Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

Spring cleaning: 3 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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Hi All – I am so excited to have been provided with the opportunity to guest post on Lisa Designs Life! I launched my blog about 2 months ago, I am truly living my best life and becoming more than the mother, wife, and woman that I once was. You can check out my blog at www.tymewitht.com and follow me (Tyme with T) on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Today I am sharing 3 Ways to simplify your life this spring.

Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

Yes, I am excited about Spring – the promise of warmer weather, budding flowers, the opportunity to send the kids outside, then proceed to lock all the doors to the house and not feel bad about doing so, or fearing that they may return with a black toe from frostbite. *laughs*.

One thing I am not so excited about though; is Spring Cleaning.  Because when I get started, I go berserk and the fruits of my labour are unrealized until the job is done – which is usually weeks later. Why you ask? Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book and adding to it if needed, taking the time to make sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit, which will take me to the dark side. Following the steps below keep me on the right track to help reduce my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. 

Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

One thing I am not so excited about though; is Spring Cleaning. Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to do the same – This is how I’m making it happen:

  • Simplify this spring: Dust off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book and amending accordingly.

Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t hold grudges, I hold memories. Good, bad or indifferent and yes, there is a difference. There are times when you have to cut people out. It is not malicious, it is not rude, it is not catty. It’s as simple as telling them, this isn’t working out, this relationship is not serving me. I always believed that any relationships I have should not require an absorbent amount of work… like more work than my marriage. Seriously.

So, for those friends who you lost contact with that you wish you could see again, that special someone in your life that you didn’t tell how you feel because life was hectic or the person that is draining the life out of you due to negativity and not understanding the path of light that you have chosen for yourself? Handle them. Handle them accordingly and put those people in the category where they belong.

Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

  • Simplify this spring: Make sure your financial house is in order.

In the summer there is a multitude of reasons to spend money: who’s getting married, having a baby, birthday, graduation or just for the hell of it party. Not to mention the vacations you would like to take, day trips, the need for nail and haircut appointments. Gardening, new patio set, delicious margaritas on the deck, maintenance of your home; inside and outside. Shall I continue? Point being, there is a need to spend. So, when there is a need to spend there is also a need to make sure you don’t put yourself in a situation where you are stressing about money.

Plan ahead. Put whatever amount (that works for you), in a SUMMER account and don’t touch it all year. When you need to book that trip to see your bestie, throw that huge 4th of July cookout or treat yourself to a spa experience, it’ll be there and you’ll smile because there is no guilt – you budgeted for to play as hard as you work. Enjoy yourself!

Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

  • Simplify this spring: Make sure to not take on more than you can handle as far as summer commitments and RSVPs.

As I mentioned above, summer is full of commitments. I cannot say yes to everything. We do not earn gold stars for running around ragged but being everywhere. I’ll be honest I am a planner. Since hubby and I are working different shifts and I have appointments related to my children, myself AND of course my blog; it started getting insane. So, under my arm always rests my planner. BUT, one thing I refuse to do is plan my weekends for every summer of the year. I am saying, “I’ll have to decide on that as we get closer”. If I miss out on something because I waited too long to commit – OH WELL. I’ll have better luck next time.

Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

Committing to everything ahead of time does not allow the opportunity for being spontaneous and we need this in our lives to ensure it doesn’t feel like Groundhog Day every morning that we wake. If I want to open my eyeballs and head to the beach on a Sunday morning, can I do that if I’ve committed every Sunday morning to someone else’s event? No, I cannot. This is not selfish, this is thinking about yourself and what you need to do to keep your sanity. And for me, knowing who I am and what I need to stay happy – that is the best gift I’ve ever could give myself.

 A big thank you and hugs to my new blogging friend Tinisha. I love your enthusiasm and honesty,  it’s an honour to have you guest post here on Lisa Designs Life! 

This is just a start my friends, click on the image below to sign up for our free challenge with more great tips and strategies to simplify your home and life.

One thing I am not so excited about though; is Spring Cleaning. Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book, making sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit. Following these steps keeps me on the right track to help minimize my anxiety and elevate my state of mind. Click to read more and sign up for our free Simplify Your Life Challenge today!

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54 responses to “Spring cleaning: 3 Ways to Simplify Your Life

  1. This post was enlightening, I definitely have a problem sometimes telling others I can’t come to their event if I don’t have an excuse. I need to get better at valuing my time more and not feeling the need to satisfy others all of the time. Thanks!

  2. Spring cleaning is so much more than just dusting. You are right, it really can help you live a more simple life as well as a less stressful life!

  3. Haley

    Totally agree with how it’s easier to spend more money in the summer. Always something going on! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a really great post. Spring is the time of the year that I do start to clean out more than my house. During the summer time I have no problem in saying no to doing activities, it sometimes too hot.

  5. What an insightful post! I normally associate spring cleaning with cleaning my home but you have made a beautiful point about cleaning up our lives! I especially love the tip about putting my financial house in order. I absolutely enjoyed reading every minute of this, very helpful and beautifully written x

  6. Taking on more than I can handle is one of my weaknesses, if you want to call it that. I just get so excited sometimes and commit to more than I am capable of completing. And I hate hate that because I love to give everything I have in everything I do. I love all of these tips Lisa. Internal “spring cleaning”…love it!

  7. I constantly work on my financial cleaning! This year so far, I’ve had to turn down several events due to promotional study . I usually over commit but not this summer .Great non traditional advice for spring cleaning!

  8. Jen

    I appreciate your thoughts here, spring is definitely a time to have a look at your entire life. Planning, scheduling, and who you choose to surround yourself with are things we all need to mindfully reflect on. Spring is an excellent time to refresh.

  9. You’ve put a different spin on spring cleaning. Traditionally when one speak of Spring cleaning one is refers to the cleansing of heir a physical space. You have taken Spring cleaning to a different level to that of mental spaces.

  10. Nailil

    Finances are something I don’t usually think about when it comes to spring cleaning. But it is a very good point, I suppose that cleaning of finances in the spring would allow for more things to be done during the summer.
    Nailil
    http://www.thirtyminusone.com

  11. Jubilee

    This has been a big one for me! I can often over commit myself, but I am getting better at learning to say no when I need to. Great tips!

  12. I love your idea of creating a summer account for finances! You are so right, expenses sneak up so quickly and it would be nice to not worry about them as much. I wish I knew that tip years ago!

  13. I love that this post goes beyond the traditional “Spring Cleaning” methods and talks about how you can do it in all aspects of your life. I’m implementing all of these tips ASAP!

  14. What I really loved was that these tips were unexpected! When I came across the title I thought this might be about physical house cleaning or eating better and getting exercise, but you presented an excellent spin on spring cleaning with some rather brilliant tips we would all benefit from!

  15. Sheena

    Hello, great post. We often relate spring cleaning to simply stuff around or in our homes. But, it’s so much more than that. Your post outlines this really well. I have to say, point number one is challenging for me, but I’m workong on it. Great insight! Oh, I’m definitely making sure my financial house is in order. I want to own a home soon.

  16. Some great tips on this spring season. Sometime we are so much excited about spring that we planned too many things and at the end we can’t handle the stress and feel frustrated. So love your last tip, although want to develop a skill to plan everything.

  17. I loved your point about spring cleaning with our relationships. I find myself with friends or peers who no longer serve me or we grow apart. It doesn’t have to be a dramatic ending – you just kinda know that this is done.

  18. This is refreshing – tips I’ve never heard and I really need to apply to my life. Especially limiting summer commitments. My calendar is somehow already packed!

  19. Clair

    What a great way to look at sprIng cleaning! I have got to really take on the ‘not over scheduling’ myself. When I do, I truly do feel cluttered and overwhelmed!

  20. Gosh you don’t know how hard I am on myself when it comes to getting people who are toxic out of my life. I often resent myself for not trying, but then I remember that some friendships are just not meant to be and I can’t keep beating myself up for it. It is impossible to be liked by everyone and also for you to be liked

  21. I Love this! I’m so guilty of the overspending for sure and it’s never come to mind to save aside so that’s on the list for next year.

  22. Kat

    I never thought about all this other stuff before, I thought spring cleaning was all about deep cleaning the house. Great tips though, I like the ideas on planning the summer weekends, although as a sahm my schedule isn’t that crazy.

  23. LC

    I love this list. A different spin on spring cleaning, but it’s spring cleaning as it relates to your life and mental well-being. I especially like the one regarding friendships. Sometimes you just have to walk away from someone. Yea, it may hurt for a little while but if you realize the relationship is not purposeful and mutually beneficial then it’s time to end it. I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Such a great point to think about yourself to keep your sanity. So true! I have been struggling with this one lately but nothing gets done if mommas head ain’t right. Take care of yourself then go have some fun! Awesome tips!

  25. Ola

    Most people – including myself – don’t include financial items in their spring cleaning. Thank you for that very helpful and most important tip!

  26. Good list! I have a hard time saying no and got caught up with an unexpectedly busy spring at the last minute. I need to keep these in mind!

  27. These are such great ideas, things I hadn’t even thought of doing with my spring cleaning! I definitely need to add them in this year though.

  28. I love spring cleaning . Something about getting organised. Gives me a new lease on life . I especially want to get my financial house in order. Planning ahead is a great idea so you avoid spending unnecessary money

  29. I like that this list was more of a figurative spring cleaning than a literal one. I like the idea of spring cleaning out the negative people in your life!

  30. I have trouble saying no sometimes, so your tip on leaving time free for spontaneity really hit home with me. I’m going to schedule some time for that. Guess that’s a bit of an oxymoron.

  31. Haley

    Love this! Especially love the thought on not making yourself to committed! So so important to leave time for ourselves and the ones we love

  32. Love your tips Lisa! Spring is the PERFECT season for making things easier on ourselves. I really need to do my book keeping for the last month. I was good up until I had to file taxes, then always fall behind lol.