Most people think decluttering your home means you simply have to tidy things up a bit. Often, however, the definition of “tidying” is to relocate items from one area to another – perhaps a junk drawer or closet.
When you do this type of decluttering, you are moving the blocked energy from space to space. Energy is the life force of Feng Shui. As such, the location of these items you have moved can transfer the problems you have from one area to another.
- A bed’s eye view. Clutter near the bed is an indicator that you want to escape from the world, retreating into your safe, wonderful cocoon. Many people will tell you that their bedroom is their haven. No kids or pets are allowed. It just for “me” or just for “mom and dad.” It’s a special place. Do you have many items next to your or, in fact, under your bed? Could you be holding onto these things because the make you feel safe? Start taking them out one-at-a-time. Think about each item, why it’s there, and if it would really be better off out of your life.
- Look at your closets. What do you have in them? Is it possible that you are stuffing your emotions away? The “out of sight, out of mind” approach. Try going slowly and removing items in small groups – maybe 3-5 items at a time.
- Greetings at the front door. If it’s blocked with boxes or just general clutter, are you trying to keep people away? Have there been some problems in the past with relationships – love, family, friends, work, etc.? Think about the top two relationships that are of concern. Then, as you move things away from the front door, send your feelings out of the area as well.
- The desk is your oyster. Just as a pearl is made and becomes the gem inside a protective outer layer, so is your desk. It’s the small, finite space that belongs to you. You have 100% control over what’s on it, how it’s setup, where things go, etc. As a result, there can be a tendency to put too many things on it, causing it to overflow with clutter. Survey your desk and select the three things you absolutely must have. Yes: your computer – as a whole unit (desktop system, monitor, mouse, keyboard, printer, router, etc.) – does not have to be included as one of the three items. Look for unorganized papers, overflowing drawers, dirty dishes, etc. Hanging onto these things doesn’t give a sense of control: it means you’re just too lazy to take care of them. Get rid of them and let the energy circle around what’s important.
- What you don’t see. Do you stash things behind a door? Next to putting things under the bed, this is one of the worst things you can do to stop energy flow. A door is for opening and closing, and when it cannot perform its intended function, it really doesn’t exist. You end up with either a door that is closed all the time blocking out the good, or a door that is open, exposing you to the bad. Again, move the items into their proper home – which isn’t behind a door.
If you implemented a few of this suggestions, you’ll be amazed at how much lighter you feel, and how a tremendous weight has been lifted off your shoulders.