What does Spring mean to you? It’s usually the first signs of buds on the trees, weather warming up a little at a time, maybe a sighting of crocus’ in the garden. This year, it has taken on a whole new meaning. I looked up “spring” in the thesaurus - here’s what I got: resilience, flexibility, bound, hop, leap, give, elasticity. This makes me think that coming out of this pandemic (however slowly), is how these words really relate to how we are entering this new season - Spring. Resilience and flexibility are my new middle names.
Don’t you think the lessons learned from this year have forced us to think of situations differently? It used to be “don’t sweat the small stuff” - now there is no small stuff. Remember when the small stuff really mattered? Now, we think big. Really big. Now we think about things that we didn’t even know existed a year ago. But, this is where Spring comes in, we are resilient and flexible because we collectively survived the worst year. Now we are starting to spring forward with a whole new attitude - optimism and possibility! We are starting to let ourselves look forward to hugs, restaurants, events and even a trip. Did someone say movie theater?
So with all this in mind, it’s a good idea to look around your home and see where you can get organized and focused. Spring cleaning is not just for your home, it’s for your mind. For the past year, we have experienced back to basic living (I’m talking about reading more, puzzles and games with your children, family movie night, cooking together - and actually, eating together). We have learned to really live with each other, and moving forward, it is time to establish new routines to coordinate with what is considered our “new” normal. Decluttering is a good way to start. The nice weather is coming, so perhaps a yard sale. Cleaned out closets will always give you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Being organized can actually reduce stress. If it all seems overwhelming, Living Simple is available to help make this task less daunting. I wish everyone a Happy Safe Spring and here’s to being resilient!! Check out www.livingsimple.info for a full list of services.