De-Clutter Regularly

In many homes, the single biggest feng shui problem is clutter!

Clutter is both a cause and a symptom of stale, stuck energy. It blocks the smooth flow of chi through your space, weighs you down energetically, and keeps you stuck in the past.  Clutter makes it very difficult to make changes, take advantage of new opportunities, or welcome new friends and experiences into your life.

Clutter also makes it harder to keep your house clean. In feng shui terms, dirt and dust are a form of clutter because they clog up the flow of chi just as effectively as a glut of personal possessions does.  If you haven’t dusted in weeks and your windows haven’t been washed since last year, that dirt and dust is affecting the chi of your entire house – and your life!

A thorough cleaning and de-cluttering of your power spots is a great way to get new energy flowing to create focus and success!

One of the most obvious ways that clutter manifests is with your health.  Those people who do not regularly purge things that aren’t essential to their lives generally end up with some lung related condition.  This is where the weight usually will rest.  If you know someone who’s health is getting worse and whose issue is asthma, allergies or any kind of respiratory illness and you know that they hate to get rid of possessions…this is how clutter really gets your health and why it’s important to purge often or have a plan around organization. 

How you can use Feng Shui to create Success

You can imagine what the first rule to create success when it comes to your space will be….De-cluttering!  Of course! You have a spot in your office where you just pile up stuff and close the desk when you’re not there, you hate it but you just haven’t gotten around to organizing it.  Well I’m here to tell you that this and all those other things on your ‘to do’ list are weighing on you and distracting you from your success and ultimate potential.  When we are organized, we can focus best and achieve those goals and get it done.

When sorting through possessions, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Do I need it?
  3. Does it reflect who I am now in my life?
  4. Does it act as an environmental affirmation for me?
  5. What positive and/or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it?
  6. Does it need to be fixed or repaired, and am I willing to do so now?
  7. If I moved tomorrow, would I choose to take it with me?
  8. If it is time to let it go, am I going to sell, lend or give it away, and when?

My recommendation is to set aside 10 minutes everyday organizing that thing that is yelling out to you the most and just work on it a little at a time, like one drawer per day or something that you can manage.

Also setting up either bags or boxes in each room or designated spot that are labeled as

  1. Junk–everything to be thrown in the garbage
  2. Charity or Friends—items you no longer like that that friends or thrift stores might like.
  3. Things to Repair or alter—things that you still want to keep but that need mending.
  4. Things to sort and move—items that need to be stored somewhere else.
  5. Transitional Items—possessions you just can’t seem to let go.  Keep this bag in your garage for 6 months.  If you miss the contents get them out again, otherwise pass them on at the end of 6 months.

Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to de-clutter and let that new growing energy support your success!