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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Healing Power of Spring Cleaning!

Happy #firstdayofspring! What better time to talk about spring cleaning and how a little de-cluttering can help with lasting sobriety? For many young adults recovering from drug or alcohol abuse, spring cleaning can be seen as a fresh start – to clean and organize and to make room for your new, sober life. 

In other words, de-cluttering can give you the chance to create space for mental and emotional growth. This is because stacks of paperwork and piles of laundry, while seemingly harmless, can rob your environment of peace. What’s more, it can drain your time, energy and confidence. 

Luckily, a few simple steps can help you tackle spring cleaning, minus the stress:
  1. Start small. You’ll be amazed by how much cleaning you can get done during the week if you prioritize one small area per day. De-clutter one half of your closet; a corner of your kitchen counter; or one area of your desk.
  2. Stop paper before it starts. Unopened mail can easily turn into an overwhelming mountain of paperwork. To avoid this, be sure to open your mail immediately and decide whether to toss it, act on it, or file it. 
  3. Rid yourself of items that remind you of using. Whether it’s a concert T-shirt or business card from your favorite bar, there’s no place for items that may trigger a relapse. 
  4. Unsubscribe from email lists. Take five minutes each day and unsubscribe from those emails cluttering your inbox. This is especially important if any of the blogs or emails remind you of your old life or tempt you into spending money you don’t have. 
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