technique that will help quiet and still the mind. There are so many wonderful benefits to doing right and left nostril breathing, such as: Relaxes the body and mind, reduces anxiety and promotes an overall well-being just to name a few.
Sit in a comfortable position either in a chair or on the floor with legs crossed. Focus on keeping your breath slow, smooth, and continuous.
You can practice this breathing technique any time, anywhere and as often as needed.
This breathing technique is great to do before meditation as it will create a more meditative state and deepen your meditation experience.
Spring cleaning your house and mind can be a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. By decluttering, cleaning, organizing, reflecting, letting go and practicing self-care, you can create a clean and positive environment both inside and outside your home. This in turn will magnetize more opportunities, friendlier encounters and overall more positivity in your world. Happy cleaning, happy Spring!
Wishing you all the best this spring in health, peace and love…