How is Spring Cleaning related to your well-being?

Spring is in the air. And so is spring cleaning! Here is one exercise in WELLNESS we can all jump on board with.

How is spring cleaning related to your overall well-being?

Studies have shown that cleaning and decluttering our homes can change our lives in many positive ways, including:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety
  2. Saves time
  3. Cleanses your mind
  4. Strengthens relationships in the home
  5. Energizes your mind, body and spirit

A lot of information is out there these days about decluttering. On one extreme we have a television show called “Hoarders” about people who literally become buried in their inability to get rid of stuff. And now we have a show on Netflix called “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo, with her KonMari method of decluttering our homes and our lives. Marie encourages us to throw out items that no longer “spark joy”.

When you declutter, ask yourself three questions about each item:

  1. Do I need this?
  2. Do I use this?
  3. Do I love this?

Remember, just because you currently HAVE it, doesn’t mean you need to keep it forever. If you have a deep emotional attachment to it, keep it. If you have a medium attachment to it, take a photo and let it go.

If you feel unmotivated, start small. Open a junk drawer and empty the contents onto the counter and make each item justify itself getting returned to the drawer.

Remember, your trash may be someone else’s treasure. And what you receive in return are the feelings of power, clarity and joy. Try it, and let me know what you think!

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