Spring Cleaning Is My Therapy
Spring break is fast approaching and my “to do” list is getting full. I am so excited about all of the things I get to do during that glorious week of freedom from school, lesson plans and routine. However, my spring break plans are quite different than most. Oh sure I will make time to do some fun things with my teenage son (if he lets me) but what excites me most about spring break is cleaning! I am a tad bit obsessive compulsive when it comes to cleaning; my friends and family would say that I am over the top, but I like to think of myself as always prepared for company.
After spending nearly three years in a 12 step program to figure out my quirks and oddities, I am able to tone it down a bit and do not clean every day but I still like things to be a certain way. Cleaning is a form of therapy for me. As I clear away the cobwebs from my home I find the cobwebs being cleared from my mind. As odd as it may be, for me each area that I clean is like an extension of myself and if I purge and clean it thoroughly I feel refreshed and renewed; ready for a new season. Spring cleaning is my therapy!
Every day is a struggle for me with my weight and food addiction; my closet is full of proof. I tend to hold on to the “fat” clothes when I lose weight just in case I gain the weight back. What I have discovered through my inner journey is that I am actually giving myself permission to gain the weight back because I have clothes to wear that will fit me when I do. The past year has been an up and down struggle for me with a solid 35 pound weight loss so I have decided to get rid of everything in my closet that is too big to wear. In a sense I will be shedding those 35 pounds from my closet as well as my body. If it is not in my closet then I will be forced to continue on in a positive direction keeping the weight off because my “fall back” wardrobe will be gone.
Washing windows is another rewarding task for me. Life is full of activities that cloud our vision much like the outdoor elements cloud the windows on our home. If we do not keep our windows clean eventually our vision of the outside will become clouded, dingy and distorted. By focusing on our inner selves taking the time to rest, relax and reflect on what is truly important we will wash the windows of our souls and see life more clearly. Getting rid of the dingy film on a window is just like getting rid of the unnecessary things that cloud the eyes of our hearts. In order to see life clearly we must keep our minds clear so we can make wise decisions and focus on what is really important to us.
As I spend my spring break week cleaning I will throw away unwanted or unnecessary things, wash away the winter and refresh my home and prepare it for the beauty of spring and summer. Each room and each task will be a way for me to renew my own mind. Armed with arsenal of cleaning tools and supplies, my ear buds shoved in my ears with my iPod blaring the latest country tunes, I will scrub away the heaviness of winter from my home and shed that same gloom and grime from my soul.
Whatever it is that creates within you a sense of peace, take time to do it. For me it’s cleaning but for others it could be running, walking, gardening, reading, or something totally off the wall (like cleaning is not off the wall). Take time to spring clean your own soul and prepare yourself for a new season. Shed the heaviness of the winter season in your life and fill yourself with the freshness of spring. Renewing your mind, body and soul will not only be beneficial for you but for those around you. Not only will you feel better, your positive energy will shine through the windows of your soul and bless those around you.
So get busy with that spring cleaning….I know I am.