How to supercharge your annual spring clean

As you spring clean your home this year, don’t just dust around your clutter and ignore it. Give your life an inspiring boost by clearing all your clutter out too.

Spring cleaning

There’s a natural instinct at this time of year, when flowers bloom and birds begin to sing, to shake off the dregs of winter and thoroughly spring clean your home.

Spring cleaning is a tradition in many cultures around the world. But our modern lifestyle needs something more. Cleaning is good, but it’s not enough. To really harness the forces of Nature and make a fresh start to the new cycle of seasons, spring cleaning will work so much better if you declutter too.

How to motivate yourself

Begin by making a tour of your home with paper and pen in hand. Imagine that next week a major film crew will be coming to make a documentary about who you are by examining how you live. They will be filming all your rooms and the deepest, darkest recesses of all your closets and drawers. It will be broadcast to the whole world for everyone to see.

What would you want to change between now and then? What would you want to tidy, clutter clear, repair, or improve in some way? In what ways does your outer environment not feel in keeping with the person you really are or would like to be?

Your home is a mirror of yourself, and everything in it says something about you. When there are areas that are neglected, untidy, or crammed full of clutter, they reflect some part of your life. My clients stand open-mouthed in astonishment as I tell them things about themselves I couldn’t possibly know otherwise, just by observing the type of clutter they have and where it is located in their home. Everything you own affects you in some way.

6 simple steps to declutter and spring clean your home

Spring cleaning

1. Open some windows to create a circulation of air

This will freshen the space and make your job easier to do.

2. Gather your cleaning equipment and materials

The longer you’ve had your clutter, the grimier it will be. Take your cleaning gear with you from area to area and room to room. Declutter first and then clean.

3. Use ‘The Four Categories of Clutter’ to help you to identify clutter

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized
  • Too many things in too small a space
  • Anything unfinished

4. Tackle small, easier areas first

Start with the small jobs and you’ll discover a seemingly magical thing that happens when you do – each area you declutter and clean releases energy for you to do more.

5. Use ‘The Clutter Test’ to help you decide what to keep and what to let go

1) Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
2) Do I absolutely love it?
3) Is it genuinely useful?

If the answer is not a resounding yes to question 1 and an equally resounding yes to either question 2 or 3, then what is it doing in your life?

6. Dispose of your clutter as quickly as you can

The final step is to let your clutter go in whatever way works best for you – donating, selling, gifting, and so on. Things that have no more useful life in them may need to be thrown away. Make a decision about each item and send it on its way as quickly as you can.

The rewards

Decluttering takes more effort than just spring cleaning, it’s true. But it’s so worthwhile. After cleaning all the grungy areas and clearing out all your clutter, many people report that there seems to be a new quality of light in their home, as if everything looks brighter, more distinct, more defined.

And here’s the best bit. Because you are connected to your home, the effects will also permeate you. Decluttering your home creates more clarity in every aspect of your life. Your home will feel better and you’ll feel more alive too.

Need help?

If you need more motivation or help, I have three different avenues I can offer:

Read or listen to Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
With sales of over two million copies in 26 languages, this book is very motivating and has become a must-read classic in its field. Available in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

Take my Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course
The next course starts on May 5, 2021 and is for anyone who would appreciate the camaraderie of a lovely group of people who are all clutter clearing together, with my help and support. It’s very affordable too – just £75 for 21 days (plus 20% VAT if you live in the UK). It’s the most popular course I teach and people from over a dozen countries have already signed up to take it. – More information

Book an Online Clutter Clearing session with Richard Kingston
If you prefer one-on-one help, Richard’s your man. With his unbounded enthusiasm, he’ll help you to sort through your clutter in record time and enjoy doing it too! – More information

Book an In-Person or Online Clutter Clearing session with one of our certified practitioners
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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fourth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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