Can you feel it too? Spring is creeping in and it’s time to let go of the weight of winter.
Let’s strip off our layers and bask in the possibility of a fresh, new season!
Spring presents so many opportunities for growth and renewal and they ultimately begin in
the home. As we emerge from the cool of winter we do what so many have done before
us; open the windows, clear the cobwebs and wash the bed linen in eucalyptus.
Home is the heart of our lives it’s where we nurture ourselves, it’s where we rest and
create. Simple rituals can act as a celebration of the new season and they can also pave
the way for seasonal selfcare practises.
Put aside an hour a day, or an entire weekend, or do a little bit here and there. Whatever
you choose, or whatever you can manage, is enough. The key to completing a thorough
spring clean is to keep the momentum going; it’s far too easy to make an energetic start
and loose enthusiasm when the mess gets overwhelming.
Firstly, open the windows and create an intention or sankalpa. Consider what you want
your home to be for the coming season and repeat those words like a mantra: “My home is
a haven,” “I want to rest, relax and restore in my home,” “Home is a safe, peaceful space
for my family and I.” A few things to consider for an intentional spring clean:
- burn beeswax candles to purify the air and diffuse essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree and frankincense to rid the home of winter bugs.
- have your cleaning supplies ready...white vinegar, cooled boiled water, a bit of bicarb soda and a few drops of tea tree essential oil makes a fabulous cleaning spray
- clove oil is great for getting rid of mould on surfaces around the home (although best not to use if you’re pregnant)
- create a plan - start with one room and complete it before you move onto the next
Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. It translates to ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘nonattachment’.
Ultimately you want to create space in your home literally and figuratively and the best
way to do this is to declutter. Bring to mind your favourite yoga studio - spacious, light and
clean, it is free of distractions so you can easily focus on your body, breath and thoughts. If
you want to cultivate a similar space in your home, you need to get rid of the things that
distract you the stuff and clutter that so easily build up in the home especially if you
want to create a space that encourages a regular home practice.
So how do you declutter?
Start with the surfaces that attract the most clutter the table in your entryway, your
breakfast bar or kitchen bench. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes and clean
away no distractions for 15 solid minutes. Often this is all it takes!
From here, move onto your bookshelves, bedside table and bathroom cabinets. Dust,
spruce, consider donating or throwing away those items that no longer serve you books
that haven’t been touched in years, bottles of outofdate hand cream, the pile of
miscellany beside the bed.
While you clean and rid your home of clutter, keep coming back to the space you want to
create for yourself and your family. Surround yourself with things that inspire and nurture
you and get rid of anything that is a detraction anything that’s weighing you down.