People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” (or when one door closes another one opens!) If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try Spring cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. You’ll have more energy, better focus and can even lose weight in the process!
Once you have your house/space cleaned up, there’s one other Spring cleaning target to take a look at: your body & mind! Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out, and we clutter our mind with emotional residue as well.
Spring Clean your Home/Space
If you haven’t heard of it before, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is… life-changing! The key question you ask of every possession you have is: “does this spark joy in me?” It’s all about how decluttering and organizing can actually make you freer, happier and more effective, and has MANY converts. I highly recommend it!
Spring Clean your Body
Give your body a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups.
Without so much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.
Here are 5 steps to an easier juice cleanse to get you started!
Spring Clean your Heart
Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.
Tip: Try Daily Meditation – just 5-10 minutes upon waking every morning (great to reduce stress and set the tone for your day!) Here are 5 easy ways to start your meditation practice!
Spring Clean your Environment.
Eating organic is not only beneficial for your body, but also for the water, soil and air you breathe! Want to learn more? Click here for my article about eating organic!
Take a good look at your makeup, shampoo, lotions and other toiletries. If you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it anywhere on your body? Your skin is your largest organ, and easily absorbs all those toxins. Check out this article for more!
Replace those toxic cleaning products with green or organic versions, open the windows to get some fresh air moving, add more plants around your home to get more oxygen.
Tip: My favorite (and ONLY!) household cleaner is non-toxic and works great for every room (and is even safe for kids toys!). It’s Young Living Essential Oils THIEVES Cleaner!
I hope this list gives you some places to start. Remember, everything is connected. A clean body can affect your mood and mind, a clean home can affect your spirit, and a clean heart can affect all of the above! So what are you waiting for? Happy cleaning!