Out with the Old, In with the New: Spring Cleaning Edition

By previous writer Lianne Figueroa

New Year’s Eve and birthdays are not the only times for goal setting and reinventing yourself. There’s another perfect time for reflecting and cleansing: Spring.

When some of us hear the term “Spring cleaning” we initially think of cleaning out our closet spaces and getting rid of clothes, shoes, and bags we no longer use. But what if you take this time to think of it from a deeper perspective?

True, there is nothing better than the feeling of a clean house or apartment. But, what about an equally organized state of being? Spring is also a great time to clear out space within our hearts and minds. Let’s get rid of all the clutter we’ve left lingering for months and even years.

It’s time we let go of feelings we’ve been harvesting over our exes or friendships that have gone sour. A lot of us need to let go of the fact that certain situationships never turned into relationships with people we knew were no good for us.

(Read More: “The Art of Letting Go”)

Maybe it seemed fitting to hold onto certain grudges between friends because we might have felt as though those memories served as reminders to stay strong. But that’s old news now, like those people you know you shouldn’t be hitting up again. It is time to come to terms with reality, release the bad, and make space for newer, better memories with other people.

Read More: (“Let Go of Bad Friends and Choose Yourself”)

The same way we grow out of certain shirts and sweaters, or the way our all-time favorite pair of jeans don’t hug us in the right places anymore, we grow apart from people in our lives, and it’s okay, but it doesn’t make sense to keep old things in our closet forever, let alone our minds.

Part of growing means moving on, and everyone will eventually understand your efforts to do so. And if they don’t, that’s okay too. Everyone can’t come along on the spiritual journey.

This isn’t a bad thing—actually it’s a great thing. The best part about this is the fresh feeling we get from ridding ourselves of  things that no longer serve us. You’ll gain a sense of freedom from knowing you made the decision on your own, without anyone forcing you or putting pressure on you.

But, most importantly, you’ll free yourself of an unwanted load and gain clarity in the process, which is what matters most. The same way flowers take time to bloom again in the Spring, we too can renew with an improved state of mind.

So here are some tips to get you started with a Spring cleanse:

Delete screenshots, old text messages, and contacts from your phone that you do not need.

Sort through people on social media and unfollow those you have no reason to keep in contact with, or those who make you feel bad about yourself.

Shred old receipts/papers you no longer need as well as outdated magazines.

Throw away old makeup, dirty or empty products, and broken brushes.

Get rid of dried up nail polish and expired hair products. Restock whatever is needed!

Get a haircut/trim!

Donate any clothes and footwear that you no longer wear, but are still in good condition; throw away those that aren’t.

Delete any apps on your phone that you rarely use.

Start switching out your Spring clothes and putting some of the winter ones away—this will definitely improve your mood.

Sort through your music apps and delete songs you no longer listen to as frequently.  Download new albums/playlists in their place.

After you’ve gone through this checklist, make sure you take a moment to breathe in and out, and give yourself some credit. Even if it is in baby steps, making an effort to accomplish this goal of reinvention and cleansing is better than no effort at all.

What are you doing to get ready for springtime? Let us know in the comments below!

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