Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") examines how the placement of things and objects within your living space affect the energy flow, and how these objects interact with and influence your personal energy flow (qi).
This Chinese practice, whose roots are over 5,000 years old, is based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what's happening inside us. When the external energy flow hits barrier after barrier (like clutter around the house), it stagnates - in turn influencing stagnation in your qi.
As clutter builds, daily tasks can become more challenging, you may feel tired, irritable, frustrated. Material clutter leads to mental clutter. A cluttered environment is inherently a visual and psychic drain. It may subconsciously increase anxiety or tension. It is mentally distracting, and can create feelings of being overwhelmed or out of control.
Easily overlooked, clutter accumulates quite secretly and quietly over time, and because of this it is easy to build up a "blindness" to it. Rethink the stack of magazines next to the sofa - is it reading you need to catch up on, or is it an unused pile that just keeps creeping taller and taller?
An organized home or work environment encourages a sense of calm - when you can see the PLACE and not the THINGS, you are better able to focus on the here and now.
Clearing clutter puts you in control. Control over the stuff, control over your mental well-being, control over the energy flow through your home and through you.
Transform your space into a peaceful sanctuary which supports your mental & emotional well being:
Consider each item you pick up. Should it stay where it is? Does it need to be put somewhere else? Do you need it at all?
Learn to let go. It is easy to become emotionally attached to stuff we don't really need. Has it been a year since you've worn that blouse? Then it sounds like you probably won't wear it anytime soon either - time to get rid of it.
If you buy something new, get rid of the old. If you find a beautiful set of wine glasses, donate one of your old sets when you bring it home.
Buy less. I ask myself 3 questions each time I buy something. (Really, I do.) Do I truly want this? How often will I use this? Where will I put it? The answers make or break the purchase.
3 Good Areas to Start the Process:
You spend at least a third of your life in this room. Remove items that cause visual and electromagnetic (EMF) clutter. Boxes and exercise equipment don't really belong here. Find an extra laundry basket and hang hooks on the walls for clothing that may otherwise end up on the floor.
Get rid of electronic gadgets - the TV, the laptop, the tablet, your phone... not only do those things clutter up the space, they clutter up the air with sleep-disturbing electromagnetic frequency and points of light distracting to the subconscious.
The kitchen is the center of the home, digestion, and preparation of food for your vital life. Clutter easily piles up in the back of the fridge, pantry, and cabinets. Organize pans so it's easy to access them when you are fatigued and hungry. Being able to see what food you have available will simplify meal planning and remove a barrier to eating healthier!
Replace plastic wraps and plastic storage containers with glass storage dishes to decrease your body burden of plastic residue. Safely dispose of that pile of harsh chemical cleaners under the sink, many of which you probably haven't used for years. We have some suggestions for healthier products.
In Feng shui the entrance way is considered the area where your home receives its energy to circulate through the whole space. It is the first thing you see every time you enter - a calming foyer sets the stage. Start by removing objects that aren't really needed there - recycle items, piles of shoes. Designate a space for the stuff that gets dumped there daily: keys, purses, backpacks, incoming mail.
Hang tranquil calming pictures that will set the mood. Water flowing, chimes announcing the arrival of guests, and warm colors harmonize the environment for your nurturing life at home.
Letter go of clutter often coincides with emotionally detaching from the past. It allows you to be fully in the present moment - vital and vibrant!