“Hoarding clutter symbolizes fear of the future.” –Selena Summers
In our two immediately preceding blog posts, we’ve been talking about the principles of feng shui and our natural impulse at this time of year to clean out, clear out and shift the energies we feel in our living and work spaces.
Here’s part three on feng shui and the second blog post on clutter.
If you feel stuck, depressed, sickly or lethargic, you may well benefit from clearing clutter in your world.
The following are some helpful, easy, simple keys for decluttering. Many of these are actually unblocking “cures” (“cures” being a feng shui term).
- Think zen when reducing clutter. Keep it simple. We’ve all seen the more spartan zen environment. Put yourself in that mindset and reduce to what really and truly is necessary.
- Handle each item only once. Don’t pick up something only to put it someplace else before it eventually, months or years later ends up in the trash.
- Don’t be afraid to throw or give it away. Make the decision and just do it. You will survive! If the clutter in question are papers or receipts that seem important (outside of legal documents), remember, the IRS can randomly audit your return up to three years after the filing date or if it suspects you made an error. That deadline only extends to six years if the IRS believes you underreported income by 25 percent or more.
- Think, “Is it elegant?” If the answer is no, it’s got to go! Elegance is the epitome of feng shui.
- Go green. Go electronic. Get your bills by email and pay by automatic bill pay from your checking account. There’s a whole of lot of floating paper you’ve just eliminated from your home or office.
- Scan your receipts into your computer then throw the paper receipts away. Again, a big reduction in floating papers.
- Use storage boxes with lids and pack them carefully in an organized fashion. Use see-through boxes for easy viewing and no labeling necessary. You can get these boxes in all sizes inexpensively and they stack.
- If you’re using a file cabinet, invest in some expanding/accordion files rather than mere file folders out of which papers slip and slide.
- Arrange like items with like items when storing. The energy feels better and you’ll be able to find them easier later.
- Use smart looking decorative storage containers/chests/cubes in your living areas but be sure to pack them in an organized careful fashion. No more dumping!
- Bring plants, flowers, candles, and platonic solid objects (one of five regular geometrical solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, or icosahedron and place them in your spaces for the energy they offer.
- In energetic Spring (according to TCM), incorporate the color green (corresponding to the Wood element into your home through fabrics, plants and art.
- Cover your television screen with a beautiful tapestry when not in use.
- Make a prayer altar but clean and rearrange it often. Don’t let it accumulate dust. Add to your altar a small dish with Himalayan salt or lentils, a crystal, acorns gathered from outdoors, a pine cone, a beautiful sounding bell, a statue or picture of a saint or person you admire, all according to the way these things make you feel.
- Change out your decorative pillows, maybe even your wall art according to the season.
- Sweep tile floors often to prevent accumulation of dust in corners.
- Think handy but neat. Keeping things handy that you use all the time makes sense and preserves your energy.
- Use Himalayan salt lamps in various rooms. They charge the air with beneficial negative ions and so much more. See our blog post of last June 27 and also September 8.
- Transfer items from half opened packages to nicely sealed ones whether they’re in your cupboards, drawers or refrigerator.
- Put things away when you’re done with them. Right away. Don’t let them accumulate somewhere they don’t belong only to attract more misplaced “stuff.”
- Clear off your refrigerator, kitchen counters, desktops, and dressers as much as possible.
- Play OM, the primordial sound of the universe, or classical music as ambient music in your spaces. They will work and harmonize the energies present.
- Clear out your catch-all drawer at least once a month. You’ll find things in there you forgot you had and have been looking for all along!
- Prominently display your musical instrument if you have one right. In fact, you might want to consider purchasing one for decoration even if you don’t play it. Musical instruments have an aura all their own and representation of art and soul, they add a touch of harmonic energy to the space.
- Clear your spaces of astral imprints (the effects of predecessor energies) with sage and intention. Do the same with objects you purchase before installing in your home. When you do this in conjunction with feng shui, it works even better and faster.
- Keep your spaces clean. Clean as you go. If you see that it looks dirty, clean it right then if at all possible.
- Clear clutter in segments, one room at a time or one cupboard at a time, otherwise it could be too overwhelming and you might give up. Don’t give up. It’s worth it. Think of how great you’re going to feel!
- Don’t let your clutter be reflected in a mirror. The effect is doubled!
- Keep the front door to your home clear of clutter.
- Rearrange your furniture periodically until it feels right.
- Make a set of personal rules for clearing clutter and spaces and follow them!
“Metal types [according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)] will not relax with cat hair on the couch or dirt on the windows. Nothing distracts Metal more than clutter or disarray.” –Sharon Stasney
“In Bali… the people still live in total harmony with both the seen physical world and the unseen energy world. Daily offerings at hundreds of thousands of household shrines throughout the land and an endless procession of indescribably beautiful and very highly evolved ceremonies in the island’s twenty thousand communal temples ensure that balance and harmony are maintained. This, to me, is feng shui at its best–not just a set of principles applied to an individual building for a specific result, but a whole island of three million people in tune with the sacredness of the land and incorporating feng shui as a complete way of life.” –Karen Kingston
Alexander, Skye. 10-minute Feng Shui Room by Room: Hundreds of Easy Tips and Techniques for Prosperity, Health, and Happiness. Gloucester, MA: Fair Winds, 2006. Print.
Summers, Selena. Feng Shui in 5 Minutes. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2002. Print.
Stasney, Sharon. Feng Shui Living. New York: Sterling Pub., 2003. Print.