Most of us got caught up in the KonMari Method and we’re decluttering all the things. We’re sparking joy in our closets, but what about the rest of our lives?
I believe it’s always a good time to declutter and tidy up (ask my husband…) The change of seasons is an especially good time to re-evaluate. Like a new year or new week, there’s something special about the fresh start.
The weather is getting warmer, the sun is getting brighter, and our motivation for adulting is getting a bit stronger. Lets take advantage of that, shall we?
We’re going to spring clean beyond just our closets. Here are seven areas you may not have thought about, but will certainly make a positive impact.
1. Physical Space
This is the most obvious one. If you need encouragement, check out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. I was addicted. Our physical space is so much more than the abundance of clothes we have. There are many places in your home that can use your cleaning attention like an attic, guest room closet, or garage.
If you work outside the home, consider that space too. We spend so much of our day at work and it can be easy to let things pile up there. Is there anything that can be trashed or recycled? Is there anything broken? Is there anything that doesn’t serve a purpose anymore? Are there any papers that need to be shredded. It’s been shown that we can focus better and be more productive when our space is clean.
2. Mental Space
It’s hard to rest when our mind keeps spinning. We are busy and have lots of things to keep straight. There’s no way to actually stop that, but I have implemented some strategies that help keep my head on straight.
The first is my phone. I’m letting technology work for me by using the Notes app and a to-do list app called MinimaList. I keep notes of whatever I need so I don’t have to keep it in my head — our grocery list for example. I use MinimaList in conjunction with my paper planner. If anything pops into my head that I need to do, I type it into my app and then transfer accordingly to my planner later. This can be anything from making an appointment to a big task I need to do.
Journaling has also helped greatly in clearing my mental space. I write freely about whatever is floating around my mind. It helps me process things and gives those thoughts a place to land.
3. Digital Space
I’m talking phones, computers, iPads — whatever devices you have. Clean me up! Delete any apps you don’t use. Organize your phone’s app folders (if you use them, I highly recommend you do) so that they make sense and the most used ones are easily accessed. Clean up your inbox. Unsubscribe from emails you don’t want (Unroll.Me is the best for this!) Tidy up your desktop. Delete old, unnecessary documents.
Do what you need to do to make your digital space simple and easier to use.
4. Social Media
Delete/unfollow accounts that don’t spark joy. Easy enough.
If you feel any sort of negative/anxious way consuming an account’s content, say goodbye. This might be certain negative people, brands that make you feel like you need to buy all the things, or accounts that make you feel you don’t measure up. You have total control over the type of content showing up in your feeds.
5. Toxic people + circumstances
This directly relates to #4, but it isn’t limited to social media. Protect your energy. There are certain things we can’t avoid, but we always have a choice. Maybe you can’t completely cut ties with a toxic person in your life, but can you distance yourself or limit your time with them?
The same goes for circumstances. Things happen and that’s life. But again, we have the power to change things. You’re not a tree, you can MOVE! If it’s a toxic job, apply elsewhere. Be mindful of how your energy is affected and remember you always have a choice to improve it.
This is a challenge for me, but I know it’s needed. I feel so much better when I’m eating clean and fueling my body with healthy foods. There’s a reason. I love carbs and I have the biggest sweet tooth, but that usually just makes me feel gross. And feeling gross is not fun.
Last year I did two rounds of Whole 30 (if you’d like to learn more about that, check out those posts here and here). But you don’t need to do a Whole30 or commit to a huge lifestyle change to make this happen, although you certainly can. It’s just about committing the next meal/snack to something nourishing to your body. More veggies, more water, more good stuff. Do your best.
Create some margin in your days, friend. I’m so guilty for jam packing my days and then getting to the end of them feeling drained and frazzled. That’s unavoidable sometimes, but more often than not we can prevent that from happening if we’re intentional.
Say “no” to calendar items that aren’t necessary. Are they important? Are they a commitment you’ve made? Will you regret it if you didn’t go? Just because you have the time doesn’t mean you need to spend it.
Budget your time as carefully as you budget your money (assuming you budget your money… I highly encourage you do). It’s the one resource we can never get back, so lets spend it well.
What will you be cleaning up this spring? I’d love to hear any ideas you have! I’m fully embracing this season change and so excited to dig in ❤