Spring is almost upon us. The weather still seems a little unsure about that but bearing in mind we did have snow last month (remember that?) and we had quite a warm weekend, I think it’s safe to say the season is on its way, and it can’t come soon enough for me!
While I don’t necessarily deep clean the house at this time of year, I do often decide to ‘sort out my wardrobe’ in the spring. Then, once I’ve started on my wardrobe, I tend to start sorting through all my other ‘crap’. I don’t have a lot of it. Mr B is the hoarder (Oh how I’d love to sort out his stuff!) but even though I have a clear-out at least once a year, I still seem to accumulate enough useless stuff to warrant at least a bit of decluttering. And that’s before I get to work on some of the rubbish Mushroom accumulates that has to be decluttered gradually, so he doesn’t miss his ‘favourite’ (for that week/only when he realises it’s gone) party bag toy/special stick/lump of hardened pay dough…
So, how do I go about clearing out the crap? Well, this infographic on how to declutter your wardrobe from Ecomovers pretty much sums up what I do with my wardrobe as well as all the other crap that seemed important at the time:
Actually, if you forget the first question and look some of the questions on the right hand side, changing ‘Do you feel good in it’ to ‘does it make you feel good,’ and replace ‘was it expensive’ with ‘does it still serve you?’ Then your answers might help if you’re looking to declutter your mind as well, I think.
I know one of the reasons I like a good clear-out is because it makes me feel good inside to have less crap on the outside. Clearing my stuff helps to clear my mind. However, clearing the crap out of my mind is more of a long game! But as a result of a lot of personal development work over the years (that led me to what I do now, coaching others!) here’s some of the crap I’ve cleared from my mind in the past five or six years: A belief that everything needed to be done perfectly, a belief that I wasn’t worthy (of a lot of things…), a belief that I should be seen and not heard (relating back to self worth), a belief that I’d never achieve my dreams (so why try to?)… and more. These ideas (and they really were just that, not reality at all) no longer served me, so I let them go. It wasn’t always easy (and there are some days they sneak back up on me) but letting go of them has made life so much better in the long-term.
How about you? Do you spring clean? If you were to clear some of the crap from your mind this year, what would you let go of?
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