For the first time ever, I have embarked on a Staycation. Finally home after six months of travel that had me on the road more often than not, I am luxuriating in the relief of not having to get on a plane for the next few months. While I wait for some bigger projects to take shape, I find myself irresistibly drawn to cleaning and purging. I’ve been spending long hours going through old boxes in the basement, cleaning out drawers, shampooing carpets, and shredding years of old financial documents. The sheer volume of things I’ve accumulated over these many years of adulthood have become an unwelcome weight, and I want to feel lighter, more nimble, less acquisitive. With each box I get rid of, each bag of stuff put aside for Goodwill, I feel more spaciousness in my life.
Which is not to say that I haven’t inherited my parents’ depression-era desire to keep the mangiest of things “just in case” they’re ever needed. I fight against this tendency with every used notebook, every pair of ripped garden gloves I let go of. Yet when I can release it, I know I’m opening the space for something better to enter my life.
It seems to be a near-universal tendency at this time of year for a deep clean as the seasons change and we emerge from winter hibernation mode. And being one who believes that the outer reflects the inner, I’m also drawn to examine what it might be that can use some spring cleaning on the inside. What do I want to I tidy up in the way I show up in the world?
Where does your spring cleaning take you?