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Fall Cleaning: 6 Ways To Change Your Life With The Season

We have all heard about spring cleaning, but why can’t we do this in the fall as well?

It’s a change of season, it’s a welcome into the last months of the year, and it’s a good excuse for a change. Why not take advantage of it?

Now I’m not just talking about doing a deep clean of your home or apartment (but we will briefly get into that as well). I’m talking about doing an evaluation of your life, or a deep clean of your life. Have you stuck to those resolutions you made earlier this year? Are you where you wanted to be at this point of the year? And, most importantly, are you happy?

Now, how can we go about all of this and do a fall cleaning of our lives?

Start with actual cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but when my house is a mess (particularly my bedroom), I feel like my life is a mess as well. Once I take the time and actually clean everything, put things back where they are supposed to be, and so on, I feel as though it’s a metaphor for putting my life back together as well.

Looking at that clean room, seeing everything in order and glowing, gives me a sense of relief, and a sense of direction. This may just be how my brain works, but I’m sure some of you are reading that and nodding your head. Sometimes, you need to physically do something (like the act of cleaning) to help put things in perspective for other aspects of your life.

Spend a few hours each week over the next month or two going through each room in your home. Go through items that can be donated, recycled, or sold. Then, break out the Clorox and do the actual cleaning. Get rid of dust bunnies and give everything a solid wipe down.

Go through your clothing. 

The change in seasons (especially going from your spring/summer wardrobe to your fall/winter wardrobe) is the absolute perfect time to go through your clothing to see what you actually still wear, and what you do not. There is no reason to still be holding on to those college clothes from over five years ago, if you have not worn them since college! All it is is taking up space that could be used for something else.

As we enter into the fall season and you are putting your spring/summer clothes away, go through them and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in a couple of years.

Additionally, as you are taking out your fall/winter clothes, do the same thing. There are so many organizations you can donate this clothing too, allowing you to do some good and in turn I am sure you will feel good about yourself. Additionally, if you want to make some extra cash, selling your clothes is the perfect solution.

Harvest bouquet c/o The Bouqs Co.

Go through things you have been hanging on to. 

How many times have you gotten something – whether that be a gift, mail, etc. – and just stuffed it in a closet and forgotten about it? I’m guilty of it, and I’m sure that you are as well.

If you have forgotten about it, that likely means that you do not use it or need it, which means you can get rid of it. Open up space in your house/apartment/room. Make some extra money by listing it on eBay. Donate it to a flea market or an organization that can use whatever item it is. Or, if it’s old and useful to anyone, throw it out. Make more room for things you actually need, or just enjoy more open space!

Reflect on your goals.

Did you have specific goals you wanted to reach this year? This is a perfect time to reflect on them and to see if you have reached them, surpassed them, or are not there yet. If you have not reached them, that’s okay! There’s still plenty of time to do so.

Sometimes, in the chaos of every day life, we forget about the goals we have made, which is why it’s important to spend some time reflecting on them and assessing whether we have actually reached them or not.

If you have reached them, congratulations! Make another goal for yourself. If you have not reached them, it’s totally okay. Make a list of things you want to do that will help you reach your goal.

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Reflect on your relationships. 

We have all been in situations that can be toxic, and sometimes, we do not always realize we are in them.

If you are in a one-sided relationship – whether that be a romantic relationship or a friendship – take a moment to think about it. Is this person causing you more drama, anxiety, anger than happiness? I don’t have to tell you that those are not good things. You may not need him or her in your life. Relationships change, and sometimes, they unfortunately end.

Reflect on yourself.

Many times, we forget to take a step back and look at ourselves as a whole – whether or not we have reached our goals, our relationships, our health, our job, and, our happiness. Use this change in seasons as an excuse for that. Are you happy? This may seem like a simple question, but it may lead you to take that deep think that you have not yet taken.

Sometimes, we do not realize that we are not truly happy. Sometimes, we actually know what aspect of our life is not making us happy but we choose to ignore it. Now is the perfect time to figure that out, and make a change, if necessary. You deserve to be happy every season, but use this fall cleaning as a time to truly reflect on yourself.

If you have never tried the process of physically cleaning as a metaphor for your life that I describe above, give it a go. It just may work for you as well and give you that perspective and direction you have been looking for.

The change in seasons, especially the change from warmer weather months to colder weather months, is the perfect time to do this deep clean, both of your home and of your life. Set yourself up on the right path, a happier path, and a cleaner path, right in time for the new year. You may just find that you are seeing yourself grow, in more ways than one.

About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts '13 and a Master of Arts '14. She is currently working on social media and event planning in the nonprofit world while blogging on the side about the Mets. Her interests include The Mets, The Patriots, iced coffee, Greece, and escaping to tropical islands. Her long term career goal is to continue to share her story and experiences to help as many people as she can.

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