10 Keys to Clear the Clutter
We all need to engage in spring cleaning for your home to create a comfortable, open space as the seasons get a bit more bright and cheery. As they say, your closet reflects your mental state, so it's always good to reevaluate & de-clutter each season. But...what about your life? As the sun casts a warmer glow on us this Spring and heavy coats can be cast aside...what else in your life do you need to shift to start anew? Sometimes we literally need to push things and situations to the curb, but most of the time, we just need to adjust our mindset to do some serious Spring Cleaning of our lives.
10 Keys to Clear the Clutter...
1. LET GO.
We all have people in our lives that really don't do us any good. They bring us down and invite negative energy into our space. No better time than the present to rid yourself of these toxic relationships. But how? That depends on who it is. With some people you can just try distancing yourselves slowly. Other people, we actually love, like family or they are work colleagues and we can't escape them. This is when we can engage in compassionate understanding--- looking deeply at where this person is coming from and gather up as much compassion as you can to evoke empathy and understanding. This can allow you to let go of our own frustrations and expectations. Much easier said than done...but how???
2. CLEAR YOUR MIND.
Relax your mind daily. Sit comfortably in silence for a few minutes a day. Just focus on your breathe. Breath In. Breathe Out. Yes, aka... meditation. This truly can ignite a sense of joy, compassion and calm into your life. Plus you can receive insight into your own inner wisdom. This inner wisdom will definitely help you navigate any drama that needs some spring cleaning. Mindful living is the best housekeeper.... cleans it all out and open doors. No wonder the world is so intrigued with the Buddhist nation Bhutan's focus on “gross national happiness”? Can meditation really offer one the ability to be happy no matter what? Many say, the answer is YES! I'm striving.
3. PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
Count your blessings. Practice Gratitude for all you are and all you have. Each morning or evening state out loud things you are grateful for. Stating your truth out loud is a powerful key...let's the universe hear you clearly. Keep a gratitude journal. I know of friends that text each other one thing they are grateful for each day as an inspiring way to keep in touch and live with gratitude. Try it out.
4. THE POWER OF NO.
Clear out all those feelings of obligation. If living life on your terms is considered selfish, than so be it. Step into your power and just say NO...to those “optional” tasks you don't want to do, but feel you have to. Of course there are plenty of things we don't want to do that we really do HAVE to do. I am talking about those countless frivolous favors or requests from everyone under the sun, that we feel like we can't say no because we are going to hurt someone's feelings. This is something most women struggle with. Selfish doesn't have to be negative. Each moment counts, so why waste it? “With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. “ Collin Powell tells it like it is. I wish I heeded those words a long time ago. A friend stated this quote the other night....” Do for self. Not for selfish.”
5. DISCOVER YOUR INNER WILD CHILD.
Do something different. Get out of your routine. Take action and try that one activity you've always wanted to do that you never did. Go somewhere that you've always been meaning to go or do something you love to do, but never do. Just live with more adventure. Doing all your spring cleaning, will offer more time for adventure and youthful fun. (I'm taking a crazy adventure soon, by traveling to Ethiopia with my family.) What are you going to do?
6. WEAR COLOR. CHANGE YOUR LOOK.
Get a new hairstyle. If you avoid color in your wardrobe. Embrace it. Color really can change your mood and can have a positive effect on your world. If you love neutrals, it's time to to spice up your look this spring. No need to hide in dark colors..even chic all-black needs a break. If you are style-challenged, seek solace in a stylish friend... just make a change. It actually does matter how you present yourself to the world. When you look good, you feel good.
7. INDULGE IN NATURE:
The beauty of nature is so awe-inspiring. Surrounding yourself with nature can offer a sense of peace and relaxation. Even urban dwellers could try to walk in the park, tend to a garden, pick up flowers for your home. Just noticing the sky, any nature around you can offer a sense of calm, when you pay attention and send gratitude for our earth.
8. YOUR INTUITION IS GOLD.
Listen to yourself a little more. You know, that little voice that warns you, but you ignore it..and it comes back to bite you? You are wise. You know what is good for you. You don't need to consult friends. Your wisdom is with you all the time. We just have to listen a bit more deeply. Slow down. Stop and listen to your intuition. We will all be better off for it.
9. “YOU ARE YOUR FRIENDS.”
This famous quote is the damn truth.. Take a look at your life. Do your friends support and inspire? “If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.” by Collin Powell. So what are you going to do?
10. PRIORITY #1 – YOU.
As a mother, my motto is “ If mama isn't happy, nobody is happy.” This sentiment is universal. If you are not happy, no one living or working with you can truly be either. Spring cleaning is all about caring for yourself. Do whatever you need to do to be at peace. When you smile...everyone around you will be smiling too. I like to save the best, for last....but truly...this is numero uno.
I would love to hear what Spring Cleaning 2014 looks like for you? Whatcha gonna do? Share some comments below.