Welcome to Spring. How gorgeous has the weather been over the last few days? If you’re anything like me you probably have a new lease on life. I spent the weekend pottering in the garden, tidying up the garage, cleaning out my car, tidying my house, vacuuming and dusting. I even had a trip to the Op Shop to drop off some unwanted stuff. I was really in Spring Cleaning mode. I also did some juicing and made a green vegie soup because Spring Cleaning happens on lots of levels.Today I want to talk to you about some the ways you can clean up your life. Now when most people think about Spring Cleaning they think about cleaning the house. That’s a really good place to start. It’s such a good feeling to be in a tidy, organised house but I must confess I’m not a good housekeeper. I had a Hypnosis session years ago to help me become tidier. In hypnosis I was asked to go back to the cause of my messiness and I had quite a clear recollection of my mother talking about a neighbour whose house was always spotless. Like me, my mum was not so excited about housework and I remember her saying that our neighbour had nothing better to do with her time.
Clearly my subconscious took that comment on board and from that moment on I believed that a tidy house meant I had nothing better to do with my time. I became an expert at finding lots of better things to do than housework and needless to say I drove my husband and kids nuts with my messiness. The hypnosis helped me decide I could have better things to do AND have a tidy house. Although I’m still not a fantastic housekeeper I did have a period of time when everything was beautifully organised and tidy. I had put an affirmation on my fridge that said, “I am tidy and organised, I don’t put things down I put them away.” Within 3 months the entire house including every drawer and cupboard was tidy and organized and it happened easily until one day I tidied up the clutter on the fridge door and threw away the sign. I must confess I’ve gone downhill since then. Perhaps I better make myself a new sign.
Anyway, cleaning is one thing, but clearing out the clutter from the house, cupboards and drawers can be extremely therapeutic. Throwing out, selling or giving away anything that drains your energy can free you up for lots of good things to flow into your life. If an object triggers any kind of negative feelings then you should probably consider getting rid of it. It may be a gift that you never really liked but feel obliged to have it on display. Every time you look at it, it will drain you a little. Or it may be something you paid a lot of money for but never use. When you look at it you feel guilty. You know all those whizzbang appliances or gym equipment that are gathering dust. Perhaps it’s something that needs mending and you just haven’t got the time or money or energy to mend it. Again, when you look at those thing you’ll feel burdened. You actually don’t even need to look at those things for them to lower your energy. Even if they’re are out of sight, in the back of a cupboard or under the bed, on a subconscious level you know they’re there and they are all energy zappers.
When you do a stocktake of your “stuff” look at it from an energy perspective and clear out, mend or renovate anything that zaps your energy. Do your best to ensure all your “stuff” is either beautiful or functional.One of the best books I ever read about clearing the clutter is by Julie Morgenstein called “Organising from the Inside Out.” It’s about the psychology of getting tidy and organised and how to change your mindset first. She also has some awesome practical tips.
Julie uses a process she calls SPACE:
S is for Sort.
P is for Purge
A is for Assign a Home
C is for Containerise
E is for Equalise
Whatever room, cupboard or drawer you’re working onSorting needs to occur first with piles for donating, discarding, keeping. The sort the “keeping” pile logically.Purge the rest.
Assign means decide where you are keeping the stuff you are keeping. Maybe even put a label on a drawer or cupboard to remind you.
Measure your stuff and buy the right size Containers for the space you have. Make sure you love the containers. Buy pretty colours and good quality containers.
Equalise mean that once everything is in place do a daily or weekly round up and put things back in their home. I found this process really helpful. You might like to start with just one drawer or cupboard.
Of course another area of your life that may need spring cleaning is your body. Spring is a time when lots of people feel the need to detox. This is not just a good idea if you want to lose weight for summer but we can all benefit from giving our digestive system a break from meat and processed foods from time to time.
Together with our Naturopath we’ve put together a really simple 3 Day Program to Kickstart Your Detox. It includes the recipes and shopping list for a juice and a vegie soup that will get you feeling fabulous fast. I actually trialled it over the weekend and I have to say the juice is absolutely delicious and the soup is quite yummy! I know lots a people do a juice fast but I find that I need something and little more substantial, warm and salty for my evening meal so I make myself this soup with lots of green vegies.
If you’re interested in giving it a go then we can send you the recipes and instructions.
Just email us to request your guide. You just need to out DETOX in the subject line. I would love your feddback.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Enjoy your Spring Cleaning. It even seems that our Federal Parliament was in detox and declutter mode yesterday and we have a new Prime Minister!
Have a great week,
Alison BurtonSimply Natural Therapies
41 Tunstall Square
03 9842 7033