When you look at Martha Stewart’s checklist for spring cleaning, you’ll come across some arduous chores like shampooing rugs, polishing metal doors, and waxing wooden furniture. But not all spring cleaning needs to be an exercise in how-to-be-the-best-homemaker.
We believe that spring is a time of blossoming, and not just for nature but for us humans too. And just like the trees and the flowers, we need the right conditions to bloom. Letting go of unnecessary, rarely or never used items, reorganizing our home and/or workspace to suit our goals, whether they are physical, spiritual, or mental, might just do the trick.
Here are a few tips and tricks on turning your space into a less energy-dense, more flowing place:
- Go into each room of the house to see if it feels right. Give yourself permission to move the furniture and see if another set up feels more spacious. Revisit the decorative items, artwork, and posters that are covering your walls and taking up space in your shelves. Ask yourself whether it makes you happy to see them. If not, take them down and give it to someone who’ll be happy to have them.
- Go into your closet with brutal honesty and take out all the items that you haven’t worn in the past year and donate them. Then, take a closer look at the ones that you did wear in the past year. Hold each for a moment, see if you sense anything negative arise within you (maybe a memory or a feeling). If anything negative is attached to the item, just toss it on top of the donation pile.
- Spend some time in the kitchen and see if there is anything in the fridge or the cupboards that are not in line with your dietary goals. Should you, say, get rid of the bag of sugar that you rarely use and replace it with a healthier alternative?
- Everyone has a to-d0 list in their homes. Whatever is on that list, make sure you get it done by the end of the week and you know you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment. That’s one of the best mind de-cluttering you can do for yourself.
- Replace dead or artificial flowers with plants or fresh flowers.