I’ve said this before, but while we spend a lot (probably too much) time thinking about the health of our body, we tend to overlook the toxic elements that build up in our life in general. From your inbox filling up with unwanted newsletters, to the clutter in your home, the apps on your phone, negative thought patterns and too much time spent with people you don’t really love, we all accumulate unhelpful ‘stuff’.
So here’s your 7 day Spring Clean guide to help you free up some space in your mind and your life. You can start whenever, and obviously it doesn’t actually have to be done in Spring – you can do it at any time of year. It may help to choose a set time every day, eg morning before work or evening after supper, as that bit of routine will ensure you find it easier to stick with.
You also may like to do a short meditation or breathwork practice before/after each day’s activity. If you need guidance for this, please do check out my online membership Mindful Moment – there’s a free 7-day trial so you could do that along with your Spring Clean 🙂
Day 1: Clean Out Your Wardrobe
I love the Marie Kondo method when it comes to decluttering. Her book has the full guide – “The life-changing magic of tidying up” – but in short, do the following:
Day 2: Sort Out Your Documents
From bills to insurance and everything in-between, we all accumulate so many papers! Get yourself some good binders, throw all your papers in a pile and start. Discard anything non-important by recycling or using a shredder (if contains sensitive info) and arrange the rest in separate folders sorted by topic. Keep a digital copy of the most important information online somewhere, such as:
Day 3: Detox Your Devices
Attack digital clutter by cleaning up your inbox, documents and apps on your laptop and phone.
Day 4: Choose A Room To De-clutter
In one day it’d be quite hard to do your whole home, however pick a room that needs some extra attention – kitchen, living room, bathroom and then go through through it with a fine tooth comb using the Marie Kondo method. Be ruthless about what stays and what goes. If it doesn’t bring you joy, hasn’t been used in a long time, or won’t serve a clear future purpose, then it’s time to let it go.
Day 5: Detox Your Mind
What negative thoughts, fears, worries or limiting beliefs have you been carrying around for too long? How do you damage yourself with your thoughts?
For a guide on this, see my previous post – Do You Need a Mental Health Detox?
Day 6: Detox Your Habits
Our life is made up of our habits, rituals and routines, so let’s get rid of what’s holding you back… Make a list of all the things you do in a week. Then, ask yourself the following questions:
Your best bet here for sustainable, lasting change is to replace an existing habit with a new one. And don’t overdo it with trying to impact too much change all at once – pick a few habits and make them stick!
Day 7: Clear Out Your Relationships
Whether on social media or in real life: unfollowing toxic people that you know are not good for you will free up tremendous mental space and increase your happiness 10 fold.
Reminder: You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so make sure you’re surrounding yourself with the right people. It’s okay to let go of friendships that no longer serve you. However, it isn’t easy to actively move away from toxic people, if you have any tips on how to do this I’d love to hear them, please do comment below!