It’s that time of year again!  Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning a house from top to bottom in the first warm days of the year—typically in the spring.  Historically this was done in the spring as the cold weather was giving way to warmer temperatures, because, it was widely held, houses are more difficult to clean during winter.

The origins of spring cleaning probably date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring.  Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh takouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture.

Another possible origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time holiday of Passover. Observant Jews conduct a thorough cleaning of the house, followed by the traditional Passover festivities.

In Greece and other Orthodox nations, it is tradition to clean the house thoroughly either right before or during the first week of Great Lent, which is referred to as Clean Week.

During this spring-cleaning season, I invite you to join me and check out what’s dusty, out-dated, or has been over-looked within yourself. Let’s take a trip into your inner attic or basement; look around and decide what should be cleaned up, put away or tossed into the trash altogether.

Let’s start by identifying the 8 Major Life Categories that will form the framework of your spring cleaning efforts:

  1. Body (health, exercise, nutrition, avoiding the “isms”)
  2. Mind (intuition, inspiration, creativity, feelings, assumptions…)
  3. Spirit (perhaps our relationship to God; a Higher Power; gratitude or LOA)
  4. Family and Friends
  5. Vision and Life Purpose (passion, hopes and dreams)
  6. Work/Career
  7. Money
  8. Leisure Time

Now let’s identify the 5 Essential Elements that are the basis of your personal operating system:

  1. Values
  2. Thoughts
  3. Attitudes
  4. Beliefs
  5. Behaviors/Choices/Decisions

In the same way you go through your closet at the start of each season, carefully examining each garment and accessory one by one, let’s take some time and examine the threads in the fabric of your life.

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