Spring Cleaning Your Life
Back in college, I would start spring break each year by doing a day-long deep cleaning of my entire house. Now that I don’t get a traditional spring break, I don’t really indulge in the same kind of annual cleaning bender – but that’s not to say that I’ve let go of spring cleaning altogether! Now that the days are getting longer, I find that I have more energy to do little chores here and there. Last week I spent an hour wiping down all of the blinds in my apartment after work and before I started cooking dinner. A few days later, I dusted and reorganized my bookshelves. Even if it doesn’t take place all at once, I find that engaging in spring cleaning helps me feel on top of things and productive in other areas of my life. I really do believe in the phrase “a cluttered room is a cluttered mind” and notice that the more time I take to clean my physical space, the more focus and clarity I have in the other things I do.
This year as I was reorganizing, I found myself thinking about which books I could donate or get rid of to free up some space and which ones I wanted to read or re-read. Thinking about my books then made me think about other ways I could spend my time productively. Instead of always watching reruns of “Below Deck” before bed, I could check out some of the documentaries I’ve been wanting to get around to, or instead of always listening to the radio when I’m in the car maybe I could listen to a podcast. I realized how much time I spend on things I don’t really care about and how much more productive I could be if I organized my time like I was organizing my bookshelf. Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be for your space – you can also spring clean your life!
Here are 3 WAYS to Spring Clean this year:
1. Focus on your priorities.
For me, this was reprioritizing how I spend my free time. You could also prioritize your daily wants and needs intentionally to accomplish necessary tasks AND enjoy the things that are the most important to you. Use to-do lists to help you organize – from work tasks, to chores, to even keeping track of fun things to do! If to-do lists aren’t your thing, try fun post-it reminders on your mirror, voice messages to yourself, or using an accountabilibuddy. Find what works for you!
2. Organize your emails, intentionally.
I have a series of folders where I file every email I get as soon as I respond to it or address it. That way, I know that everything left in my inbox is something that needs my attention. I have friends and coworkers who use tags or flags to organize their inbox in a way that is helpful for them, or mark emails as unread when they still need to be followed up on. There are many different methods for cleaning up an email inbox, but having a system of organization can help keep your inbox – and your mind – decluttered.
3. Remember your health.
Spring cleaning your life can also come with health benefits. There are many different mindfulness practices that can easily add some clarity and organization to your daily life and improve your productivity, mental clarity, and mental health. Cleaning up your diet with intentional food choices is another great option. There are so many great spring recipes that take advantage of fresh and healthy ingredients – spring is the perfect time to take an intentional approach to your food choices.
Spring cleaning is all about tidying up, getting rid of old messes, and creating space for new things that inspire you. Whether you’re cleaning your desk or your to-do list, take some time to say, “out with the old and in with the new!”. You just might be surprised by how much some re-evaluated priorities or a reorganized email inbox can improve your productivity!
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*Meet the Author*
Morgan is the Program Coordinator for Leadership Inspirations. He has a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies and an M.A. in Leadership Development from Chapman University.
Favorite quote: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end” – John Lennon
Fun facts: 1) I once trained my pet goldfish to play basketball 2) When I was little I wanted to be a Disneyland parking attendant 3) I’m a big Justin Timberlake fan