Bouncing Back

I’ve been in a bit of a funk over the last week or two. Until today, I hadn’t been able to put my finger on why. Work has been crazier than ever the whole year. Was this starting to take its toll on me? We laid my uncle to rest last week. Was my sadness at having to say goodbye to him, adding to this feeling of being drained? I hadn’t really had much “Me-time” either the past few weeks. Was this also contributing to the feelings of weariness and exhaustion? My mind feels like it is clogged with a million thoughts all wrapped into a ball of fuzz. Even writing hasn’t helped me get clarity as to where these feelings stem from. I have been so frustrated.
This afternoon, while scrolling through Facebook, I happened upon a post from “Elephant Journal” that gave me an AHA moment. The concept is not new to me or anyone. I, for one, just needed a reminder. My physical world was in complete disarray! My wardrobe shelves are stuffed with clothing. Half of it I don’t wear. My house is bulging at the seams with “stuff” that I don’t use. As a result, I have no space for the things I do need! The bathroom scale has been groaning under my weight. This continued weight gain has started making movement a chore. It’s not healthy and it’s not fun feeling and looking like a tub of lard. As a result of all of this,  I have not had a lot of energy so a lot of chores and tasks that I wanted to get done/progress have fallen by the wayside leaving me feeling terribly guilty. Each item has had a knock-on effect on something else. Yes, you have figured it out…I desperately need to spring clean almost every facet of my life!
“Things come to you when you let go”
The clutter is causing stagnation in my life and my thinking. I took a break and did just a little bit of clearing while writing this post and already a see a light at the end of the tunnel. This, of course, is not enough so here is what I commit to doing over the next month:
1. Bag – place all my old clothes that I haven’t worn in at least a year in a bag for donations. I will do the same for Alex’s clothing and toys
2. Discard – throw out the broken goods that I either can’t fix or am not interested in fixing.
3. Take before and after pictures so that I can see the difference and appreciate how far I have come.
4. I have chosen the colours for my dining room and kitchen walls (finally!) They will be painted to celebrate the arrival of spring 🙂
5. Re-look at my budget and identify wasted money that I can put towards a goal that I have.
Accomplishing these tasks will go a long way to making space for the things that need to come into my life. I will keep you posted on my progress.
If you would like to read the Elephant Journal article that led to my aha moment as well as for additional tips, you can find it here: Clean it up
I would love to hear tips from you on how to not only go about spring cleaning your house and your life but also how to maintain the change. Please leave your tips and suggestions in the comments.
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Wish me luck with my spring cleaning!

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