6 Ways To Spring Clean Your Life For A Reset

6 ways to spring clean your life.

When we think of spring cleaning, our minds usually go to all the spaces and rooms in our homes that need decluttering and deep cleaning as the new season starts. It allows us to start over fresh while purging the old, and making room for the new. 

While traditional spring cleaning is important (and one that’s on my to-do list), the best type of spring cleaning we can do is in our own lives for a reset.

The last couple of months, I began to notice how burnt out I felt. My mind was on constant overdrive, and I was trying to balance too many things at once. As April quickly approached, I decided it was time to do a spring cleaning not only for the physical spaces in my home, but for my physical and mental health.

Spring cleaning our lives helps create space for growth, positivity, and personal development. We learn how to let go of negative thoughts, unhealthy habits, and toxic relationships. It allows us to pause and reflect on what’s affecting us, and what we can alter to become a better version of ourselves. 

Spring cleaning our lives is essential for our overall happiness. If you’re in need of a reset for growth and renewal, here are 6 ways you can spring clean your life: 

1. Notice What’s Causing You To Feel Overwhelmed

One thing starts piling up on top of another, and before we realize it, we’re completely overwhelmed. Once I started realizing how burnt out I had been feeling, I was able to pinpoint what was overwhelming me and where a majority of my stress came from.

Usually, when we feel overwhelmed, it’s either because we’re taking on too much at once, or because we’re overcommitting to multiple things. For me, I was stuck in the continuous cycle of trying to get everything done at once, yet feeling behind because I wasn’t where I wanted or expected myself to be. Once I was able to identify the specific areas that were causing me to feel overwhelmed (working too late, for example), I started learning how to prioritize my day to lessen those feelings. 

The best way to spring clean your life for anything that’s overwhelming you, is to re-evaluate your commitments and obligations. Are you putting things on your plate that don’t need to be there? Are you prioritizing what’s most important for the day and letting go of the things that aren’t? Focus on one aspect at a time, and say no to anything that doesn’t align with your priorities. 

2. Reflect On Your Habits 

Reflecting on your habits requires being mindful of the habits you currently have and what you want to change. These habits include anything from eating, exercise, or your daily wellness routine. By slowing down and paying attention to what you’re putting your energy in, it’ll help you re-shift and reset your mindset to what you want your habits to be. 

At the beginning of the year, I chose a word I wanted to stick by, rather than coming up with a list of resolutions. The word I chose was “intentional” because I wanted to be intentional in everything I did. Whether it was exercising, writing, or taking time for self-care. 

As I started feeling in need of a deep spring-cleaning reset for my own life, I analyzed the areas where I wasn’t being intentional anymore. Every Sunday, I used to make meal prepping a priority, because I know it makes all the difference during a busy day when I already have lunch prepared. However, that started to slip the past couple of months. As part of my own spring reset, I plan to start making it a habit again. 

A lot of our habits can be altered or changed if we go into it with a plan. Especially anything that simplifies our lives or makes us a better version of ourselves. Sometimes we put off things that should be a priority because it feels inconvenient (or we don’t necessarily feel like doing it), but once we learn how to shift our priorities and focus on our habits, it makes all the difference. 

Slow down and pay attention to your habits. It’ll help you incorporate little changes that end up becoming the big changes in your daily life. 

3. Make Space For What’s Important 

Is there anything in your life that’s currently important to you, but you haven’t been prioritizing? Spring cleaning your life involves making space and investing in what’s most important. Once I noticed that I wasn’t making my self-care a priority, I knew it was time to re-evaluate what was most important to me. 

When we set intentions ahead of time, it’s easier to invest in what’s important to us. It’s probably not surprising that I love reading, since I’m a writer. However, there was a period of time when months went by, and I didn’t touch a single page of a book. 

Reading is something that has always inspired me to write and has helped me learn how to become a better writer. I know that as a writer, it’s important to read as much as I can to improve my own writing and creative process. Once I started realizing I wasn’t making it a priority, I dedicated at least a half hour to reading before bed if nothing else. 

Shift your focus and priorities to what’s important to you, even if it’s only for small increments at a time. You’ll feel a lot more fulfilled when you make space for what’s important, rather than spreading your energy and time in other areas that wear you out. 

4. Do Something For Yourself, By Yourself 

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily distractions in life, especially when there’s always so much that you can focus your energy on. Personally, I know that I’m able to gain more mental clarity when I do something for myself, by myself. 

One thing that I plan on being more intentional about during my spring life reset, is to start journaling, either first thing in the morning or late at night. Journaling is something that helps me sort through my thoughts and have a clear headspace. When we do something for ourselves with positive intentions, it spills into other areas of our lives. 

Do something for yourself by yourself, even if it’s only setting aside a few minutes in the morning or at night when you have no other distractions. We have a lot more mental clarity when we aren’t constantly surrounded by outside distractions. Not to say that’s always realistic, because all of our lives are busy no matter what season we’re in, but it’s also important to set aside time for yourself to reset. 

Other activities you could do for yourself besides journaling are: listening to an uplifting podcast, getting outside for some exercise, or taking a bath with some relaxing music. You’ll always feel a sense of refreshment and renewal when you’re able to take any amount of time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. 

5. Let Go Of Anything Holding You Back 

One of the most important aspects of a spring cleaning your life is to let go of anything holding you back, including negative thoughts. Sometimes we get so stuck on where we’re at, that it’s hard to focus on where we’re headed. If you take time to identify what you’re specifically struggling with, it can help you let go so you’re able to focus on the present moment and the future. 

There were times I held onto people and things I didn’t want to lose. But by holding onto the past and what we’re supposed to let go of, the only thing it does is hold us back even more. We think it’s harder to let go because all we’ve known how to do is hold on, but we’ll find there’s more strength in letting go of something that isn’t meant for us anymore. 

Once you’re able to let go of anything that’s holding you back, you’ll find more growth, renewal, and strength. Some of the best spring cleaning you can do in your own life is gain awareness of anything that’s holding you back from who you are, while making room for what’s meant to be in your life. 

6. Focus On Relationships That Bring Color To Your Life 

I read a quote the other day that stuck with me. It said, “Pay attention to how you feel after you spend time with somebody.” When it comes to growth and becoming a renewed version of yourself, it’s important to focus on the relationships that bring color to your life, not take it away. 

By nurturing the healthy relationships in your life and letting go of the toxic ones, you’ll realize how much better you feel when you surround yourself with the right people. The people who make you feel more like yourself, not less. 

Sometimes it’s inevitable who we’re around, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give your energy to negative or toxic people. Spring clean the relationships in your life by prioritizing who and what is good for you, investing all the time and energy into anything positive and healthy. 

Spring cleaning your life requires awareness about the things that are affecting you and committing to make a change. It’s an opportunity to start over fresh and new, enabling you to notice areas where you feel overwhelmed or anything that’s preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself.

Take this spring as a chance for growth and renewal from anything or anyone that’s interfering with who you strive to be. You owe it to yourself to feel fulfilled in every area of your life, even if it requires decluttering one area at a time. The best growth comes over time, and you’ll be thankful for the renewed “you”, no matter how long it takes.

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  1. 4.3.24
    Pam said:

    This a great article, and really resonated with me during this busy season of life.

  2. 4.3.24
    Katie said:

    Love this! I hadn’t thought of spring cleaning my life, just my house. But what a great time to reevaluate what is working and not working for you. Clean out the clutter, whether that be toxic or unhealthy friendships/relationships, habits that are no longer serving you, or anything holding you back. Spring is a great time for a fresh start! Thank you for these tips and ideas!

    • 4.4.24

      Absolutely!! I feel like Spring is a great time too since it’s a few months into the new year, so it gives us an opportunity to reset and reflect where we’re at in every area of our lives. Thanks for reading!!

  3. 4.3.24
    Heather said:

    So many great ideas for self-connection here. I love that you start with noticing. It’s so important to stop and pay attention to what can be causing us stress and overwhelm. We can’t fix what we don’t understand!

    • 4.4.24

      So true!! Taking a moment for awareness is so helpful when we’re trying to figure out where our stress stems from. Appreciate you reading!

  4. 4.3.24
    Angelia said:

    I love the idea of spring cleaning your life—it’s such a great time for a refresher. I also love how you worded relationships that bring color to your life. It’s such a great way to think of it. Thank you for sharing.

    • 4.4.24

      Thank you I really appreciate that!! Spring really is the perfect time to re-evaluate anything in our lives that we want to change. One thing at a time!

  5. 4.3.24
    Tracy McHugh said:

    I love this positive post! Thank you for sharing this. I love the part, do something for yourself and by yourself as well as taking notice of your habits. Been trying to notice my habits and pivot where I can and I love the result.

    • 4.4.24

      Thank you!! ❤️ Yes it’s all about identifying how and what to improve so we can make the necessary changes. Makes all the difference!

  6. 4.3.24
    Trichelle said:

    I need a spring clean for sure! Great article.

  7. 4.3.24
    Shelby York said:

    I love spring cleaning! It makes my house feel so refreshed. I like how you said spring cleaning requires awareness. That’s so true especially after being shut in all winter!

  8. 4.3.24
    Christine said:

    I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed recently and I love these tips! I’m definitely going to reflect on what’s important and try to whittle down my commitments.

    • 4.4.24

      Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling overwhelmed. I hope taking those steps help & you start to feel a little less stressed!!

  9. 4.3.24
    Anthuwin cupido said:

    It’s so important to have a spring clean now and then in your life, but it’s also a process that takes time, effort, and commitment.

    • 4.4.24

      Absolutely! It’s not always easy but always worth it, especially if we want to see growth and changes n our lives!

  10. 4.3.24
    LG said:

    This was a great reminder! Intentional is my word for this year too. And like you, I hit a reading slump. Trying to do better with it. My goal for this month from the list of tips you provided is to make more room for the people who add color to my life.

    • 4.4.24

      I love that we picked the same word!! I found it’s so much easier to live by a “word” rather than putting heavy expectations on myself to complete my resolutions. That’s great though, so important to surround ourselves with people who build and lift us up!

  11. 4.3.24
    Courtney said:

    Spring cleaning is so great, thanks for sharing!

  12. 4.3.24
    Elizabeth said:

    What a great idea! Spring cleaning, but not for the house, for the whole life! Brilliant.