The Impact of Clutter on Feng Shui

The Impact of Clutter on Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in your surroundings to create beneficial effects in your life. These natural energy flows must be able to move about freely so you have a good flow of life force energy in your home and workplace.

Blocking this flow causes the energy and creativity to get stuck. Your life will get stuck along with the flow. Clutter is one of the biggest obstacles to flow of energy. So if you have clutter in your home or workplace, you are blocking the flow of good energy.

The Problem with Clutter:

  • Energy stagnates when clutter accumulates—the natural flow is blocked, causing energy to be blocked and become stagnant also.
  • Clutter can make you feel tired or lethargic—energy cannot flow freely if blocked by clutter. Unblocking the energy flow by clearing the clutter will transfer that energy to you.
  • Clutter keeps you in the past—holding onto the past will keep you in the past. Letting go of the past will allow you to move forward with your life.
  • Clutter affects your body weight—overweight people often have fears buried deep inside them and use their weight as protection from those fears.
  • Clutter makes you procrastinate—clutter stagnates your energy, making it difficult to do anything.
  • Clutter causes disharmony—if you live or work with clutter around you and others don’t, you may impede their progress or slow them down, causing disharmony.
  • Clutter causes depression—clutter stagnates energy, and feelings of hopelessness are compounded by this clutter. By clearing clutter, you are clearing the way for something new to come into your life.
  • Clutter puts your life on hold—are you putting off a vacation or move or job promotion because of the clutter in your life? Clear the clutter and move on.
  • Clutter can be a health hazard—besides the fire hazard it can create, it can also affect your physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Clutter can be a financial burden—think of all the money you spend maintaining your clutter. Is it worth paying a large mortgage on a large home to house your junk?

Why Do We Keep Clutter?

  • We think we may need it someday—but if that day hasn’t come in five years, is it really worth keeping.
  • It identifies you—if you didn’t keep all those trophies and photos, how would anyone know the real you? Yet you aren’t identified by what you own—rather by who you are.
  • Status symbol—how often have you purchased something for yourself or your children merely because your neighbor or a family member purchased it? But you don’t stop there, you have to get more than one, or the next best model. We have become a materialistic society, forgetting about the true worth of life.
  • A sense of security—we are brainwashed by advertisers telling us we need their products, otherwise our lives are incomplete. And our basic nesting instincts want to create that perfect, secure home.
  • Because that’s the way mom and dad did it—how often do we inherit the habits of our parents? They kept everything, so it must be okay for me to keep everything.

The Benefits of Clearing Clutter:

  • Cleaning up your clutter can clean up your life—lose bad habits, lose weight.
  • You are your home—everything around you mirrors your inner self. So by changing your home, you can change your life.
  • Emotional freedom—to do those things you were always afraid to do.

How to Identify Clutter

  • Things you do not use or love—things you enjoy or love have vibrant, joyous energies around them. Things you don’t will stagnate that energy and bring you down.
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized—being disorganized can create stress and confusion in your life.
  • Too many things in a small space—could you breathe if you were surrounded by clutter from head to toe? Neither can your home.
  • Anything unfinished—any unfinished project clutters your psyche or mind.

Clear the Clutter

  • Identify the clutter—whether it’s paper, things or emotions. This can be things you don’t like or use, empty boxes, unwanted gifts, etc.
  • Clear the clutter—Do it at your own pace at a time that’s convenient for you.  Start small and treat yourself when it’s done.
  • Maintain the space—Once everything is put in its place, return it there after using and don’t purchase anything new unless you need it or you get rid of something you already own.
  • Clear mental and emotional clutter—Stop judging yourself, stop worrying, and stop complaining. Tidy up all lose ends and catch up on old tasks.  Finally, de-clutter your mind at the end of the day for a good night’s rest.

As you read this, you may think this is either impossible or too overwhelming for you. The important thing to remember is that you can start small. Every little bit can make a difference. And after a while, every little bit will make a big difference! Don’t get discouraged, and you will accomplish you goal for a healthy, prosperous life.

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