I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for winter to come to an end. Adios thermal underwear, hello shorts! Happily, the spring equinox occurs on March 20th this year, and it’s feeling warmer already! The equinox marks the two times each year at which day and night are equally balanced. In Feng Shui philosophy, the vernal equinox indicates the moment at which the excess of dark, cold, passive yin energy shifts into balance with the bright, hot, active yang energy. We move away from the extended hours of darkness and move into the longer daylight hours. Most importantly, it symbolizes a time for a new cycle of growth and expansion. We spent the last few months hibernating in winter, and now is the time when the energy of spring sprouts and pushes through the dormant earth. Feng Shui principles encourage us to peek into those dark closets, open up all the windows, and really start shifting the energy in our spaces. In Feng Shui, we seek to release stale stuck energy and welcome in new vibrant life energy. Appropriately enough, according to the Chinese Almanac, this year’s spring equinox falls on a day that’s not much good for anything but substantial cleaning and repairs to your home or workspace. So what better way to observe the vernal equinox than to start some eco-spring cleaning with the help of a little Feng Shui?
2. De-Clutter Your Closet As you pack up your sweaters, thermal underwear and other winter clothing, set aside a box for items that have not been worn in the last three years. Then do the same as you unpack your spring and summer closet. If there are things that are in poor condition, you can still donate those items to textile recycling. There are organizations that collect usable as well as unusable clothing and shoes. The unusable shoes and textiles can be made into rags or shredded and recycled for other uses. Keep in mind that in Feng Shui, if your closet is full you will have room for nothing new. This applies literally and metaphorically. If your closet is so full, you will have no space to accept new opportunities. There is no room to grow. So, recycle anything that you don’t need, and create a vacuum for the universe to bring something new and fantastic in your life.
Image via Shutterstock 1. Peer Under Your Bed Your bed is tied closely to your personal energy, but we often forgot or avoid cleaning underneath. While you’re down there, maybe it’s time to reorganize and clear out anything you have stored that hasn’t been used in the last three years. Donate to those than can use them. Clutter under the bed symbolizes subconscious blocks in your personal life and relationships. After you’ve cleared out underneath your bed, clean up the dust with a vacuum, or my favorite eco-cleaning tool is a microfiber mop or cloth. Not only does the microfiber do a superb job of picking up the dust and dirt without water, it’s reusable. You can throw it in the wash and use it over and over again.
3. Deep Clean the Refrigerator The refrigerator is an important appliance in your home, and it represents boundaries in life and how you nourish yourself. It’s a good idea to have a well-stocked refrigerator, but not too full and not too empty. Or as we say in Feng Shui, not too yin, and not too yang. With our spring cleaning considerations, it’s opportunity to deep clean and de-cluttter. Empty out the refrigerator and remove anything expired, old and/or spoiled. Spoiled and expired food symbolizes neglect of one’s overall health. If possible compost the organic material, or find a compost drop off location and recycle or reuse the glass and plastic containers. When you clean the interior of the refrigerator, I prefer to use natural non-toxic cleaners such as baking soda to scrub and a mixture of vinegar, water and eucalyptus essential oil to wipe down and disinfect. Then open up a new container of baking soda to absorb any odors in your newly organized and clean refrigerator.
Image via Shutterstock 4. Open Up and Clean the Windows In Feng Shui, the windows represent the eyes and mouths of the inhabitants of the home. Therefore windows should be kept in good repair and operable. Dirty and dusty windows can affect your ability to see and communicate with the world. Cleaning the glass as well as the frames and sills of your windows is definitely an essential checklist item. Instead of a toxic commercial glass cleaner, try a green option or make your own using 1 part vinegar and 1 part water with newsprint. Once your windows are squeaky clean, not only will your home look brighter and cleaner, you will also be able to see clearly into the world around you.
5. Check Your Front Door Walk outside to your front door, and take a good look at what you see. Make sure to clean your front door of any dirt and dust. Clean around and inside the door jamb and frame as well as the edges of the door, where dust collects – these areas are often overlooked. Take care to sweep under the welcome mat, and the whole entry area in general, including any dark corners. It also may be time to get a new welcome mat. Ideally you want to get one that is almost the same width as your front door. The entry to your living space is something you see everyday as you come home, and it affects you and your mood. The influence of a clean and cared for entry will give your home and your visitors a sense of place and stability.
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