In my soul there has been a stirring. There is change coming. I don’t even have to look for my shadow to know that the winter will soon be over. Just as March may come in “like a lion,” it will go out “like a lamb.” Spring will be here soon, and there are preparations to be made.

Spring isn’t just a “new” season because it is next in line. Spring is a season of newness. From the green beginning to push its way up from the snowy ground, to the ducklings that will soon waddle to the water, and the newborns that will soon stand on wobbly legs; spring is a time of new birth. It is a time when new things, within the proper conditions, can take root and achieve rapid growth.

As individuals, we start what is called “spring cleaning.” We empty closets and drawers and garages. We wash windows and floors, and clean areas we haven’t seen since this time last year. Is this searching for dust bunnies a hygienic fetish or does it mean more?

The seasons in our lives our influenced by the way we transition between them. Especially spring! For the new growth to come forth there must have been pruning away of the old growth. This allows plants to focus all their reproductive energy on bringing forth life rather than simply maintaining it. This is a time to plant, with the size and the quality of a harvest sometimes drastically affected by only days between when seed is sown.

Cleaning our “house” physically and spiritually is like the pruning. It makes way for the new growth in our lives. Whether you are cleaning out your home office or changing out some outdated attitudes, sometimes “cleaning” projects can look so big that getting started can be overwhelming. Rome wasn’t built in a day; don’t try to change everything in one day.

• Instead of trying to tackle a huge project all at once, break projects down into tasks of a manageable size.

• Working in increments of 15-30 minutes at a time, begin working on identified tasks.

• Most importantly…measure how far you have come, rather than how far you have to go.