In spring, the earth leaps into action. Spring is the season of blooming and sprouting, and the best way to prepare for its arrival is to clear lots of space for the greatness of all that's about to emerge in your life. It's time to come out of hibernation and stretch into the sunshine. Flowers wake up. Seeds are planted. The days stay lighter longer.
In the ancient practices of feng shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine there's a reverence for staying connected to nature and flowing with the seasons. While you do some spring cleaning, you may want to think of ways to spend more time outside in the months to come to really harness the greatness of the seasonal switch.
Today I wanted to share a few feng shui-ed spring cleaning tips that can help you create the foundation for a season of real abundance:
I often recommend clearing out the clutter in your home, office, car and any other space in your life, but in spring, focus your efforts on what you need to clear away in order to feel more active. Bring your workout gear front and center in your closet, along with brighter colors if you really want to embrace the rebirth of the season. Deep cleaning the whole kitchen — particularly the refrigerator — will somewhat strangely make you feel incredible. It's a great prosperity feng shui tip, too!
2. Clean under things.
Dust collects under things. That dust creates stagnation. Stagnation is the opposite of flow and circulation. Flow and circulation bring health and prosperity. Cleaning under things thoroughly — your sofa, your bed … even the oven and refrigerator if possible — will open up any stagnant energy and get the flow going. This action will help you to open up stuck areas of your own life as well, so embrace it!
3. Wash your windows.
Another area of cleaning neglect for many, washing the windows gives you a fresh perspective on life. While you're at it, pop out your blinds if you have them and wash them in your tub; toss your curtains in the laundry or dry-clean them. You'll be astonished by the difference this makes in your home, particularly if you open your windows often.
4. Welcome in new ideas.
Look through your bookshelves and see if you can donate or gift some to friends who might love them. Now you have room for fresh ideas to come into your life this season. Pick up a few fresh books that feel light, engaging and, of course, compelling.
5. Practice cash shui!
Polish the flow of your finances. Spring is a season of action, and you want to be sure that action doesn’t come at the expense of your prosperity. Beyond rooting through your files and getting your taxes prepared, think about a few new ways to organize, invest or save money. A budget, a visit to your money manager, some accounting software or simply deciding to live using only cash to buy things (a very effective strategy for people who impulse buy with credit cards) can make this a wealthier spring.
6. Eat lemons and greens.
Spring is the season of wood energy, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine that correlates with the element of wood, the organ of the liver and sour (like lemon) tastes. Eat lots of greens to generate more wood energy, feel cleaner inside and be more radiant in your whole life. And, of course, start the day with some hot water and lemon. These are two basic habits that are brilliant for spring, and great year-round as well.
7. Make your life online a bit more Zen.
Internet space is another “environment” in which we live, so it also deserves some spring cleaning. Most people engage in quite a bit of social media time, not to mention online banking, photo storage, work files, one or many email accounts, and much more. Freshen up your online profile pages: add some new pictures, color and personality. Go through your digital photos and organize them in a user-friendly fashion. Same for your emails and phone contacts.
And, for every season, I like to set a seasonal intention. Whether it's growing an herb garden, mastering Easter egg artistry or perfecting your golf swing with a new club, these personal, seasonal wishes make every season more fun to look forward to, and it is a great way to signal the changes in your life throughout the year.