I love Spring. Apart from my hay fever starting, I don’t think there’s a single thing I dislike about this beautiful season. Especially after such a long and miserable Winter – at least for me! It’s about time we have some new weather, new hope and new life into our year and Spring cleaning is an AMAZING way to mark that transition. So here I’ll be sharing some things to Spring clean from your life this year.
There are so many incredible benefits of de-cluttering, for your mind and the physical aspect of it. Even starting small, with one room or one drawer or one this from this list of things to Spring clean from your life, can allow you to experience those benefits. Some of the amazing benefits you might experience are:
- Higher organization: the less stuff you have around, the easier it’ll be to get organized.
- Sharper focus throughout the day: once you’ve had a major de-clutter, you’ll find you’ll be able to concentrate better for days!
- Better sleep: with less clutter around to look at and think about, de-cluttering can even boost your sleep.
- More creativity: less negative distractions can help boost your creativity in your work and daily life.
- Letting go of the past: and the act of de-cluttering old stuff can help you let go of the past and things / people you don’t need.
And not to mention the physical benefits you’ll receive from de-cluttering. You’ll find that you’ll have less dust, mold and other nasty things that tend to linger around your house, which can help improve things like asthma and allergies. Heck, even the physical act of de-cluttering can end up being a workout in itself!
There’s scientifically backed evidence that de-cluttering and Spring cleaning can improve your health. So let this be the time of year where you really put that to the test and dedicated some time to these things to Spring clean from your life.
Here are 8 things to Spring clean from your life this year:
Let’s start with a nice easy one and that’s your Facebook friends. Anyone who has Facebook will be familiar with the accumulation of people over the years; some of which you don’t align with anymore. Now is the time to cull them. If you’re struggling, check out this post on 8 Reasons To De-Clutter Your Facebook Friends.
Physical clutter is the main and obvious thing we think about when it comes to Spring cleaning and this is the one that can help with those physical negative impacts of having too much clutter. If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect, start small. One room at a time. Here are some posts to help if you’re struggling to get started:
- A Simple Guide To De-Cluttering
- 5 Neglected Areas of Your Home You Shouldn’t Ignore When De-Cluttering
- How To De-Clutter Your House: Room By Room
Oh yes, we’re going there. When thinking about things to Spring clean from your life, your mind and your thoughts should always come into the equation. None of us are immune to limiting beliefs; but we ALL have the power to change them. We might just need a little help or a little nudge. This post on the work I did with Andrea Hunt might help with that!
And the first step to abolishing those limiting beliefs, is to work on your negative self-talk. More specifically, Spring clean it from your life! I know this is easier said than done and none of us can just snap our fingers and stop the negative self talk completely. There will always be times where it comes up. But knowing how to stop it in it’s tracks is the trick.
Take some time this Spring to sit down with your journal and figure out your negative self talk. What do you say to yourself most often? What negative stories do you hold about yourself? How many of those things are actually TRUE. You could even do a forgiveness ritual; forgiving yourself for all the time you’ve spent speaking negatively to yourself.
I think this one is probably one of the WORST for me. My watch lists always get so unreasonably long yet I never dedicate the time to actually watching any of it! Go through your watch lists on all your platforms – Netflix, Amazon Prime, NowTV, YouTube etc. – and Spring clean those watch lists, to make room for things that you ARE actually going to watch!
This isn’t as easy as just cutting people out and never talking to them again. I actually can’t stand it when people make it sound so simple and straight-forward. It NEVER is. But this year, when thinking about things to Spring clean from your life, think about your relationships.
Which ones are you holding onto tighter than you should? Which ones are negatively impacting you? Which ones deserve more care? And start to implement small acts to help mold those relationships into something that fits and something that’s beneficial. It might mean actively hanging out with someone less – but not wanting to cut them off completely. Or having that sit-down honest conversation.
Ugh *blows raspberry*. I hate digital clutter. Whilst I’m generally quite good with physical clutter, when it comes to my digital space, it can get a REAL mess. And when you’re self employed and your own boss, that’s not beneficial. Some things you might want to consider Spring cleaning from your life on your digital devices are:
- Your phone images / videos
- Unused apps / games
- Photos from your camera
- Documents and files on your computer
- Bookmarked pages
And finally, your subscriptions. Do you REALLY need all of them? Not only will this help free up space in your life and remove unnecessary clutter, it will also help you save money! So there’s a win-win. Do you still use the gym? Are you watching enough Netflix to warrant a subscription? Do you even READ that magazine you subscribe to anymore?
Will you be having a de-clutter this year? Which of these categories do you need to focus on the most? Let me know in the comments!
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