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Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Home

Decluttering is so much deeper than just clearing out your things in your home and creating space. It can have a real profound spiritual impact on your life. Finding new pieces and understanding the place in which object sit and the colours that make you feel a certain way are all under the umbrella of the incredible Chinese method of Feng Shui. 

Feng shui teaches us how to achieve harmony with our environment. The words "feng shui" are Chinese and translate to "wind" and "water." Wind is our breath, and humans are almost 60 percent water. Wind and water are vital elements for life, as is feng shui!

Historically, feng shui has roots in Taoism and Buddhism. However, elements of it are palpable in every culture across time. For instance, these days we can all feel the difference between a New York City apartment and a quiet hidden cabin in the forest, and we understand that our surroundings greatly affect our energy.

Here are the top feng shui do's and don'ts for creating a mindful, calming home:

1. Pay special attention to your entryway

Your entry and front door represent the way you face the outside. It’s how the world sees you, like a first impression, so be sure to keep the area clean and clutter-free.

This does not mean the entry must be completely empty; rather it’s about keeping only what you need there. So if it’s winter, it makes sense to hang your scarf, hat, and coat.

The interior and exterior entry should also be well lit (get some bright bulbs on a dimmer!) and the door number should be clean, hung straight, and easily visible. Auspicious opportunities need clear signage to find you!

In addition, I often recommend putting down a nice black rectangular welcome mat to attract good energy. And while you're at it, check out these feng shui tips for your garden, too.

2. "Activate" your front door.

The front door is literally and metaphorically where energy enters your home, and it can be an incredible auspicious area.

To activate its lucky energy, wait until an auspicious day like your birthday or a new moon. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (the most yang hours of the day), write a list of nine wishes for yourself using a newly purchased black pen on a sheet of red paper.

Read your list out loud, and then with respect, mindfully sign the list. Carefully fold the sheet and place it in a red envelope. Securely position your intentions and aspirations above the front door, on the inside of your home.

Now, every time you walk through your front door, you are invoking the energy of these wishes so they may manifest in your life. (Note: You can also use this for your bedroom door if you live with roommates!)

Don't:

1. Block doors.

As previously mentioned, doors are super important in feng shui as they are portals for energy. Take a close look at each door in your home to see if there are any that cannot open a minimum of 90 degrees due to surrounding clutter or furniture.

When doors cannot open, it means that the positive energy coming into your life is being compressed and your full potential is not available to you. It also affects how you experience your life path (literally and metaphorically) and can leave you cramped and pinched rather than expansive and spacious.

Finally, doors also represent your voice in the world, so a blocked door can mean that your voice cannot fully be heard or communicated.

2. Leave out broken objects.

Broken objects at home can become obstacles in your life and cause stress that holds you back. That broken doorbell that you keep meaning to repair may block you from receiving a visit from something or someone amazing. Dead or dying plants are also a no-no in feng shui.

3. Overstuff your closets.

Many of us have those "I’ll fit into them someday" jeans from high school, but letting go of the clothing that we don’t need will give our brains a cue to also let go of other unnecessary things (like harmful people or unnecessary stress).

When we have a full closet, we give the universe the message that our lives are complete and we don’t need anything else. It’s astounding what clearing a little space in your closet can do to invite magic into your life.

4. Neglect any objects or areas.

If there are areas or objects in your home that are collecting dust, it may symbolize areas of your life that are stagnant and ignored. If you don’t need that object, maybe it’s time to donate it. And if there’s a room you haven’t stepped foot in, maybe it’s time to peek inside.

It can be as simple as taking the time to move things around to stir up some good energy.

5. Let your windows get too dirty.

In feng shui, windows represent the eyes of the inhabitants in the home. When we have dirty windows, we can’t see the world around us clearly and can get caught up in our perceptions. Take some time to clean windows regularly and then see how much light and joy come into your life.

6. Hang your artwork too low.

Believe it or not, when someone has issues with sadness or low energy, I often notice that their artwork, photographs, and mirrors are hung low on their walls. The low artwork can bring down your chi. (Note: Even a bed that’s very low to the ground can bring down your mood).

It’s also good to fasten frames in two places so the art isn’t crooked.

7. Store things under your bed.

I know many of us could use extra storage, but under the bed is not the place for it! In feng shui, it’s best to have the air flowing all around you while you’re sleeping, so it’s a big no-no to have objects under the bed—especially sharp, dangerous items.

Other items to watch out for are shoes, books, or anything associated with very active energy. If you have mementos from past relationships stored under there, it may mean that relationship is holding you back. If you must store something under the bed, make it something soft, like extra linens and pillows.

Colour is so important

When it comes to decor the bigger brighter and busier the better. I want to appropriate this terminology in order to identify two general tendencies within contemporary anarchism. Maximalist style was a reaction to the minimalist movement and has aspects and elements that are practically the polar opposite to minimalist components. Fill your home with bright Occasional Chairs, gorgeous Rugs, beautiful furniture, and go bold making your room filled with maximalist energy.