Now that it’s officially spring, I’ve been thinking about spring cleaning—but in more ways than just house cleaning. I've found that one of the most challenging things for me to do is to let go of items, jobs, people, activities, distractions, etc. that no longer belong in my life. I've heard a few friends mention different books that talk about minimalism, getting rid of items in the home that you haven't used for a certain number of months, and only keeping things in your life that bring you joy. I love this idea and I think it can be applied to all facets of life.
Obviously, there are going to be aspects of almost any job, associations with certain people, experiences in life, or items in your home that are not particularly enjoyable that you can't just "get rid of”. You can’t stop doing the dishes because you don’t like it. You can’t make an illness magically disappear. You can’t stop being related to your sister. Part of life is going through difficult things and working through difficult relationships. What I'm referring to is cleansing your life of things, people, and situations, that you really don't need, that surround you with negativity, and CAN be removed from your life.
I’m sure we’ve all gone through our closets and noticed something taking up space that serves no real use in our lives, but we still think to ourselves, “Maybe SOMEDAY I’ll need this!” But the truth is, that day usually never comes, and if it does, we can’t remember where the item is anyway! So, ultimately, it just adds clutter to our homes and makes it harder for us to find things we actually need. This same pattern can be found in many aspects of life.
Here are some examples of other ways you might want to do some spring cleaning:
So, as difficult as it is to actually do, I love this concept of decluttering and instead filling your life with experiences, things, and people that bring you joy—when it is in your control to do so. The phrase “pick your battles” is very helpful when going through spring cleaning. Why take on an extra battle you don’t need to fight? There will always be difficult things in life that you can’t control, so allow yourself to rid your life of the clutter when you can control it.
There’s a quote I love about how certain things, jobs, and people sometimes have a season in our lives and then that season ends. And that is totally fine! Some things should never have a place in our lives, and that is totally okay too. As you evaluate your life, you will feel which things belong and which things don’t. De-clutter and let things go that don’t belong or are out of season. Replace them with things that bring you joy! Happy spring cleaning!