Declutter To Reinvent: Cat Coluccio
Spring cleaning can be viewed as a pivotal annual undertaking that helps rejuvenate your home and life.
It’s almost like you are emerging from hibernation. And the act of cleaning your surroundings and decluttering unnecessary items helps create a feeling of freshness and anticipation for the new season. For many people though, this ritual of spring cleaning can feel like a real drag. Who needs extra chores when life is busy enough?
Stay with me though, as once you realise the part that mindfulness can play in your spring cleaning processes. When that happens, you’ll want to learn how to stay present, become focused, and more importantly, start to actually enjoy the process! Read on to explore why mindfulness matters in spring cleaning.
“When decluttering, you can ask yourself if the item brings joy..”
Mindfulness Enhances Awareness and Attention:
Cleaning can feel like an overwhelming task. And it’s easy to switch to autopilot mode and go through the motions without paying attention. When you are intentionally mindful, however, you stay present and in the moment. This enables you to notice things that you might otherwise have overlooked.
Whether it’s a dusty corner, a stain on the curtain, or a forgotten item in the closet, mindfulness helps you pay attention to little details that you could easily of missed, making your spring cleaning so much more effective.
Decluttering With Mindfulness Helps You Let Go Of Unnecessary Items:
One purpose of spring cleaning is to declutter and let go of things that no longer serve you. Yet it can often be difficult to part with things that evoke memories or have sentimental attachments.
Practicing mindfulness enables you to observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment. This makes it easier to let go of unnecessary items. When decluttering, you can ask yourself if the item brings joy, (a la Marie Kondo) serves a practical purpose or if it’s just gathering dust. Mindful thinking helps you to make an informed decision and let go of things without feeling guilty or regretful.
Mindfulness Helps You Enjoy The Process:
Spring cleaning can be an arduous and lengthy task. Being mindful, however, can help reduce any anxiety and stress that can come with the process. Decluttering with mindfulness involves being present, and focusing on the task at hand. It demands accepting the current moment.
“When you clean, take the time to reflect on the things you have achieved..”
By enjoying each moment of the process, instead of focusing on the end result, you can surprise yourself with your level of productivity. And, how enjoyable each cleaning task becomes.
Spring cleaning can be a reminder of how fortunate you are to have a home and belongings to maintain. Practicing mindfulness decluttering enables you to appreciate and be grateful for the things you possess as it helps shift your focus away from what you don’t have. When you clean, take the time to reflect on the things you have achieved, the memories you have created, the people in your world, and lean into that feeling of gratitude for the life you have.
Mindfulness Creates A Sense Of Gratitude:
In conclusion, intentionally practicing mindfulness during your spring cleaning can help you stay present, enhance your awareness and attention, let go of unnecessary items, enjoy the process and create a sense of gratitude. By incorporating mindfulness into your cleaning routine, you can create a more peaceful and enjoyable experience.
Instead of being a chore to dread, your Spring cleaning will now become a form of meditation that transforms your physical space while helping you start the new season mentally and emotionally refreshed.
About the Author:
Cat Coluccio is a qualified Educator, Personal Trainer and Life Coach – and a champion of midlife women. She is the host of the Rocking Midlife® Community and Podcast, and the author of a number of books, including 21 Hacks to ROCK your Midlife. Join my FREE 30 Day Love your Home Decluttering Challenge for 30 days of email prompts to help you fall in love with your home once more!
Cat is passionate about helping midlife women create fulfilling and purposeful lives yet understands how challenging it can feel to consider reinvention when your world is already so incredibly full. Hence she firmly believes that the first step to building the life that you desire in your next season, is to declutter and create space right now – be that physically, mentally or digitally.
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