Spring Cleaning

BY CONTRIBUTOR BRITTANY DEBEIKES

 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your life? I would imagine that right now you are thinking of the stuff in your bedroom, the piles on your desk at work or perhaps the never-ending To-Do list of all that menial and mundane stuff. What if I asked you specifically about the people that clutter up your life?

Do you spend some of your precious free time nurturing friendships that don’t give back and then find yourself lacking time to contribute to other meaningful relationships? What about the drama that can come from unhealthy friendships or unwanted relationships? It’s time to focus on some spring cleaning by cleansing your mind and lifestyle of this unwanted clutter.

I realize that the proposed task at hand might be daunting, but think of it as similar to cleaning out your shoe closet. Shoes that no longer fit? Out. Shoes that only hurt your feet so you dread wearing them? Out. Shoes that no longer fit with your season in life? Out. Once the clutter is gone, you are left with a much cleaner space to see the great shoe selection you had all along.

This can be the same with friendships and relationships. I am a big believer in seasons of life and some relationships are timeless, like a great pair of black pumps, and with proper attention and care, they will be with you the rest of your life. Other friendships can have a season of purpose, but then fade or wear out, to the point that they really don’t add much value to your character anymore. Just because the shoe no longer fits or is passed its lifespan, doesn’t make it a bad shoe. It served its purpose and it’s just time to move on.

Don’t let overextending yourself with exhaustive or painful relationships clutter up the space that can allow timeless and great new relationships to shine. Cleaning can be hard work and maybe it doesn’t mean throwing things away, just boxing them up to revisit another season. Are we still talking about shoes or friendships or relationships? I’ll let you decide. No matter what you choose, spring cleaning is always a great catalyst for making space for new and exciting “shoes” to come your way.

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