Day 135: Spring Cleaning My Life

I had an interesting incident recently that inspired me this morning.  I read an article online about spring cleaning your social media.  The gentleman was talking about cleaning your profiles, revamping your descriptions, changing your images and getting rid of those who never comment, never post anything or are always negative.  The idea is that you get rid of the old to make space for the new.

I am adapting this idea to spring cleaning my life.  There are so many projects that are half-baked in my life.  I think making space for that is leaving me no space for the goodies ahead.  So today, I start this process, because the good thing about a resolution is that you can create it and start it whenever you want.

My first order of business is to move away from the victims.  I don’t mean the person that has the occasional break down, we all have those.  I’m talking about the whiners.  Have you ever noticed those in your life?   They are not nice people and they can’t hide it.  Eventually, their mean streak comes out.  They are those people in your life that never have something good to share.  They complain about their lives, they cannot be happy for you and they attack you when you least expect them to.  Delete them.

The second thing is those projects you have around your home and office.  Take a good look at each and every single one of them.  If you think you can get the project going in the next week, keep it.  If you think it would be fun for later, get rid of it.  If you decide to go back to it later, then you will come up with better options then.

The third step is your bills.  Figure out exactly what and who you owe money to.  This is not only your credit cards.  This include any medical bills, house bills, car bills, everything that can be a money drain.  Start from the highest APR or the lowest amount, do what works for you.  Make a list and a plan to pay them off and get going on it.

The last one is going to be you.  This one is the most challenging and fun of all.  What do you like about yourself?  What do you want to keep?  What kind of things do you do that you can either do without or work to improve?  Get to work.

For me, I am starting with the millions of emails and mailing lists I belong to.  I don’t need half of them.  I am deleting those.  Then I will work on some projects and if I cannot move them forward between today and tomorrow, I will get rid of them.

It so happens I already started the list of bills.  I’m only missing the medical bills and I will have a great picture of what to work on.  The last item is what I want to work on myself.  I have this bad habit of not trusting my first instinct.  I don’t believe in first impressions.  I do believe in something that is more of a vibe.  Has this ever happened to you?  You meet a person, you don’t know if you should like them or not.  They do not have your principles or morals.  You decide to give them the benefit of the doubt, even though there is something fishy about them.  They do something to you.  There is your proof.  Then you spend a while trying to figure out why you did not trust your gut from the beginning.

The other thing I need to change is to go back to being fun-loving, care free and not taking life so seriously.  This one is going to take a lot more effort.

So what are you working on to spring clean your life?  Leave a comment below and don’t forget to share.

Clearing up Your Space

When I say Spring Cleaning, what do you think about?  Do you think about cleaning the closets and giving your old clothes to charity?  Do you think about getting rid of the clutter in the home?  How do you clear up your space?

Let me be frank, I do cleaning whenever I feel my apartment is cramped.  It all stems from moving to Florida three years ago and leaving all my possessions back home.  I don’t know what it was about moving here with a suitcase and a couple of thousand dollars.  We did not have a lot of things, and I felt really free.

Now, I actually have furniture and ever so often I feel cramped.  And I start cleaning up.  And for the coming Fall, I extend my clearing madness to the internet.  Now I don’t care if you are an entrepreneur, a writer or a social media butterfly.  We all need to clear up the space every once in a while.  In my case, this is the year that I clear up all the social media insanity.  If I want negative energy, there are other ways to get it, like TV.  I want my friends to be positive, insightful and creative.  So I started eliminating any source of negative energy I had on my Facebook account and the results are wonderful.

So how do you clear up your space?  Share with me your tips.  I’m always looking forward to new ideas.  Leave them on the comment section below.

this is the before
This is how it used to look, just to give you an idea of what I consider clutter. Do you agree?