Home organizing can ‘clear the air’
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I cleared out some clutter last week as you suggest we do at the end of the year, but I still seem to have too many things and not enough room. Do you have any do’s and don’ts you can share?
Of course, I do! We are connected to everything in our environment, so when physical things in our environment have no “home” we mirror that internally. We feel unsettled emotionally and mentally, becoming frustrated and irritable. Putting some thought and effort into the organization of your environment is one key to mental and emotional peace. You can create smoother energy by looking at storage and organization from a feng shui perspective.
• Avoid filling your storage space completely, and donate things that you really aren’t using (as hard as that is to do). When your shelves or closets are completely full, energetically, you leave no space for something new. Full shoeboxes block new sources of support and prevent new movement; full kitchen cupboards block new opportunities for wellness; full bookshelves block new sources of wisdom, promoting stagnant thinking; and full bedroom closets show that you are not open to new relationships or ways to relate to those in your life.
• If you have a bed with storage drawers built in, only store items that have “restful” energy, such as linens, blankets and towels. Avoid shoes (symbolizing “movement”) and items from the past, such as photos of old relationships that symbolize emotional upset.
• Hooks on the back of the bathroom door are fine to hold towels, but refrain
from putting hooks on the back of all the doors in your home, especially your main and bedroom doors. Doors are the portals to the energy flow in your home and if they are overburdened, transitioning your life from one stage to the next may be difficult. Doors should open freely.
• Avoid visual overwhelm. This happens when you store everything you own that is nice, cute and meaningful on open shelves around your home. From a feng shui perspective, it is better to have only a few treasured items on display. Store the others behind closed shelving and rotate them when you need a change of energy. Themed collections can be grouped together to create a unified energy. For example, if you have many frogthemed items, place them in one place for a powerful visual.
• Functionality is important, but so are aesthetics. Store the things you use often in convenient, but out-of-sight places. Open shelving promotes visual clutter. So the more you can hide (in an organized way) the better you will feel.
Your best bet to create better energy, though, is to discard and donate the things you don’t need. You will not only create valuable physical space, but you also will eliminate a drain on your energy. Hope this helps!
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