As we enter spring here in the Northeast, it seems like a great
time for a "Clean Up Week" to motivate you to purge, clean, or organize
your space so you can welcome in new beginnings. So this week, here are
four ways to do just that…

1. Recycle – Go
through old magazines, books, or catalogs and get rid of them. Bring
the magazines to a doctor’s office, hair salon, or club.
the recycling bin with outdated catalogs. Donate books to your local
library or church for an upcoming sale. There are plenty of
organizations that take used books. For example, we have
here in Mass., and they’ll pick them up from your home or office. To
find an organization near you, all you need to do is put "book giveaway +
your town and state" in Google for ideas.

2. Trade
– Years ago my girlfriends and I would gather for a
give-away party where we’d bring clothes, jewelry, household items,
etc., to trade with one another. Each of us would always find a
treasure in someone else’s lot and we made it a fun social gathering to
boot! Get together with moms and dads from the neighborhood, coworkers,
or use your Life Makeover Group to organize a "Trade Treasures" party.

– This is a great time to go through clothes or
household items with an eye for sharing the wealth with those in need.
We all have things that we no longer use that could be life changing for
someone else. Your old suits or dresses could give someone a new
outfit for a job interview. Your used washing machine may be a blessing
in a family’s life. By the way, we’ve had several community members
write to say that when they donate used clothes they put a Grace
or Self-Care
in the pocket as a surprise gift for
the person who gets it. I love that idea and will be doing it myself.

Release Old Energy
– Go through the files in your office or
your contact list and let go of outdated resources, information, or old
ideas. I’ve used this strategy for years to release the old energy tied
to plans that fell through, goals that lost steam, or dreams that
fizzled out because they needed to. Make the space for new business,
great opportunities, or more creative ideas that make sense for who you
are now.

A little spring cleaning goes a long way in making space
for something great to enter your life. Consider this week’s "Take
Action Challenge" and a renewed sense of spaciousness and mental

Take Action Challenge

If there is something new
you’d like to attract – a new job, romance, friend, more money, or
clients – you’ll need to make space. Choose one idea from above and
work on it this week. Then, watch what shows up!

This week’s
video was sent to me by my mom. It’s the perfect little video when
you’re having a bad moment or when you need a reminder of how simple it
is to be happy. Thanks Mom! You can find it here.


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