5 Steps To Spring Cleaning Our Life

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Even though it's starting to look like summer, we are still enjoying the abundance of spring. And with spring comes spring cleaning! I have been on a big kick lately of cleaning out the garage, our little house, the trash left on our property when we moved in, and the products we use in our home. It's really a simple yet profound concept - back to the basics.

Here are some ways we've been spring cleaning different areas of our life:

*Decluttering. If that sounds intimidating, just pick 5-10 items each day that you don't use or like or want, and get rid of it. We are always adding to the pile in the garage for a yard sale... It consists of nearly 3/4 of the items in our garage! It feels so good to be getting rid of stuff, yet we still have more to go. We cleaned through our closets, and now need to go through knick knacks in the tiny house. (If you are still on the fence, watch the show Hoarding: Buried Alive, and try telling me afterward you want to keep everything in your house!)

*Buying wholesome. I've been looking more and more at the labels of items, rather than just the price. It makes a big difference. This includes dog and cat food, laundry detergent, body wash and shampoos, and even looking at where our clothes are made. In fact, I have something exciting to share about this soon!

*Slowing down. This basically means that we don't overplan our days and weeks. We hardly plan them at all. Specifically it means that we only have a handful of places to go and leave the rest to come. This creates less stress, more time comfortable at home, freeplay outside, etc. Just knowing there isn't anything planned is freeing because you aren't caught up in trying to keep it. So we read, play, fish, walk, paint, just simply enjoy our "free time"!

*Nutrition. This includes looking specifically at labels and ingredients in daily vitamins and buying whole foods, rather than microwaveable quick meals. Yet, this can also include buying smart: frozen veggies, fruit or meals from wholesome brands to steam, fresh produce on sale, etc. I stick to the necessities and try to get as much fresh as we can. This is where the frozen veggies & fruit come in handy for daily smoothies!

*Know Your Yes. To me, this little phrase means to know what (+why) you are saying yes or no to, and don't respond a certain way just to please or for the sake of. Make smart decisions about what activities you agree to or what place you agree to go to lunch during your break. Not just for the sake of it, but thoughtfully: does this take away time or resources from something more important? does this benefit my physical, emotional, spiritual wellbeing? does this contribute to x, y, and z as I'm told? will this build me up or tear me down?

There are many more ways to simplify different areas of your life into the kind that you are excited about... Don't get stuck in the day to day mundane. There is no reason to! If something isn't right, there is never a better time than now to change that. This list of mine is just a start. it is by no means extensive..... And I know in this learning of slow living there is more to come!

I wonder... what would you add to this list?

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