Rake It Up: Fall Cleaning

Everyone is big on "Spring Cleaning." Out with the old and in with the new - focusing on clearing the space and air for summer and the upcoming months. However, I found that Fall cleaning is equally (if not more) important.

The summer is always a complete whirlwind full of travel, day parties, brunches, excursions, and lots of frosé, I honestly couldn't wait for this summer to end, so I could finally sit down, focus, and get my mind right. This particular summer was draining because I went through a horrible breakup on top of the stress from work, every day adulting, and summer fun, so I really needed to breathe and declutter my entire life.

After deep cleaning, opening windows and smudging my house with sage, I started bagging up clothes that I haven't worn in years to donate to the Goodwill and other charities, so I could make room for new Fall and Winter items. It was very liberating to snatch clothes off the racks in my closet and toss them into trash bags. In this moment, I realized that it is not only important to clean your physical space and get rid of tangible items, but it's important to clean all aspects of your life: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.

It's important to clean all aspects of your life: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.

I'm all about self care and protecting peace and energy. As we enter into the last months of the year (thank ya Jesus!), we need to take a look at our lives and make sure that we are taking care of ourselves in addition to not carrying any unnecessary baggage in any area of our lives. Who wants to carry that around when going into a new year? We have too much other stuff to worry about on a daily basis, so let the baggage go.

Here are a few ways that I raked it up during my Fall cleaning sessi

  • Deep cleaned my house. I have OCD, so I do this weekly. But there is nothing like a clean, decluttered home. It helps me relax and think clearly.

  • Cleaned my car and desk at work. I spend a lot of time in these places (probably more time than I do at home), so it's important to keep the same energy.

  • Purged my closet, cabinets, and drawers of things I haven't worn or didn't need. I donated these items to charity. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

  • Cleaned my inboxes. I deleted old emails and text messages that no longer served a purpose in my life.

  • Deleted old contacts from my phone. This is an entire process. iPhone needs a way to mass delete contacts. If anyone knows of a way, please let me know!

  • Deleted old photos from phone. There's no need to keep going down memory lane and reliving certain memories from the past that hinder my present and future.

  • Hit the gym to clear my head and get right for Summer '19 since I missed the boat this summer. I have a monthly spin class subscription, so I need to get my money's worth and actually attend class.

  • Prayed and worked on my relationship with God. I am a Christian, but I am nowhere near perfect. It was important that I focused on getting back right with the Lord since I felt that I slacked off a bit.

  • Re-evaluated my remaining goals for 2018. Focused on what I still wanted to accomplish before the new year and mapped out what I needed to do to make this happen.

  • Revisited my financial goals. I don't play when it comes to my finances. It's important to make a budget, track where my money is going, and plan accordingly.

  • Reclaimed my time by saying "no" to things I didn't really want to do and to people that didn't deserve it. Time is the one thing you can never get back - use it wisely.

  • Picked new books to read.

  • Focused on the things that made me happy! Becoming more invested in my hobbies, cooking, reading, blogging.

With that said, Fall (and any time forreal) is the perfect time to do a purge and get right. You can sit back and assess where you are with life, your current goals for the year, what goals you want to accomplish for the upcoming year, and focus on making that happen!

What do you need to rake up out of your life this Fall?

Let's finish this year with a clean space, clear mind, body, and soul. Just like we rake leaves out of our yards in the Fall, we need to rake up all the unnecessary stuff out of our lives, bag it up, and let it go.

<3 ShanMichele

And if you were wondering, yes, the title of this post was inspired by "Rake It Up" by Yo Gotti. Shoutout to my Spotify Daily Mix for the inspiration.


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