When we think of Spring cleaning, normally our minds focus on a bit of dusting here and there, throwing away a few old items, and possibly making room for new items, or even new decor. Truly, this is definitely what Spring Cleaning is all about, however, Spring cleaning with focus and intention is much more effective.
I can remember watching a reality television show years ago which featured people who lived in mounds of clutter, junk, and even trash with no thought to have a lifestyle change. As loved ones and counselors attempted to intervene, it became apparent that each subject that was featured on the show had deeply rooted emotional issues that manifested into hoarding, living in trash, and refusing to let go of old, useless junk. While the show clearly shocks its viewers, these sorts of things happen massively in "real life", not just on television. One truth is, all of us have very deeply rooted emotional dealings that causes us to act in certain ways in our present. Another truth is that our deeply rooted emotional dealings have great potential to appear in the physical.
It's safe to say that those hoarders on television could benefit greatly from some focused Spring cleaning, and though many of us may not live in extreme clutter as the people on that television show, we could all benefit from it as well. While on your Spring cleaning journey, here are three major things to note so that your process is productive and effective!
3 Keys to Productive Spring Cleaning
If we examine our space carefully during this year's Spring Cleaning sessions, we should begin by asking ourselves why we are Spring cleaning. What is it that we are looking to get accomplished? More space? A fresh start? Minimalism? After determining this, the Spring cleaning process will be a smoother and more productive one.
Consider What Energy Does Certain Items Bring.
Ask yourself also how and why any clutter or hoarding characteristics has come about. Sometimes, we have emotional attachments to certain items, which is not necessarily a bad thing. When dealing with items that are still in your possession due to emotional attachments, the only question to ask yourself is "how does this make me feel?" or "what memories does this items bring up?" Obviously pleasant and positive memories and feelings should be most welcome.
Consider the Representation of Your Clutter.
What does certain items represent? While it may be difficult to determine at first, it is worth looking at with an open mind. For example, if you find countless bags during your cleaning, it could represent carrying baggage. Or, empty/half empty bottles and containers could be a representation of longing for more of what was. Pay attention to your patterns, storage, collections, and junk, it can tell you plenty about self.
Tell me about some of your Spring Cleaning methods in the comments.