Ask That Feng Shui Lady.
A reader asks:
“We’ve moved and downsized often and have given lots of stuff away. We are now in a one-bedroom apartment and have managed somehow to accumulate clutter again.
I never thought that I’d let clutter take over again but life got in the way of clutter control. I can’t help wondering if I haven’t put something in the way of free-flowing energy and, in doing so, somehow contributed to this clutter propensity. We have begun clearing, again, a bit at a time, as we have so often in the recent past with little success. I wonder if you have any thoughts on what might help break this cycle so we can get back on track.”
What a great question, and common situation.
The simple, not so sympathetic answer is that if there is clutter, it is blocking the flow of energy. The more detailed, empathetic answer is that it is not only normal, but very curable.
Recognizing that clutter is a situation is the first step and understanding its impact is a great motivator. The main purpose of feng shui is to guide energy within your home to bring you good fortune, health and luck. The guides come in the forms of colors, shapes, textures, images and myriad other pieces to attract energy in that direction. If there’s clutter in its way however, it won’t be able to GET to the guide and will move on. This can impact your finances, your love life, your friendships…anything
And clutter builds on itself. Every additional item in your home that you no longer need or love makes the task of removing it seem that much more daunting. Just remember, you can’t get to your destination without making that first step.
So just make a first step.
Pick one room, one closet, the junk drawer; get that cleaned up and see how it feels. And just like anything, it took time build the clutter, it will take time to remove it. No guilt, no blaming, just clearing at your own pace, with permission to stop, cry or take naps during the process. It can be quite confronting, but in the end it will be cathartic and worth it.
Instead of life taking over your clutter control, take your life back and take over your clutter. It just takes that first step.
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