Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rhythms form the structure of our daily life.
I realised lately that we’re also ruled by what I’d call ‘termly’ rhythms too.
Maybe this is the teacher in me, but I love to spend the summer in a productive and creative way.
One of the things I do is to have a really good clear out so I can start September feeling refreshed.
Creating a clean slate
When I first started work as a primary school teacher, I went into my new classroom during August to get everything ready for the start of the year.
I remember feeling incredibly disheartened by the mess that I found. I had to do a lot of clearing up before I had anything like a blank slate on which to create the bright and welcoming learning environment I wanted my new class of 7 year olds to walk into.
I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.
It wasn’t so bad once I got started.
My end of term clear out
At the end of that school year, I was determined not to leave things in a mess for the teacher that followed me. I divided my class into groups to help me clear out and clean, and together we left the classroom tidy, calm and orderly for the next class.
I felt better for it, my class loved doing it and the following year’s teacher was delighted.
Here are some of the things we did:
- Tested all our felt pens and threw out any that were no longer working.
- Sharpened all the pencils.
- Washed the painting aprons.
- Tidied all the books and made sure they were all on the right shelves.
- Found all the bits of games and construction sets that weren’t in the right tray, and put them back where they belonged.
- Emptied every drawer and wiped them clean.
- Cleared out the big mess that was under the sink and scrubbed the draining board.
- Trimmed dead leaves off the plants and left them in big trays of water so they wouldn’t die over the summer holiday.
My colleagues used to joke that they always wanted to be allocated my classroom for the new school year because they knew that it would be so clean and clear. (They also said they wanted to inherit my class because they knew they would have good work habits and be really good at tidying up!)
A summer routine
This routine became a part of my practice as a teacher. For me it made complete sense. It was something I did even if I was staying in the same classroom for another year. September was a time for fresh beginnings and I wanted to be able to walk into my classroom ready for a new term, with everything in its place and ready to go.
I guess this annual cleaning for me has become part of my summer routine.
Cleaning and clearing is so much easier when the days are long and it’s mostly warm and dry outside.
Tidying vs Clearing
Coming back from Glastonbury last month, it took me more than a week to unpack. This was mainly due to the fact that it wasn’t easy to put things away. My wardrobe needs a good sort out. My bathroom cupboards do too.
This week I had some friends come over and that motivated me to have a tidy up which has made everything look at lot better.
On the surface.
It’s easy to put things out of sight when you have to, but I know that when I open the drawers and cupboard doors there is a smell that tells me it needs clearing. Do you know that smell? It’s hard to describe. It’s quite faint, but it’s there, and it’s telling me I need to clear my space properly.
Will you join me on a space-clearing adventure this summer?
When you clear your space, you create a foundation for your whole life. You get to know yourself, trust yourself and discover what’s really important to you. You get in touch with your feelings and your inner wisdom. With the energy that releases you have time for yourself and whatever you want to put out into the world.
I’ve created the Summer Space-Clearing course to help you declutter and clear your space in a structured but kind way.
Life is busy but you have a calm, clear space inside of you and I want to help you find it.
We start with easy things, and gradually build up. Even if you’ve got a lot of stuff to clear, it soon gathers momentum.
You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in a month when you set your mind to it!
HOW IT WORKS
Summer Space-Clearing is a nurturing 30 day journey into the calm, clear space inside of you that offers you wisdom, inner knowing and a foundation for the rest of your life.
Each day you’ll receive an email from me containing a short introduction to the space-clearing theme of the day, plus easy practical steps to take you forward.
Each day will build on the last, so that by the end of August you’ll have a clean slate to start September and a space-clearing foundation for the rest of your life.
There is an optional Facebook group too. I’ll be popping in there each day to answer tricky questions and help you along if you get stuck! You can share your goals to keep you accountable plus it’s a place to share your before and after photos. Not everyone wants a group, but personally I love them!
Start your September with a clean slate by clearing your space with me this summer.
I’m excited to get started and I hope you are too!