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Monday
May012017

How to Use Spring as Fantastic Clutter Antidote

The greening of spring is magnificent this year. The abundance of rain we’ve experienced in the past month has created the incredibly beautiful, lush blooms. I’ve been feeling a strong pull to spend more time outside so that I can drink in the changing landscape. Each day nature offers up new gifts, just waiting to be noticed.

Just yesterday, our first white iris opened. As I walked down the front path, I crouched down so that I could better see the bloom and take in its sweet candy-like scent. Time stood still. There were no lists, to dos, or clutter racing around my head. All doing was suspended for a few brief moments as I delighted in experiencing this new flower.


It was a quiet, mindful moment.

 

Throughout the remainder of the day, between the doing and getting things done, I kept returning to the iris. I visited it again and again, appreciating its scent and lovely paper-thin petals. It kept me grounded in the present. It allowed me to let go of my mind clutter and focus on what was right in front of me.

Perhaps you’re experiencing challenges with overwhelm, clutter, or lack of time. If so, you’re not alone. Change is possible. Pause for mindful moments. They might just be a surprising antidote to your clutter and overwhelm challenges. Incorporating more mindful moments into your day will shift your perspective and help you navigate the changing landscape.

What have you been noticing this spring? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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When I got back from the conference I saw that my lilac was blooming. I made my husband come outside and smell it. I think he thought I was silly, but I am a believer in engaging the senses to experience your environment. Smell is something that the digital world does not (yet) offer, and it has tremendous power to grab my attention. It is so important to allow yourself to be still, be aware, be mindful.

May 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

This reminds me of an iris we had in our garden when we had our house - it was rich purple and the sweetest smell you can imagine. Now that we don't have a garden, I take great pleasure in walking around my neighbourhood and seeing everything coming into bloom, especially the tulips. They come in so many different shapes and colours!

May 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

We had to put my dog down recently because she was very old 16 years old and had several infections. It was sad and I am still recovering, but this past weekend, the first weekend she was gone, I found that I could take care of tasks I haven't been doing because my dog needed all my attention. I transplanted a 25+-year-old plant into a larger pot. I transplanted a 15-year-old plant that needed a new pot and another one that needed more soil. All of them needed TLC and it was way overdue. Today, I was looking at them to see how they were doing and noticed new leaves growing. They truly needed it and it was nice to see that what I did helped them.

It's important to remember when you have all your attention on one thing, other tasks become less important. After one responsibility ends another opens for you to deal with and that is OK.

May 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Seana- How exciting that your lilacs are in bloom! We don't have lilac bushes, but I've been enjoying everyone else's...and stop to smell them every chance I get. This afternoon I took a walk with my Mom. We were on the hunt for all the beautiful blooms, including lilacs...and we found a few to stop and sniff. I'm with you 100% on "engaging the senses." And believe it or not, someone has invented smell for the digital world. Check out this #5 on this post: http://theothersideoforganized.com/blog/2014/3/4/what-are-todays-interesting-finds-v1.html

@Janet- Your purple iris sounded beautiful and fragrant. I LOVE purple irises. I'm with you as far as receiving pleasure from looking at flowers (mine or others.) It's one of the joys of this season. Tulip season in New York is pretty much over, but I enjoyed seeing them when they were blooming. Happy "hunting!"

@Sabrina- My heart goes out to you, for the loss of your beloved dog. I can only imagine how lucky your pup was to have you for their family. What a beautiful thing that you turned your giving energy into bringing new life somewhere else. Sending love and hugs your way.

May 1, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Our yard is blooming! Our azaleas popped and look beautiful, our apple tree blossoms are so pretty and our lilacs smell amazing. I've started cutting clippings the last two weeks and filling bud vases around the house. It's kind of nice to have this beautiful and fragrant eye candy to focus on instead of the pile of laundry in the corner and the toys strewn all over the floor! Nature is such a nice distraction from the to-do's.

May 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

Sarah- Your landscape sounds amazing! I can see and smell all the good visuals and scents from here :) How lovely too that you're bringing some of outside indoors to enjoy. I like to think of nature as an "enhancement" rather than a distraction, but I do know what you mean. Especially this time of year, I'd much rather be outside than indoors getting things crossed off my list.

May 2, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

The green trees and the blue sky are all happy reminders of sunny times ahead. The signs of summer are here. The change to summer and the move to slower times are welcome!

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

I'm in the process of creating a garden at my house. Last fall I planted jasmine on a chain link fence. They were small plants which have now grown and are just starting to bloom. They have a wonderful scent. I have no doubt that in a few years the entire chain link fence will be covered with these magnificent plants! For now, I'm enjoying helping them to grab onto the fence and the scent of the few flowers they have produced.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Ellen- I love finding those "happy" indicators like blooming, bright skies and warm weather. Spring and summer are particularly favorite seasons of mine. I love the lighter weight clothing and longer days of light. And as you said too, the summer often brings a slower, much welcome pace.

@Diane- Ooooo! Jasmine plants! How wonderful. I've never seen them before and can only imagine how gorgeous they look in addition to their intoxicating scent. I love Jasmine tea and the wonderful fragrance. Are the plants similar in fragrance? I hope you'll write a post about your plants along with a photo. You take such great care of your garden. It's lucky to have your TLC and patience.

May 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love this reminder to literally "stop and smell the roses" (or any flower that's blooming!). I'm in the midst of a very busy time right now and from time-to-time each day I start feeling overwhelmed. I am consciously trying to breathe, grab a tea or a glass of water, and sit for a few minutes of solitude... wherever I can find it. My garden is just starting to really bloom so my front porch is a welcome retreat.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHilda Rodgers

@Hilda- Especially when we're busy, that "pause" is so important. Kudos to you for finding ways to honor that breathe and manage the overwhelm. Developing an awareness that we need that pause is key. The actually pausing is really quite simple IF we remember that it's available to us at any moment. Enjoy your garden as it begins to bloom. I LOVE this time of year!

May 15, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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