Don’t the days feel different now, with the light filling the evenings, and the snow melting away (if you have snow)? This is such an expansive time of year!
Spring is also the epitome of a New Beginning! Soon birds will be returning from their winter homes, buds will be bursting, windows thrown open, and gardens planted.
Part of making a new beginning involves clearing away the old. It’s a task that can easily be neglected when life is busy – and one that only builds up and gets more difficult as time goes on.
Whenever you go through a transition, if you don’t address the old, as well as the new, you will be adding to the clutter in your life. This can be either mental clutter or the kind of clutter that you can trip over as you cross your bedroom. Either way, clutter is going to impede your efforts to move forward in your life. You may think that leaving it saves you time … but in the long run, it does not.
I recently came across a very helpful post on Michele Connolly’s Get Organized Wizard blog. It’s a Tweet Digest of “Simplify Life Tips” that I found very interesting and practical. My two favorites this morning are:
Ready Donation Box
Keep a donation box or bag somewhere handy. Any time you see something you don’t love or use – in it goes! Soon downsizing will be a habit.
Don’t Bring in the Mail
Open snail mail over your recycle bin. Ditch everything except for those items you need to (a) action (b) file (c) cancel.
Do you have spring rituals (or daily rituals) that help you transition from the old to the new? How do you let go and avoid clutter as you move through your days? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear your ideas!
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