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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Clean Your Life

The Top Ten Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to be limited to your home or office. The change of the seasons provides a great time for an overall spring-cleaning for your life.

1. Dust away the relationships that no longer serve you

If there is a relationship that has become draining or even toxic, now is the time to clean house. Dust away those people in your life that bring you down or at the very least hold you back. Negative energy is difficult to combat. It is better to let go of those that are not contributing positively, or at the very least limit your contact with them, and bring in some fresh new friends.

2. Trash those nasty habits

We all have them, a habit or two that simply isn’t contributing to our lives. Pick one of those habits and get rid of it. This won’t happen overnight. This is a spring-cleaning project, but just working on getting rid of the habit will be a step in the right direction.

3. Clean up the old credit report

Several of my clients have been shocked when they were turned down for a loan or refinancing because of their credit reports. When they checked into it, they discovered items that were not even theirs or ones that should have been removed years before on there credit report. Now is a great time to clean up that credit report and make sure it is bright and shiny.

4. Freshen up your space

Spring is a great time to rejuvenate your space. This doesn’t have to be costly. Simply move furniture for a more pleasing arrangement and store anything that reminds you of winter.

This would be a great time to bring some positive chi into your space with a little Feng Shui. A great resource is the book by Karen Carter, "Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life." You can get the first chapter of the book by visiting her website.

Get rid of anything you don’t love in your home or office. Clutter on the outside is simply a reflection of what is going on inside of you.

5. Create a Fun Fund

Put a little back each week for something special, like a fun vacation or day at the spa. Make a commitment not to touch the money until you have enough saved for the treat, and enjoy the process and fun of anticipation.

6. Give it back

If you have borrowed something from anyone, now is the time to give it back. Anything that doesn’t belong to you, such as those overdue library books and the shoes from your best friend, needs to go back.

7. Spring into action

Is there something that you have wanted to do, but haven’t made the time for? Well, spring into action and get to work. There is no time like the present to begin turning your goals into reality.

8. Dust off those dreams

Now is also a great time to dust off those dreams and begin to refocus on what is most important to you. We can get so bogged down in the day-to-day stuff that we can forget what our dreams are. Now is the time to clear the space and begin creating your dreams.

9. Freshen up

We can all get stuck in a rut. Now is a great time to freshen up your look, be it a new hairstyle or new addition to our wardrobe. This doesn’t have to be an overhaul; perhaps just a few additions of something in a new spring color will help add that touch of new to your look.

10. Breathe

Spring brings with it a freshness that is exhilarating. Practice deeply breathing in the fresh spring air, clear your lungs and your mind. Deep breathing will help you clean out the cobwebs in your mind and give you a fresh new perspective.


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