As soon as I can catch even a whiff of spring
in the air, Iím ready for spring cleaning. Before you think Iím totally nuts, Iíll tell you that I donít do much of the scrubbing and window washing kind of spring cleaning. My spring cleaning has a lot to do with me, my belongings and my personality.
Clean Up My Belongings
Iím of the mind that I most likely own too many things at a given time. Iíd love to be one of those people who lives nicely with only the essentials, but Iím not. I tend to collect things I find on sale or that I plan on wearing someday. But when spring comes around, itís time to clear out the clutter.
I always start with my closet. Whatever Iíve outgrown (either physically or emotionally), donít like, or havenít worn goes into a pile. I pull out anything stained or worn out, too. It can be tough, but I try to be firm with myself and really clear out the stuff I donít need. I also go through my shoes since I tend to buy them on sale and never actually get around to wearing them. I could sell all of my old clothes in a garage sale, but usually Iíll let my best friends poke through them then take whatís left to a charity. Iím not wearing them, but someone else might need them.
Then, once the closet is clear, I turn to the rest of my stuff. I go through my drawers and get them organized. All my old notes, letters, drawings and the like go in a special box I have for this very reason. Mementos can go into the same box, but things that just sit around with no purpose often go into the trash. Old notebooks and papers from school get trashed since Iíve never actually gone back to study or use them the way I thought I would. I also check the hiding places like under my bed and in the back of my drawers to see if there is anything good back there. At the end of the clean-up, I have a neat room with space for new stuff and at least a few big bags ready for donation.
Clean Up My Spirit
For some reason, I tend to feel heavy at the end of the winter. I donít mean I gained weight, although itís possible, I mean my spirit feels heavy. I like to take the first days of spring to help lighten my spirit. Cleaning out my room and closet definitely help. Taking the items somewhere they will be appreciated is another big boost. But I look for other things to help cleanse the spirit and make me refreshed and ready for spring and summer.
Warmer weather means itís easy and more pleasant to spend time outside. A bit of exercise makes me feel good and helps deal with the few extra pounds left from Christmas cookies. I also like to bring a blanket outside or open my windows and lie on my bed breathing fresh spring air.
While Iím totally relaxed and feeling good about life in general, I think about all the things in my life that might be weighing me down. Do I need to make amends with anyone or make a new commitment to an area of my life? I lie there as long as I need to, and sometimes I journal, until my head is clear, my spirit is refreshed and I know what direction Iím facing for the rest of spring. Then I go shopping Ė thereís space in my closet that needs to be filled!