With Spring just around the corner (although currently it is 1c so I have no idea what’s going on), it’s time to start thinking about packing away our winter woolies and retiring our blanket mountains to their home in the airing cupboard.
Yes that right, it’s time for the yearly spring clean – the moment we wipe away the previous twelve months and really get ready for the next four seasons and THE REST OF OUR LIVES (….too much?).
Houses will be filled with flowers, fresh scents will escape all diffusers and the world will start to feel a little bright brighter and a little bit lighter. It’s easy to spring clean the physical things around us. But how do we spring clean ourselves?
Maybe it comes with the physical. I find personally that knowing I won’t be shivering under layer upon layer of clothing immediately makes me feel happier. And seeing my bed with just one light duvet on it is always a good thing too.
I also like the thought of new music. Remember my post about disco in Stockholm and how important travel playlists are? I think they are equally as important in renewing the soul. Spring calls for fun, for the new and exciting. So why not find some new music to put a (literal) spring in our step too?
Cleansing is another obvious one. I recently got a little in to “juicing” and I have to say, it really did help. There’s nothing quite like a big fat zing of ginger to wake you up in the morning!
And with cleansing comes reflection. It’s so easy to get swept up in day to day life with busyness, chaos and general commitments. Spring is a great time to just allow a breather every now and again. To let yourself pause and feel refreshed. And then keep going. On my way to work this morning I got hit in the face by a beautiful stream of light between some trees and for that split second everything stopped and I felt all warm and yes I couldn’t see but it was…bliss?!
Perhaps the best, and most obvious, way to spring clean is to literally clean. And that comes with water, water, water. In every way. Whether you’re taking it in (at least 8 cups a day peeps!), splashing about in it (swimming is super therapeutic, as is jumping in puddles) or letting it out (feels your feel gurrl, have a cry!). Water is, ultimately, a life saver, giver and changer.
I also heard about this book recently and it really struck a chord with me. The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan is her personal story of a year long promise she made with herself to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever life threw at her in those 12 months.
And I know what you’re thinking…it’s gotta be easier said than done, right? Probably. But hey, what better way to find out than to try it ourselves!
We have a bright shiny new season, a brand new year and a new way of living right in our fingertips. How’s that for spring cleaning?
Let’s do this!