When someone mentions Spring Cleaning, you may imagine Martha Stewart beating her rugs and cleaning her windowsills with a toothbrush. Maybe you fantasize about hiring an army of cleaning women to scrub your house from ceiling to baseboard, ridding every space of cobwebs, dust bunnies, and dust. Or, maybe you are imagining me pulling everything out of my closet, dusting the shelves, vacuuming the carpet, and neatly reorganizing it in homage to Mother Nature.
Maybe you are sitting here, wondering as you read this, whether I have a calendar handy to tell me that is actually Fall – not Spring. Actually – I am well aware that we are in the midst of the Fall season, but I’ve discovered that doing a little deep cleaning is a great way ease the transition from season to season while also providing nourishment for my mind, body and soul.
Fall Cleaning can work for you, too. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
For your Mind:
- As you fall clean your home and dig into every nook and cranny you are able to take an inventory and put things where they belong.
- As you fall clean your home, you can make a list of repairs that need to done.
- As you fall clean your home, you can evaluate your rooms for redecorating. A great project for winter when it’s too cold to be outside. (Also, January is typically when most stores run their “white sales” on home goods like linens.)
- A clean house will make you feel more relaxed and provide a better environment for reading, thinking and dreaming.
- Love to throw holiday parties? Put your mind at ease of the last minute hustle and bustle of whipping your house in shape for company by doing it now. When it’s time for your guests, you’ll just need to give the house a lick and a promise.
- Cleaning out closets gives you the opportunity for gift ideas for your loved ones.
- Cleaning out your closet gives you an opportunity to evaluate what you need for winter.
- Donations to Goodwill are tax deductible.
- Hiring someone to help with – or do – some heavy cleaning stimulates the economy.
- While you’re cleaning your physical space, pause to take five minutes to clean your mind with a brain dump.
For Your Body
- Cleaning is good exercise.
- The physical removal of excess items in your life – old computers, clothes that don’t fit, and unused appliances – is even better exercise.
- Think of your fridge as a display box for meals. Having an organized, sanitized, sparkling clean fridge can help you make healthier eating choices.
- Deep cleaning your home frees it from mold, mildew, dust and bugs. These things can wreak havoc on your health, especially with cold and flu season around the corner.
- The removal of excess clutter in your home reduces the chance of household injuries from trips and falls.
For Your Soul
- Stuff has psychic weight. De-cluttering your space to only what you love will make your heart feel lighter.
- When your surroundings are serene, your soul will be able to create.
- Sunlight is precious in the winter months. Fall cleaning will mean your space will embrace sun-kissed air.
- As you prepare for a new season, it allows your soul to shift.
- The holidays are coming – and coming fast! Creating clean, uncluttered spaces allows you to focus on the spiritual side of the season.
- Planning for 2012 is easier to do when you can connect to your heart – instead of being distracted by mess and clutter.
And if deep cleaning your whole home holds no appeal, may I suggest you deep clean – and de-clutter – just three vital spaces?
For your Mind – Clean your desk
This is where you work. This is where you create. Give yourself the gift of clean, uncluttered space. Clean out your drawers. File all your papers. Dust and polish the surfaces. Clean your computer, including your keyboard.
For your Body – Clean Your Kitchen.
Every meal that nourishes you and your family begins here. Stress eating is common for folks, especially during the holiday season. Having a clean, organized kitchen will encourage you to make better choices.
For your Soul – Clean Your Closet.
Every piece of clothing you wear says something about your sense of style. Your sense of style creates your personal brand. Bring your winter clothes to the front of your closet and the summer clothes to the back. Remove everything off of shelves and give them a good dusting. If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it. If it doesn’t fit, toss it. Then when you go to get dressed each day, you have a serene space of items for the amazingly perfect canvas: you.
Too simple? Maybe on the surface. But I can promise you that giving some time and attention to your physical space will work wonders in stepping towards living in the zone. So, what about you? Do you plan to do a little Fall Cleaning?
(Image is “It’s a Fresh Breeze” by Gil Elgren)