31 December 2010

New Years eve cleansing

This tree reminds me of a ballet dancer in a back bend. It also reminds me to be flexible in life. 

I'm a big believer in getting rid of that which doesn't serve you anymore. Whether it's a physical object like clothes or unread books, or something intangible like an outgrown relationship or a friendship that is draining, it's good to release these things. I have a regular rundown of things to do on New Years eve before the ball comes down:
  • vacuum and mop the floors
  • empty trash bins
  • clean out drains in bathtubs and sinks (in order not to cause further harm to the planet, I use a natural combination of 1 cup baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar, then boiling water to make sure it has all dissolved and the drain is open and working.)
  • clean closets of any clothes/shoes/hats/scarves/gloves/socks/handbags that are no longer being used, and haven't been in some time. donate to homeless shelter or other such organization.
  • clean out fridge of unused food items; if possible, put in compost. clean out cupboards of any unused food items; if possible, donate items to food bank (non perishable types)
  • clean out files of old items, shred those that need it, organize other papers for next years income taxes
  • wash all clothes in laundry basket
  • light sage smudge stick to clear out the house
  • light white candles
  • open windows to let in fresh air (depending upon where you live, you may not be able to do this part. I'm lucky enough to live someplace where I can.)

New Years eve sparks all kinds of ideas and new resolutions in everyone. I haven't put together my list yet, but I'm working on it. (we're all a work in progress, right?) 

how about you? have you thought of any resolutions? things to get rid of, or change? ways to start over and anew? I think this year will be a big one of change. Not as challenging and traumatic as last year, but still, it will have some of that too. I'm actually looking forward to it. Bring it on 2011!