Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of balancing the flow of chi (energy). It is believed that through the placement of physical objects energy flow can be either improved or blocked. I am not a Feng Shui expert, but will share some of its wisdom for anyone looking for inspiration when clearing the clutter. Obstructions such as clutter can reduce the energy level in a home.
Feng Shui wisdom advises on getting rid of old stuff. Ask yourself: “What is important to my life now and for the future?” And “Why am I holding onto this?” Clearing out stagnant items (negative energy) can help shed the heaviness clutter induces in a home. Too many things tied to the past slow energy down. Get rid of shrines to the past to make room for the future. Vibrant energy comes from the things you love. Keep the items that make you truly happy.
A mess makes it difficult to find the things you value. Mixing up the energy flow like this can make you confused and stressed.
Clutter in these hotspots may cause restrictions:
Entryways – Life seems hard
Attics – Problems hang over your head
Basements – Weighed down by the past
Backdoor – Home becomes constipated
To keep energy flowing, do not overload these room areas.
Bedrooms Front Entryway
Drawers Hall table
Under the bed Stairs
On top of bureaus Alcoves
Kitchen Living Room
Cabinets Coffee tables
Refrigerator Behind sofas
Bathroom Home Office
Vanities & cabinets Desktop
Around the sink Filing cabinet
The floor Reference books
Medicine cabinet Computer
Change the Energy
Simple Feng Shui ideas for changing the energy in a home include:
– Clap to shift trapped energy
– Open all the doors and windows
– Light candles
– Arrange fresh flowers
– Mist rooms with essential oils
Color & Lighting
Feng Shui wisdom encourages the proper use of color believing it can influence your mood. Muted or earth tones are preferred for most rooms. However, bright vibrant colors are encouraged in the home office and exercise area to stimulate activity. Lighting brings positive energy to a room. It encourages energy flow creating balance and harmony.
There are many approaches to creating a peaceful environment. Feng Shui often appeals to people who feel stuck and burdened by their clutter. For as long as people have been clearing the clutter, there have been consultants to help in the process. In that respect, I am a kindred coach.