By: Bailey G.
Long time no see, Ramblers!
I took a much needed week off, sunning it up in Jamaica with the Gannett family. It was absolutely breathtaking and 100% needed to get me back in the right mindset to tackle Spring head on.
Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year. In the corporate world, we’re wrapping up Quarter One, and in the school world, the spring semester is coming to a finale. It’s time for that final push before summer, a rebirth so-to-speak of your best you. And “Spring Cleaning” can mean much more than revitalizing your closest! As you blossom alongside the flowers and embrace the warmer days to come, spring is the perfect time to declutter your life.
Start with Reflection
First on the Spring cleaning list is to assess where you’re at currently. In the work world, this means tracking analytics and strategies to compare what is working and what is still a pain point. You can do this in your personal life as well! For me, I often will look back through my bullet journal or planner (learn more about those here), to reflect on the previous months and what I feelings I dealing with at the time.
If you don’t have a bullet journal, use a piece of paper to write out a list of what went well, what goals you accomplished, what was a challenge, and what you’d like to accomplish in the next season. Also write down the things you have to do in the upcoming months, be it work projects, personal projects, or events.
Physically writing it on a piece paper will help to retain that to memory and clear out any distractions that might stem from a phone or a computer. Ask yourself, what are you proud of? What were the highlights of Winter? What struggles are you carrying over to the next season and how can you eliminate them?
The reflection period also applies to literal spring cleaning. Go through your closet, your kitchen, and bedroom to determine what useless clutter has built up over the last three months and what you can do away with. I recommend binging the Marie Kondo method on Netflix if you need help decluttering your physical valuables.
Create a Schedule with Frequent Checkpoints
After you have reflected on your goals and where you would like to be by summer, it’s time to physically plan that out in your calendar/planner/or reminders on your phone. This can manifest as positive quotes that you set to remind you on days that you’re leering from your goals, or it can be literally scheduling in time for things such as workouts, cleaning, or mindfulness ‘me-time.’
I find that literally scheduling out things ahead of time in my calendar helps me to not only stick with them, but keep anything else from taking precedence over that. For example, I always schedule my workouts a week in advance, as well as social activities if I know of them to give me something to look forward to.
I also recommend creating a time for “check points” on where you at with your goals, strategies, and life throughout the next season. Perhaps it is 10 minutes every Sunday like I do, or maybe every few weeks you sit back down with that piece of paper to ensure you’re staying organized. Check points will help hold you accountable!
Make it Fun
Spring cleaning, or ‘decluttering’ as I prefer, doesn’t have to be boring. Breaking it into smaller bite size pieces helps it seem more manageable. But you can also make it fun! Bring in a friend to help you clear out your closest or hold you to your workout routine. Incorporating friends into your goals and plans for the next season will help you stay accountable and make those mindfulness practices of cleaning/exercising/working seem less tedious.
Additionally, I promise you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated after taking the time to check in with yourself and declutter not only your house, but your personal life as well. Remember, we are barely 4 months into 2019, there is still a majority of the year left to be the person you want to be!
Happy Springtime, Ramblers! Let me know your decluttering process goes.