Spring is a time of new life and new possibilities! Don’t you just love how gentle breezes and sunshine refreshes your spirit and makes you smile? Last week, a beautiful tree in my yard started to bloom. Today I was greeted by pretty purple irises by my driveway. I have been watching a mama duck sit on her nest of 11 eggs for almost 4 weeks. Each morning I check for signs of new little ducklings! It reminds me of the time when my children were young and we filled up a big poster board with the wonderful things in nature we discovered each day.
It can be a season of new possibilities for you, too. It is the perfect opportunity for trying new strategies that can bring new results. Don’t allow yourself to stay stuck in the past. Just because your kitchen counter has always been cluttered with receipts and mail doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Just because your family room has always looked like a disaster area doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Just because your linen closet has always been overflowing with towels and sheets doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
Consider these new possibilities!
Clutter seems to find a way to sneak into our homes. We tend to just let it pile up and try to ignore it, but it always seems to be in the way. Who is in charge here? Why do we let this uninvited intruder stay? Maybe it is time for an eviction notice! You home is your personal space, your special refuge from the world. Boldly reclaim that space to serve the purposes of your current season of life.
Let this new season be a time for fresh thinking! Set new standards for keeping things. Retrain your mind to look at your surroundings differently by asking questions, such as:
“Is this useful?”
“Is this beautiful?”
“When will I use this again?”
“Who needs this more than I do?”
The things we have in our homes should truly delight our hearts. They should make us smile. They should fill our hearts with joy. They should reflect what is most important in our lives. Melissa Michaels says it this way in her fantastic book, Love the Home You Have,
Our homes should be a welcome haven from the noise and chaos of the outside world.
We should be able to be restored and refreshed, not overwhelmed and burdened, by the things we see, touch, or smell. You might be surprised to realize a measure of joy just by reducing the volume of items in your home. It will be easier to find things and easier to put things away. And that simple reality will make you smile!
Don’t stockpile the past.
Don’t be afraid of the future.
Give yourself permission to embrace and enjoy a fresh new season of life!
What is your favorite sign of spring?