Spring Cleaning for the House and the Mind: A Guide to Self Care

At this time of year we often think about going through our closets, basements, drawers, shelves, anything and everything where belongings may have overstayed their welcome. Out with the old and in with the new. Reorganize and re-prioritize our physical space. A cluttered home only contributes further to a cluttered mind, so lets’ get back to basics, practice a little self care, and get rid of all the extra noise we surround ourselves with. I myself face the task of organizing our basement which seems to have no real purpose other than a holding place for furniture and boxes of items we cannot use in our daily life right now. There are likely lots of things down there that we can part with for good. I like the idea of taking this one step further though, and while we purge the physical items that are no longer doing us good, let’s do the same for the mental items that are no longer (or never were) helpful to us.

Spring cleaning, both physical and mental, can feel like a daunting task. It is one meant to bring relief from clutter but the mere idea of beginning the process can feel even heavier than the baggage we’re carrying around. This is why many people choose to just leave things as is and not venture down this road. The question becomes then, how can we make spring cleaning feel less like a burden and more like the act of self-care it truly is? The truth is, there’s no easy answer to this. We all work and think differently and the mental constraints that may hold some people back from successfully cleaning house are likely not the same for everyone. The key is to find the tricks that work for you… and follow some general guidelines that are sure to assist anyone in this process.

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