Spring is our family’s season of desperation.
“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”
~ Tony Robbins
You know the season. The one that has more obligations than time. The one where you sleep less, eat out more, and pray that you didn’t forget something. But you did. The one that makes you most anxious, most frustrated, and most happy. And there is a rumor floating around that this season makes you a better person. If you survive.
Our family’s spring desperation is brought on by baseball. As in, three sons playing baseball. We need to make room for baseball and all that spring brings. Big room. We need to declutter.
Most decluttering tutorials tell us how to rid our lives of stuff, which is definitely a good thing.
Declutter: to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc.
But desperation calls for something that addresses the anxiety beyond mere environmental decluttering. Desperation calls for purging:
Purge: to clear of guilt, to cause evacuation from, to make free of something unwanted
Spring encourages me to dig deep. I’ve already purged chocolate from my life. Need I say more? No, but I will say, for example, that my desk is a mess. Desperate times demand a functioning and attractive workspace. Yet, I’m tempted to procrastinate and avoid organizing it because of our wild schedule. I need to purge my mind of misleading thoughts that are coming between me and my awesome desk. Overcoming the psychological barriers to cleaning your messy desk encourages readers to:
Exercise emotional agility: to surf the wave of the urge as it comes up, rather than immediately get pushed over by it. This technique helps dieters and smokers resists temptation–and could help clutterers navigate the anxiety they have of letting go. This leads to a bigger conclusion: to not believe every worry, emotion, or want that our brain regions throw into our minds.
I can imagine myself surfing the wave of spring anxiety right to the desk of my dreams.
As they say in baseball, I need to keep my head in the game. How to free your mind: 15 decluttering tips shares great suggestions on how to keep focused. For example:
10. Do less. Take your ‘to-do’ list and cross off half the things on it. Just pick a few things to get done today, and focus on those. Let the rest go away. If you do less, you’ll have less on your mind.
11. Go slower. Seems kinda weird, I know, but walking and talking and working and driving slower can make a very big difference. It’s kind of like you’re saying, “I’m not willing to rush through life, no matter what artificial time demands others are putting on me. I want to take it at my pace.” And as a result, your mind is less harried as well.
12. Let go. Worrying about something? Angry about somebody? Frustrated? Harboring a grudge? While these are all natural emotions and thoughts, none of them are really necessary. See if you can let go of them. More difficult than it sounds, I know, but it’s worth the effort.
Ready? Do less. Set? Go slower. Let… Go. To make room for spring, baseball, and peace of mind.
Do you have a desperation season? What is your spring like? Any baseball fans out there? Tell me more, please 🙂
Sending Arizona sunshine your way ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc