Spring has finally arrived, which means it’s time to do my annual Spring cleaning. This week I’ll pack up the last of my winter clothes and replace them with outfits more appropriate for warmer weather. I’ll touch up the paint on the walls and baseboards, wash the windows, vacuum the curtains and even toss my pillows in the washing machine. I’ll also clean out the junk drawer and sort through the many boxes of stuff we have stored in our basement in an effort to get rid of anything we no longer use or love. I am not what you would call a “saver,” but for some reason Spring is the time when I am especially motivated to get rid of excess stuff.
And this year I’ve been thinking that maybe it’s time I took my Spring cleaning one step further. If I’m willing to get rid of the things in my house that are no longer useful to me, then maybe I should be willing to get rid of some of the things in my life that are no longer useful to me as well. I am nothing if not a creature of habit, but that doesn’t mean that all of my habits are worthy of keeping. In fact, I’m quite sure that some of them aren’t good for me at all.
Do I really need to start each day by turning on the morning news, knowing that all it usually does it make me me feel depressed, annoyed, or even angry? Can’t all that negativity at least wait until after breakfast? And do I really need to sit down at my computer several times a day, checking my emails and Facebook page? Wouldn’t that time be better spent doing something that’s actually useful, or even relaxing?
Is the Diet Coke that I drink each time I’m walking dogs at the local animal shelter really the best way to quench my thirst, particularly on a hot and humid day? Is it time to make the switch to water, as so many of the other volunteers do, even though I’ve always bought myself a Diet Coke as a treat when I’m walking dogs? I could go on, but if I listed all of my habits that aren’t exactly enhancing my life, I’d end up with a blog post that was at least 5,000 words. Which would be way too long, and way too embarrassing to share. The point is that my house isn’t the only thing that could use a bit of “cleaning out” this Spring.
They say old habits die hard, and that’s quite true. But I can still choose to leave some of my old habits behind, especially those that are no longer serving me and that may actually be getting in the way of the kind of life I actually want to lead. And if I can manage to get rid of even a few of those habits this year, then that will be the best Spring cleaning I’ve ever done.