If you are like me, spring comes along and you find that impulse to shake off the dust from your belongings, your environment and in your body! Here’s some no fuss tips on doing the spring clean up … which are for the most part free!!
- Drink water. Almost all your metabolic processes require water. Subtle chronic dehydration can put the brakes on your body’s ability to move fluids, eliminate waste and even create energy. Just simple water will do, avoid having to have something flavored, or electrolyte with each of your drink. Guzzle down some refreshing cold water and feel the way it invigorates every cell in your body. You don’t need to aim for a certain amount, but if you feel chronically tired, hazy in the mind or achy, try adding a few full glasses of water to your daily routine.
- Get outside. Feel the breeze on your skin, the sun in your face. Expose yourself to the elements at least once a day. Feel refreshingly chilled, even for a minute or two. Take that fresh air and breath it in to the very bottoms of your lungs, exhale every last bit out and repeat. Watch the buds on the trees and shrubs start to push their way into being and revel in that young bud energy.
- Get rid of stuff!! I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (available at amazon ) by Marie Kondo (check out her website). I won’t spoil this great read, which I highly recommend but it challenged my typically yearly purging. Without giving too much away, one of the important methods of detoxifying one’s environment through decluttering that Kondo espouses is to distinguish in what you currently own, what “sparks joy” ie what you really like. This is different then how I normally purge, the “do I need this?”. I followed her instruction for the methodology on how to go through your items, which she details in her book and asked myself if each item sparked joy. It took me a few hours to go through all of my clothes and I was left with a skeleton crew of a closet. Interestingly these were only the clothes I ever wore. I never really wore the clothes that I didn’t really enjoy. So in the end I ended up with my routine wardrobe and a euphoric sense of lightness that only comes with decluttering and donating to such organizations as: The Calgary drop in center and the Women in Need Society. Next I tackle books…wish me luck!
How do you declutter?? What are some of your spring-cleaning tips? Or, what hasn’t worked? Let us know by leaving a comment and sharing with our community of readers.
Happy Spring Cleaning!!
Dr. Sarah Kent is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in your health. She blends traditional knowledge with current scientiﬁc understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.