"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." -William Morris
Spring is my favorite time of year. It is a time of rebirth, the sprouting of new ideas and fresh inspiration. This past winter felt extra long and extra cold, so this year spring feels extra sweet. So, the question is, how are you going start off this season feeling fresh, inspired and new?
Spring cleaning is an intuitive urge for many of us. Open up the windows, let in the fresh air, clean house. From the book, 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up," by Marie Condo, she encourages us to ask this question when cleansing your home, "DOES THIS SPARK JOY?" I love this question and have used it many times when cleaning out my closet, buying new clothes, or cleaning up my kids' toys (many of those the answer is NO, haha!).
What if instead of focusing on the external environment of your house, we also turn inside and focus on the body? What do you want to take into your house? I used to think of spring cleaning as mainly focusing on cleaning up the diet and doing a 'cleanse'. Cleansing the body with a healthy diet is very important, but what about our thoughts? Our intake of negative news and social media? Is our house cluttered with so much stress that we are walking around all day overwhelmed? If the answer is yes, then spring is a great time to set some goals for cleaning up your inner house.
From my experience and study of how transformation happens, it is always by very small changes done consistently over time that lead to be biggest changes in the long term. My advice is to finding something you want to add to your life, and something that you want to subtract. Make the change very clear and straightforward. Write it down, tape it up on the wall, and even better, find an accountability partner that's ready to change with you. Here are some spring cleaning ideas for things to add and things to subtract.
Hope this post got your inspiration flowing to implement some healthy lifestyle changes this spring!
Be well and hope to see you soon:)
Melissa is a self described 'nerd' about all topics relating to health and wellness. She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and co-owner of Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing.