Spring is my favourite season of the year!!! I’m not sure about you, but my springtime memories as a child are vivid! I still remember the smell of the frangipani and jasmine flowers in my neighbourhood; the vibrant colour of my mum’s garden blooms; the crisp morning air; the reflection of the sunlight on the river overlooking our home; the baby calves on my grandparents’ farm, the green rolling hills; the renewed excitement in the air as those last cold winter days passed; and how could I forget those wretched swooping magpies (eeekkk!). One more of those memories etched into my mind – one I confess I have had a great deal more appreciation for over the last decade or so – is my mum’s epic attempts to rid our home of all unnecessary junk and clutter that had accumulated over the previous year. In addition to this we would move every piece of furniture (actually it was most likely me observing and mum doing the moving) to ensure that every speck of dust attempting to hide would be found out and removed swiftly! This ritual became affectionately (?!?) known to me as ‘Spring Cleaning’!
As a child I didn’t always understand or even like that this ‘spring cleaning’ was a part of our family’s springtime routine. It interrupted all of the fun that was out there to be had with my siblings and neighbourhood friends. It just didn’t seem necessary. Afterall, no one else would see the dust behind the furniture up against the wall and (I thought) we had plenty of cupboard space to store all of the junk and clutter, which to me wasn’t really junk and clutter! Only we, actually no, only my mum really would have known it was there (Kids don’t notice that stuff!)
As you might imagine, my siblings and I didn’t particularly share our mum’s enthusiasm and motivation to take part in this task, much to her frustration. But I have to say that it was because of my mum’s dedication in following through on this task, that we always had an exceptionally clean, fresh and tidy place to call home.
Inevitably, I grew up.
Since having my own home and my own family, this springtime routine has (perhaps not surprisingly) found its way into the list of annual events in my home. To be honest it’s probably more like a continuous annual event in our house. I feel like I’m consistently culling, decluttering, minimising and cleaning.
This has become something I’ve become increasingly passionate about as the years move on. For me my physical environment needs to be free of clutter and mess so that I am able to achieve the goals I set for my day, week, month etc (as I also do a great deal of work from home).
Alongside of this over the years, I discovered something else. As I grew in my appreciation for this ‘springtime routine’ in my physical environment, I began to see the benefits of adopting this same routine in my ‘inner-world’.
Much like our physical environments accumulate unnecessary junk, dust and clutter that compromises our ability to ‘get things done’ effectively and efficiently, so it is with our inner world. As we allow all sorts of non-descript junk and clutter to occupy our hearts and minds we begin to experience that feeling of being bogged down, ineffective and frustrated with ourselves and with life. Those unprocessed hurts from the past that pop up at the most inconvenient times, the offences you keep a tight grip on keep popping up and rearing their ugly heads, but you just keep closing the cupboard door on them (so to speak) in the hope that one day they’ll simply disappear. (We know how absurd this is with physical clutter. Same rule applies with our internal-clutter too!) If this is a habit you’ve grown accustomed to, I’m going to challenge you to STOP IT! It is a habit that is NOT serving you well! You are robbing yourself of achieving the full extent of everything you’ve been designed to be and do!
What kind of quality are you looking for in life? Are you settling for less? If so, Why? Are you happy to continue making excuses for yourself? Or are you ready to take that first step and make a change?
I fully understand that if you’ve allowed your inner-world to be over-run with junk and clutter (emotional pain, hurt, offence, bitterness and grief) for a long time it can seem like it’s an insurmountable mountain that is impossible to get over. Can I tell you that it is never too late to begin that spring cleaning process, regardless of how much inner-junk has accumulated. Much like a decluttering or organising expert could help you to sort your home into a more manageable, inviting space to live and teach you ways of maintaining it, so can professional counsellors and coaches do likewise in working with you to break-down the inner clutter that is causing you to feel overwhelmed and maybe even defeated in your life.
Would you like to be able to get through your day, your week without feeling weighed down by the toxic thoughts you find yourself entertaining? How important is it to you that you’re able to move through life more freely, without the overwhelming feeling that you can never escape the ‘mess’ in your head?
The key (and I’m speaking from a great deal of personal experience here) is to regularly ‘spring clean’ your thought life and your heart for any junk or clutter that is not adding value, not bringing life and not serving you well in your pursuit of your purpose and goals in life.
Let me encourage you…You don’t need to carry this unnecessary weight and clutter around with you for the remainder of your existence on this planet! Do yourself a favour. Set a ‘spring-cleaning’ plan in motion today. Seek the help you need to execute your plan. There is no time like NOW!
Let this beautiful Spring season inspire and motivate you to make the changes you need to change your world – inside and out!
With you on this journey,