Spring cleaning can be both a daunting task as well as a labor of love. As we go from room to room throughout our homes opening windows and deep cleaning all of those area’s and spaces we quickly discover items that we ask ourselves, “Why do I have this?” We start creating boxes and bags and fill them with items that we will soon either bring to Goodwill or sell at a yard sale. It isn’t long before we have many bags and boxes filled and we look at the space that we live in with less clutter and the breath in the freshness of a clean home. This feeling brings us such a sense of well being that soon we decide to gather up more stuff around our homes to get rid of. It is contagious. When we look at the pile of stuff ready to leave our homes forever we wonder where it all came from in the first place, and why did it end up in our homes. We question each and every item and ask ourselves what it cost us and why did we buy it. This is the feeling that a minimalist lives each day of their lives.
We will feel that spark inside of us, you know, that urge to keep things from this point forward at a minimum. What if it was possible to keep everything in our homes at a minimum and only bring those items into our homes that truly serve a purpose to us or bring us great joy. What else do we have in our homes that are not serving a purpose or bringing us joy? Hmmm… And this is where it starts for many minimalists. Without even knowing a thing about this thing called minimalism we naturally lean in the direction of it because it makes us feel a certain comfort inside. For some this feeling only last so long and soon they are filling those empty spaces with all kinds of stuff that they believe will bring them joy, but for others they learn that it is those empty spaces that they find great joy in. It is the latter that may discover that living with less is a better way to live.
It doesn’t happen to many, but the numbers are growing and many great books have been written about this movement. As their houses become less and less cluttered they begin to question other things in their lives that are also cluttered. How am I spending my time? Am I doing things that serve a greater purpose and bring me joy? Do I really need to live in this huge home that costs a fortune to heat in the winter and cool in the summer? Is my life all about stuff or is there something that I am missing out on?
Minimalism takes away the dream of someday doing something that you truly love and replaces it with the knowledge that you could do it now. Someday I will be able to learn to paint, or play a guitar, or whatever it is that brings us great joy. When we take away the clutter and all of the things in our lives that have been getting in the way of living our dreams life becomes as stale as the air that we breath without our windows open on a Spring day. It takes our lives and places them back into an area where our souls can dance in delight in the pleasures of doing and being what we feel that we could do one day.
As you do your own Spring cleaning this year I want to hold on to those thoughts that will arise as you go through this process. Don’t let them go and start to question everything about your life. Are you truly happy? Some are, but those of you who aren’t take this opportunity to move forward in the direction of finding out exactly who you are and what it will take to make your dreams come alive right now and find your way into the love of minimalism. As you clean those windows let your life itself become clearer.
Blood Sugar- 103, Weight- 171.6
Treadmill- 20 Minutes
Pulldowns- 310 lbs – 15
Rows- 310 lbs – 15
Reverse Flys- 110 lbs – 15
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Roast Beef, Peas, 1/2 Baked Potato
Dinner- Chicken, Salad