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Your 4 Step Guide to the Ultimate Life Spring Clean

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Your 4 Step Guide to the Ultimate Life Spring Clean

As winter fades away and the world around us starts to blossom, there’s a natural urge to freshen things up and start anew. A spring clean isn’t just about tidying up our physical spaces; it’s also the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at our lives and make some positive changes.

Instead of just cleaning out closets and dusting off shelves, let’s explore how we can declutter our minds, refresh our habits, and nurture our relationships. Join us as we embark on a down-to-earth journey toward a more balanced, fulfilling life this spring. We hope you love this guide we’ve thoughtfully put together for you!

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Why spring cleaning your life is a life reset

Spring cleaning your life can be likened to hitting the “reset” button on your entire existence. Here’s why:

1. Renewed Focus

Just as clearing out clutter from your home creates physical space, decluttering your life creates mental space. This mental clarity allows you to refocus your energy on what truly matters to you, whether it’s personal growth, career aspirations, or nurturing relationships.

2. Fresh Start

Spring is often associated with new beginnings and growth in nature. Similarly, spring cleaning your life offers a fresh start—a chance to leave behind old habits, negative patterns, and stale routines. It’s an opportunity to approach life with renewed enthusiasm and optimism.

3. Increased Productivity

By eliminating distractions and streamlining your priorities, you can boost your productivity and effectiveness. With a clear sense of purpose and direction, you can make better decisions and take proactive steps towards achieving your goals.

The groundwork for your holistic spring clean

Before diving in, take some time for introspection. Reflect on the different areas of your life—such as relationships, career, health, and personal growth—and assess what’s working well and what could use improvement. Consider your values, priorities, and long-term goals to guide your decision-making.

Clarify your intentions for spring cleaning your life. What do you hope to achieve through this process? Whether it’s finding more balance, cultivating greater self-care, or pursuing new opportunities, having a clear vision will help guide your actions.

Decluttering and rearranging is an opportunity to redesign your life, so you will want to be clear on how you want your life to look and feel first!

Your spring clean intentions

Before we cover the practical action steps to get your life in order. Alongside action, it can feel really supportive to have intentions.

Intentions underlie action, and feed the way in which you do things. Here are some spring clean intentions to help you get the most out of this process.

Letting go of the past

Spring cleaning your life also means letting go of any emotional baggage or past resentments that may be holding you back. Practice forgiveness, both for others and for yourself, and focus on moving forward with a clean slate.

Embracing change

Be open to change and growth. Spring is a season of transformation, and by embracing new opportunities and experiences, you can cultivate a sense of renewal and excitement for the future.

We highly recommend making space for change mentally by inviting more moments of stillness into your day, and potentially exploring a meditation practice. Check out our post about stillness as a wellness essential and how to start meditating.

 

4 action steps to master your spring clean

We have broken down your life spring clean into 4 key steps, broken down into home, habits, relationships, and goals. Let’s go!

 

1. Decluttering your home

There’s a reason why so many of us declutter our homes in spring – it feels SO good. Your physical environment sends cues to your brain triggering routine thoughts and thought patterns.

For instance, every time you see the plate set you were gifted by a loved one and never use, you may feel a pang of guilt and stress as you don’t use it, and don’t want to keep it, but feel as if you can’t let it go. Get rid of it, and you can stop this cycle once a for all.

Another example: that dress that just does not fit the way you thought it was. Everytime you put it on, if you ever do, you are reminded why you don’t like the way it looks and maybe you even criticise your body. It never makes it out the house. Get rid of it.

Set aside time to clean and organize your home, office, or any other spaces where clutter tends to accumulate. Get rid of items you no longer need or use, and create systems to maintain a clutter-free environment going forward.

Step-by-step guide to spring cleaning

1. Assess what you have

Whether what you are decluttering is physical or not, you will want to assess exactly what you have. It has been proven ineffective to try sorting clutter without pulling it all out first, because you end up keeping things that are weighing you down without you realising.

To get a clear picture of what you have, get everything out in the open – whether that’s pulling your clothes out your wardrobe or writing in your journal.

Once you know what you have, you can move onto the next step

2. Make the selection of what you want to keep

This is your opportunity to design your new life.

What clothes do you feel best in? Which relationships feel the most nourishing? Which playlists uplift you, and which actually make you feel more stressed?

From a wardrobe declutter to a digital declutter, removing what is clogging up space in your life is going to transform the way you feel, and the way your life looks. This is a great guide to help you with your digital declutter.

I even decluttered my digital photos. After years of wanting to do this, I finally took the leap and over the space of a few weeks and about 20 minutes a day, I deleted thousands of photos and got all my photos into one online place (a safe, digital cloud). Now, I just have to maintain it by decluttering recent photos every so often. We highly recommend this, it feels great.

3. Decide how you are going to let the rest go

For material things, you’ll need to responsibly dispose of items you no longer want. There’ll be lots of things you can sell, so if you have the time and motivation don’t miss out on that! You can use community groups and apps like Olio to give things away for free too.

I love to take digital copies of any paper work that’s hanging around so that I can recycle the material copies. Make sure you give your digital files some attention too!

If you are struggling with the disposal part of this process, this post may help you. ‘The Best Strategies For Getting Rid of Your Stuff After Decluttering‘ is bound to have some game changing tips for you.

 

2. Refreshing habits

The way you spend your time is another HUGE consituent of your life, alongside your home.

Identify habits that no longer serve you well and replace them with healthier alternatives. This could mean dropping that HIIT class you’ve hated going to for the last 4 months, no longer allowing yourself to open Instagram when you climb into bed for the night (we recommend deleting the app your phone until you intentially wish to check it again), swapping that convienience snack you go-to but feels horrid in your tummy, etc.

Take an inventory of all the ways you routinely spend your time, and make sure it is really feeling good. Try not to do things out of obligation. Sometimes we mean well for ourselves or others, but actually at the root, it isn’t aligned. An example is that I forced myself to do long morning routines include an extensive morning meditation for many years, and was chronically sleep deprived.

When I eventually dropped this, I felt more emotionally stable and found myself picking up hobbies I used to love such as swimming. And, when I did meditate, the meditations were deeper and better!

 

3. Nurturing relationships

We have covered material things, and habits. Now is time to cover the topic of relationships.

It would be a bit brutal to apply the same language to the former two areas as we would to relationships. No need to chuck anyone out (unless there is).

Instead, evaluate your relationships and invest time and energy in those that are positive and supportive. Communicate openly, express gratitude, and make an effort to connect with loved ones on a deeper level.

When you are living your best life and loving deeply, the people that are not in the interest of your highest good will fall away naturally.

 

4. Setting Goals

AMAZING – your home is clean, clear and spacious. You love everything you see. You’ve probably pieced together some amazing new outfits, and are finding it easier to do the things you want to.

You’re spending quality times with your loved ones, and are feeling more relaxed and that you have more time on your hands. Now it is time for the last step of your life spring clean – setting goals.

Spring is a great time to reassess your goals and aspirations. Set new objectives for yourself, both short-term and long-term, and create a plan to work towards them. This could involve career goals, personal development, or lifestyle changes.

 

Now enjoy!

Now that you’ve purged anything that wastes your time, or reminds you of a version of you that isn’t who you are anymore, you will be feeling SO much better, and it is time to thoroughly enjoy the new life you’ve created.

Enjoy the newfound sense of spaciousness that you have created. For some of us, sometimes, it can actually feel a little uncomfortable! You have left your old shell behind, and it will take sometime to settle into your new one, but it is SO worth it. Now you have lots of space to grow into, and are so excited for you.

P.S. Find out how you can adapt your self-care routine for spring from our seasonal wellness post!

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