What would you suggest I do to create better energy in my home in the most efficient way? I want to set aside some time to do “something” and would love your direction.

It is really amazing that we are already entering October. It feels like just a few months ago I was doing spring clearing and here we are in autumn already! I do think that it’s always a good time to do something to support better energy flow, and doing something at any time will help.

Looking around your home, have you collected a lot since the year began? If you want to clean up, use the following points as a guide. Engage every person in the house, preparing them to let go of the belongings that no longer serve them. These tips are meant to make a big difference.

Out with the old


First, discard. Put your mind in “I’m on a mission” mode. Then, go from room to room, spending no longer than 10 minutes in each area, putting everything you no longer use or need in a trash bag.

Get rid of expired food items in the refrigerator and cabinets, old newspapers, junk mail, chipped cups, old cosmetics, burned-down candles, broken items, warped Tupperware and other things that no longer serve you. Be quick and snappy. This is an easy step that takes no thought at all.

Then, donate. Next, in a large plastic bag, put clothes you haven’t worn, CDs, books, figurines and other items with which you no longer resonate. For large items, make a list and schedule a day to remove them from your home. For now, remove only the items that will fit into a few bags, and don’t think too much — just do it. If you have a hard time letting things go, imagine the smile on the face of the person who needs the item more than you do.

And finally, clear and clean. Clutter can make you lethargic and overwhelmed. Make space to welcome the opportunities for the upcoming year by clearing off surfaces where things have settled — kitchen and bathroom counters, dining room tables, etc. At the very least, pick one shelf or area that you see a lot and clear that space up.

In with the new


Stock up on healthy food. Food symbolizes abundance and health. Fill your pantry and stock your refrigerator with the type of food that you want to eat.

Bring in a thriving plant. Plants symbolize growth and represent the life force. Bring in a plant from your garden, or purchase live plants and place them in your home. A display of beautiful flowers is a positive symbol and represents reaching your highest potential.

Freshen up the energy. For just a few minutes, open every door and window to let go of the first nine months of the year and energetically welcome in the autumn, with a vision to receive the best that life has to offer for the rest the year and on.

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