Updated: Jul 16, 2019
"Certain environments, certain modes of life, and certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification is one of them." – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I’m going to get a little “woo-woo” for this article in the hopes that the information with either resonate with you or will help you start recognizing how impactful energy is on you and your environment. Energy and clutter both play a role in how you feel, whether you are aware of it or not. Many times, we don’t even recognize how impactful these two things are until we have a health crisis, need to move or experience long periods of time when we feel lethargic or are unable to make decisions.
A few years ago, in the spring, my good friend, Jill Murawski, invited me to her yoga studio to lead a group on Feng Shui and energy. I came up with the name Spring Clean Your Energy (& Your Life). Feng Shui is all about the flow of energy called CHI throughout your home environment which also impacts your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment. You will often hear me reference this as your external environment and your internal environment. Typically, when we make changes to our home through cleaning, organizing, rearranging furniture or decluttering, it can have an extremely beneficial impact on how we feel. This is translated as positive energy. On the flip side, when we allow our homes to get dusty, dirty, over-crowded, cluttered and hold on to things that don’t make us feel good, it can have an extremely detrimental impact on how we feel. This is translated as negative energy.
The point being, it is important to keep the energy positive in your home and one way to do this is through spring cleaning. Can you recall images of your mom, grandmother or great grandmother taking up all the area rugs in the house and beating the dust out of them on the clothesline? Do you remember how they would open up all the windows in the house to get the fresh air circulating? I remember my great grandmother spending several days spring cleaning – the rugs, the windows, the floors, every nook and cranny. I would watch in astonishment as she would spray the windows with vinegar and then wipe them down with the newspaper. I was always amazed that the newsprint never left any residue on the windows and that they came out so sparkling and fresh. I can still recall the smell of vinegar and newspaper mixed together and to this day, I still use apple cider vinegar to clean with.
11 Ways to Spring Clean Your Energy:
1) Take off your shoes in the house. I follow the Asian tradition of removing your shoes when you enter the house. For me, this has two purposes: a) shoes pick up a variety of dirt, germs, bacteria, etc. which does not need to be brought into the home. By removing shoes in the entryway, the house stays clean and b) it is good health practice to be barefoot (or in sock feet). Being barefoot allows your pressure points to be stimulated. When confined in shoes all day, your feet do not have the chance to breathe, stretch and feel. I can’t wait to get home and take my shoes off so my feet can feel better!
2) Open your windows on a regular basis. Allowing fresh air to enter your home has many benefits including helps improve blood pressure, heart rate and digestive system, makes you happier, strengthens your immune system, cleans your lungs, gives you more energy and a sharper mind.
3) Play music. Music circulating through your home helps break up any stuck or stale energy as well as improves mood, regulates emotions, creates happiness and relaxation, reduces stress, lessens anxiety, improves memory, eases pain, provides comfort and improves cognition.
4) Don’t bring anything into the house that you are not positive you want to keep. There are things that we receive from others that may not fit with our current lifestyle. It is ok to accept this item however if you know you do not want it, leave it in the garage or donate it immediately. There is something to be said for the power of giving and the power of receiving however, at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide if you want to keep it or not. Don’t feel obligated to keep something out of responsibility. Give yourself permission to pass it on to someone who may need it or want it.
5) Regularly go through areas of your home and get rid of things that you no longer want, need or are no longer useful. It is good to clean out clothes, towels, kitchen items, food items, medicines, lotions and potions on a frequent basis. We tend to keep so many things that we might use “someday” and when “someday” doesn’t come around, we feel guilty for either holding on to the item too long or throwing it away because we’ve accumulated too much. Stay out of self-deprecation-mode and clear out and clean out often. 6) Take extra time to clean your windows, sills, and tracks – oil or grease your sliding screen door tracks if you have them. You will be amazed at how much better this small task will make you feel. I have my windows professionally cleaned on the outside of my home every year in the spring. I use my great grandmother’s technique of vinegar and newspaper to clean the insides myself; spending extra time on the tracks and sills. I love how the memory of her doing the same things helps me feel grounded and connected. 7) Place a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball and place in your bedroom vent – slipping just between the blades to give a hint of scent. I love lemongrass, vetiver and patchouli. Find the right oil or oil combination for you. The quality of the oils makes a huge difference in the fragrance. Spend a few extra dollars on this important area of self-care. 8) Get a jump start on your garden prep, flower bed clean-up, etc. Take advantage of any sunny, warm days to begin your clean up and prep so that it doesn’t exhaust you doing it all at once. Carefully plan small sections at a time for instant gratification!
9) Rearrange your furniture or decorative accessories. I also do this on a frequent basis. On a rare occasion, I will rearrange my furniture. I have a unique floor plan and I’ve finally gotten my furniture arranged just the way I like it. However, I will remove all my books, decorative accessories, crystals and other items from everywhere in the house. I will place them on my dining table, clean all the bookcases and surfaces and then redistribute in a new way. I do this every spring and/or when I’m feeling like the energy is getting stagnant.
10) Use vinegar to clean with (I use a 50% apple cider vinegar to 50% water). I LOVE this smell. I use it to clean the following areas of my house: countertops, cabinets, tile floors, bathrooms, kitchen and windows. I use BONA floor cleaner for my wooden floors and Liquid Gold for all my wood furniture. Can you tell I LOVE SMELLS!?
11) Finally, brighten up whites (towels, socks, t-shirts, etc.) with this DIY bleach alternative: ¼ C lemon juice ¾ C hydrogen peroxide 7 C water Combine all ingredients in a container. Use 3 – 4 C per load and wash in HOT water. Repeat (without drying) until you have achieved your desired results. This brightens, whitens and freshens up (yes, I use that terminology quite often...lol) even the dingiest items.
Even if you only implement ONE of the above items, it will contribute to cleaning your energy and helping you feel better. I’ve learned that there are certain times of the year when I need that extra energy boost and coming out of the winter; dark, rainy and cold days to get ready for spring is really important to me. Now that we have changed our timeclocks forward, our days will be longer, full of more sunshine and opportunities to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. Anything we can to help the energy and air flow through our homes and through ourselves, will be the best things we can do physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and energetically.
I’ve included a few affirmations for you to use when spring cleaning this season:
I am a work in progress. My home (or office) is work in process. I accept the decisions I have made in the past that have brought me to where I am today. I will support myself as I start on this path of change. Every minute/hour/day I have another chance to make a different choice. I am proud of the things I am doing to make a difference in my life and the lives of those I love. And, finally, remember MAINTENANCE IS PROGRESS!!!
Wake up in the morning and feel anything is possible!
Living a life full of light, joy and inspiration is possible,
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