11 April 2017

Spring Cleaning: Heart and Home

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I have been on a journey to be the best version of myself.  I have been working on my health and taking the time to really listen to how my body responds to nutrition, water, exercise and stress.  I have learned so much and am finding myself in one of the best places I have been in for years.  It's not a complete redo, but it is definitely a make over!

While I have been reading about a "spring clean of my soul" I have also been thinking of the spring cleaning of my home.  One of my favorite book series, the Little House books, often talks about taking everything out of the house, cleaning everything and then bringing everything back in.  Thank goodness we don't have to do that any more, but it is a time to change the the batteries on the smoke detector, sort the clothes we no longer wear, and get ready for your neighborhood's annual garage sale.  Getting rid of clutter is the prime focus of many books, my favorite being The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and feels so amazing!  My dear friend also found this process of throwing    Decluttering your home is important, but also declutter your life.  What projects are you involved in that isn't your heart?  What things should you pass on to someone else who might need the chance to shine?  Make a commitment to examine your commitments and pass the one(s) that aren't priority to some one else.

I am also always eager to freshen up my decor.  I often see what I don't like, instead of looking at the good bones.  So when evaluating your decor (whether that is home or heart) remember to look at the good structure and enhance it!  New pillows for a great sofa?  A different color of candle with a spring scent?  Refocusing energy to those activities where you really shine?  Do what gives you energy, not what saps what energy you have!

For me, I cannot have a routine!  I guess my routine is to not have a routine.  I need to mix it up or I get easily bored.  My dad always told my sister and me that we were in charge of our own entertainment.  There was no reason ever to be bored.  If you find that you need a change, look at what you can tweak to create more interest or what you need to totally revamp.  Even the smallest change will help you feel better!

Enjoy your spring!  Watch the flowers bloom, the birds dart around and the showers of April.  The trees start to blossom and baby animals are all around.  While appreciating all the benefits of spring, consider if you are giving that same appreciation to the people in your life.  I like to share my treats with my neighbors, write notes to my husband, and call my mom at unexpected times.  These little pleasures that come from your home also brighten your heart.

I was inspired by an article I saw in the St. Charles StreetScape magazine, written by Nikki Peters.