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Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Robyn Purchia

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How to Have a Divine Cleaning Experience

It’s well accepted that a clean environment is good for the body, mind, and spirit. But people often over look the simple spiritual joy the process of cleaning can bring. Now that spring is upon us and cleaning is on our minds, why not enjoy beautifying your space. Here are four simple steps to have a divine cleaning experience.

Step 1: Find the Element of Fun

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In Mary Poppins Julie Andrews wisely said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – snap! – the job’s a game!” The lesson: with the right attitude, cleaning can be more of a joy than a drudgery. When you clean you’re bringing order, harmony, and beauty to your environment; it’s a source of pride and accomplishment — a spiritual act. So channel your inner Mary Poppins, sing a song, snap your fingers, and make cleaning a game.

Step 2: Recharge Yourself By De-cluttering

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We all have that drawer, shelf, closet, office, or bedroom that feels just a little too full. It may be stuffed with relics from an earlier life or unnecessary things you bought because they could be useful or were on sale. Gretchen Rubin, author of The New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, wrote that she was initially overwhelmed by the clutter in her house. But once she started to de-clutter, she felt exhilarated. It is empowering to create space and let go of things you no longer need. So recharge your spirit by clearing out that closet.

Step 3: Invite Nature In

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Cleaning isn’t just about dusting and organizing; it’s about making your space more harmonious, more beautiful. And what’s more harmonious and beautiful than nature? Research shows that placing flowers and plants around a room improve indoor air quality, your mood, and your creativity. Natural light and natural air also provide spiritual benefits. So why not throw back your curtains, open your windows, and place some potted plants on the table? Not only will your room be more beautiful, but your spirit will thank you.

Step 4: Embrace the Beauty

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Part of the pleasure in cleaning is seeing how beautiful your space looks when you’re done. Unfortunately, most people fail to fully embrace this stage of the process. Maybe they’re too tired or too amped for the next activity to sit down and enjoy how great everything looks. Isn’t it great to have so much space in your closet? Doesn’t your table look wonderful when its dusted? How great does the air smell? When you’re done, give yourself a moment to pat yourself on the back and give your spirit a squeeze. You’re a go-getter!

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About the Author

I'm an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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