Yesterday I had time to do a big spring clean at home even though it is August! My life is so busy that although I like to do this periodically recently I just had not been able to find the time. I cleaned from top to bottom of the house including those places that don't get done often like the lamp shades, skirting boards and the backs of cupboards etc. I even re-lined drawers with that white plastic that makes them look neat and clean, although hard work it really made me feel much better.
On the way, I managed to question a lot of the stuff I have been holding onto for a long time and also to re-evaluate my possessions and where certain things were in my house. I packaged up a lot of stuff to give away and it made some space.
I found a beautiful old Victorian white Parian China figure that I had tucked away in a bedroom when I moved to this house, I re-engaged with it, really looked at it for the first time in a long time saw its beauty again and moved it into my dining room where I can enjoy it.
It struck me how similar it is when people decide to ditch the past patterns of behaviour or old outdated beliefs that may have been lurking in the back ground and causing them problems. It's not just houses that need a good spring clean, for us as humans with all the experiences we have good and bad it is very useful to give ourselves chance to look at things evaluate and decide to ditch certain 'stuff' from the past if we need to. It can feel like a difficult thing to start but once underway usually leads to great feelings of relief and achievement, no different in many ways to the evaluation possible when giving the house and the objects in it a thorough clean; some things we decide to let go of, while others we can look at with fresh eyes and realise they have more value and are worth keeping.