Spring cleaning not just about things around you

We recently moved our clocks ahead for daylight saving time and marked the vernal equinox. It’s spring ... finally!

As the weather gets warmer, I feel the urge to organize and clean anything that has been slightly neglected or isn’t up to my level of satisfaction. It’s time for spring cleaning.

I’m not a neat-nik, but I do like order in my life. This is constantly challenged by raising three teenage sons. When I ask them to clean up a mess, their first question is, “What mess?”

Last weekend, I tackled my car.

This is the car we took to Denver over spring break and returned using the long (northern) route because of the rock- slide in Glenwood Canyon. The 200-mile detour gave the boys that much more time to drop crumbs, slip wrappers between seats and shove gross sticky trash into the cup holders.

Do they think this stuff disappears once it’s out of their hands?

The urge to do some spring cleaning took over and out came the large vacuum cleaner and multiple cleaning products. After about an hour, the car looked and smelled much better.

As I drove the boys around that evening, I threatened anyone who dropped a crumb or even a pebble from his shoe on the clean carpet.

Another area that needs attention is my closet.

Someone once told me a trick to cleaning out a closet. Begin the season by hanging your clothes with the hangers facing backward.

After you wear something, re-hang it with the hanger facing the right way (easy to take off the rack).

At the end of the season, whatever hangers are facing backward, these are the clothes that you didn’t wear and it’s time to get rid of them.

Our garage needs attention, too. During the year, I can easily clean the house as long as there is room in the garage for miscellaneous stuff that no longer belongs in the house.

Now that it is spring, it’s time to open the boxes in the garage, sort through the junk and get rid of things we no longer need.

It sounds like a few trips to the Goodwill, the dump and/or a garage sale are in order.

So why do I bring up spring cleaning tips in a column about life coaching?

What I’ve found with my clients is that spring cleaning can be likened to life coaching. You are first prompted by an internal need to make some changes. That is, something isn’t quite right.

Both life coaching and spring cleaning encourage you to take an inventory of what you have now, sort through the clutter, organize and prioritize the important things, and release what no longer serves you.

Now that it’s spring, I encourage you to tackle your spring cleaning from the inside out. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when you apply positive, forward-focused energy to any area of your life.

Coaching challenge: To easily take an inventory of the various areas of your life, go to http://www.coachwithsheri.com and complete the Wheel of Life exercise (free).

It will help you see how satisfied you are in the major areas of your life, determine which areas are important to you and notice where you are less satisfied than you would like.

Spring is a great time to create goals and action steps to improve these areas.

It’s time for spring cleaning. What are you waiting for?

Sheri Fisher is an intuitive life coach living in Grand Junction. The situations and characters in her column are fictional to maintain client confidentiality. For more information, go to: http://www.coachwithsheri.com.


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