It’s time for a mindset spring clean

We often turn to spring cleaning at this time of year – going through our belongings, working out what no longer serves us, what we can get rid of, and what we’d like to hold on to and make more room for, coming away with a greater sense of space, clarity and a lightness in moving forward with the year ahead. The great thing is, this doesn’t have to be restricted to our physical belongings and possessions. We can do just the same with our thoughts, beliefs and mindset.


Just like spring cleaning your home, it’s time to declutter your mind and make room for thoughts that truly serve you. In this article, we’ll explore key questions to guide your mindset spring clean process so you can feel refreshed and ready to take on the year ahead.

Creating space to reflect

How do you like to think and reflect? For any kind of spring cleaning, we need to allow ourselves the space and time to sort and process with ease. In order to support your thought processing and reflection, you may like to:

  • Use mindfulness or meditation techniques to help your brain slow down, and centre yourself to feel grounded and connected with your thoughts in the present moment.
  • Use journaling as a way to write down your thoughts on paper, and give some distance to view them in order to reflect.
  • Get outside and go walking, this can be a great stimulus, getting oxygen to the brain and feeling the openness of the outdoors expand your thoughts.

Showing gratitude and letting go

Take a moment to reflect on the thoughts and beliefs you've been holding onto. Which ones have served their purpose and can be thanked for their past contributions? We can acknowledge them with gratitude and also recognise that it's time to let them go if they are not helpful and serving you in a positive way.

You can even write these thoughts down on paper and physically destroy or bin the paper as a sign of letting go. Releasing the hold of these thoughts over us can help create new space for opportunity and growth.

A question to ask yourself here can be: What thoughts or beliefs am I holding onto that I’d like to say thank you for your service, but I don’t need you now, and let go of?

Hold on and embrace

Consider the beliefs and thoughts that spark joy within you. What are the positive thoughts and beliefs that you already hold that have helped you to get where you are now?

Identify those motivational, encouraging, and inspiring thoughts that ignite a positive fire. These are the beliefs that propel you forward and align with your core values. Embrace them wholeheartedly and allow them to guide you.

A question to ask yourself here is: What are the beliefs and thoughts that really spark joy, that motivate, encourage and inspire me?


Reflect on the thoughts and beliefs that deserve to have their volume turned up. They might be thoughts and beliefs that have dimmed over the years, and become hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered. What tiny whispers exist within you that deserve to be transformed into a glorious shout from the rooftops? These are the affirmations and convictions that, when amplified, can reshape your mindset and propel you towards your aspirations.

Here you can ask yourself:

  • What thoughts and beliefs have I lost connection with?
  • What hidden gems are lurking underneath that are waiting to be rediscovered?

Let’s dust them off and bring them to the foreground again!

Whilst going through this spring clean process, make sure to hold yourself and your thoughts with bucket loads of self-compassion, with kindness and ease, and approach your thoughts with curiosity and not judgment. It might be a process that takes time to unfold, to give space for thoughts to rise to the surface.

If you’re interested in having a professional thinking partner, to support you through the process of embracing positive mindset change, do get in touch as I’d love to support.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Life Coach Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Clare Sutton, ACC ICF Life Coach / Confidence / Fulfilment / Purpose
Bristol, City of Bristol, BS7

Clare Sutton is a fully accredited Professional Life Coach (ACC ICF) supporting people to feel confident and empowered to create their most fulfilling lives, in whatever way that means for them. Her ethical and evidence-based practice offers her clients truly transformational coaching experiences.

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