Historians (aka whoever updated Wikipedia last) suggest the practical act of Spring Cleaning derives from “the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of [Passover]”. While similar practices are found throughout history in other religions and regions of the world, I think the basic gist is that we all have a pretty good idea of why we should not be on the next season of A&E’s Hoarders. This goes along with the idea of having a closet full of clothes but still not having anything to wear (ladies can I get an amen?). Similar to this cleanse comes the knowledge of knowing when to purge poor habits, friends, and environments. Every relationship that you have, including one with cupcakes, can have a negative affect on your goals. Sometimes its your job, other circumstances could be your own weekly routines. My man Heraclitus warned us that “Everything changes and nothing stands still“. This is okay. Change is strange but we must be like Portland and embrace the weird. Relationships, like most drugs, can help us or hurt us. Here are the 5 Purge Commandments for surviving a transition.
- 1. Know when to purge vs. when to fix.
- 2. Your own habits are not excluded from a purge.
- 3. Be a good friend, but don’t be stupid.
- 4. Out with the old, no need to rush the new.
- 5. Purge responsibly. Don’t be rude. Not even to sweaters.
As September trips its way on our calendars and we all pay our month’s rent and mortgages, let this Labor Day weekend be a time to reflect on the things you may want to let go of. Don’t worry, the best has yet to come. After all, Bachelor in Paradise will return next year.