Wash the windows, clean the carpet, get rid of the dust on the bookshelf, and drop the feelings of resentment. Ahh, the stress sets in!
With about a month left in spring, it is time to clean up your life if you haven’t already. Spring cleaning is very liberating. Getting rid of old stuff that just fills up space and adds clutter to your life will help concentration. But although it is liberating, sometimes it can be hard to make a decision on whether to get rid of something or not.
Old stuff can be associated with emotions and hard to get rid of when your brain keeps telling you not to throw it out. When you get that inclination to keep something, think again! Do you really need it? When is the last time you have worn or used it? If you haven’t used it in a couple months, chances are you won’t use it in the next couple of months either! Spring cleaning can easily turn out to be hours of work so take breaks until you’re happy with what you’ve done and don’t allow the cleaning to stress you out. Use spring cleaning as a de-stressor!
Once you get past the emotions, it is time for action! Have you ever done spring cleaning and the trash bags go right to the basement? Well, not this year. If you know you have trouble getting rid of things because of sentimental reasons consider donating or giving those special items to good friends. It helps to encourage the clean-up when you know where the items are going and who they will benefit. Thus, you can safely get rid of it without feeling bad, and you will feel better afterward.
Consider all those old books and magazines that are just collecting dust. Maybe you have boxes lying around that have nothing of importance in them or old papers that are just piling up. Keep an eye out for things that don’t belong and consider their replacement or if necessary displacement. And the dreaded closet will almost always have some items that you no longer need and that you can give away.
Not only does spring cleaning consist of tossing out the tangible items, but it is also a great time to make room for people and emotions that you want in your life. So make some room for the new and move on with the old and unnecessary. Spring cleaning may enhance personal contentment, as well as allow your mind to reap some positives from the effects of discarding the useless clutter.