The original term “spring cleaning” referred to cleaning one’s house from top to bottom of dirt and dust with the first warm weather. I have expanded the definition to include one of my rituals at this time of year. It is something I look forward to with both dread and anticipation. It is the switching of my wardrobe from winter to spring/summer. I dread it because it’s time consuming and requires me to make some tough decisions. I essentially use this spring cleaning to clear out the un-needed things that have accumulated over the cold winter months. I also use the opportunity to re-evaluate my entire wardrobe so that I can ensure that what is taking up closet space is what I want and looks best on me.
What I enjoy about this process is how unburdened I feel after I’ve cleared out the clothing that no longer serves a purpose. The irony is that, as difficult as the decisions are, I never miss the stuff after it’s gone. And I have room in my closet for new goodies!
I also extend the meaning of spring cleaning to include clearing out all unwanted things that have accumulated in business and one’s personal life. Just like there are clothes that no longer fit, that are no longer in style, or just don’t suit who we are any more, the same holds true with our thinking, approaches and people who don’t fit where we aspire to go.
We hold on to them out of habit, or worse, because we don’t want to put in the effort of deciding what stays and what goes. When we clear out unused or out dated thinking, people, and stuff, we make room for new things that are more suited to who we are now and our vision for our future.
So where to begin? I think closets are always a good place to start! As odd as it may seem, I’ve seen a direct connection between the ability to clear out those duds that are past their prime and the capability to take on new accomplishments. Freeing up physical space frees up mental and energetic space.
Next, take a look at outdated thoughts about yourself or others. Are they leftover from the past and is it time to release them? What about commitments to organizations for which you no longer feel an affinity? Is your current business model outmoded? Take the time to do the spring cleaning that will clear the clutter. Rest assured, once the decision is made to rid yourself of the unused, out of date, worn out thinking, obligations, and people, you won’t miss them and you will have the capacity to create something new and exciting!