Clutter's Effects on Your Life — How clutter affects you and what to do about it

Living-RoomCreating a healthy, energetic home or office relies on diligence. It’s much easier to let your home or office become cluttered and messy than it is to keep on top of papers, throw out old magazines, or otherwise dispose of the things that you no longer need, want, or use.

For that reason many people don’t bother with this kind of routine maintenance. And that’s how Spring Cleaning should be looked at: maintenance for your home.

Now, I’m not going to tell you what to do for your personal Spring Cleaning because only you know if you are harboring clothes in your closet from 30 years ago, or if your addiction to paper has gotten out of hand. YOU ARE THE EXPERT at your own mess. Give yourself permission to clean it up and let go of it.

Let’s go over some basics about dirty, cluttered homes versus clean and organized homes…

What does a dirty, cluttered home do to you?

It makes you feel tired. A cluttered home is a visual and psychic drain. All that stuff makes you fatigued. One of the most fatigued people I know simply can NOT throw anything away. Antiques are her specialty. Everything is a “collectible.” But that does not mean SHE has to collect it. This client is slowly letting go of her addiction to acquiring and is finding her energy is rebounding.

It makes you feel hopeless. Simply put, too much stuff is overwhelming and we can’t handle it all, so we throw our psychological hands in the air in frustration. This leads to that hopeless, it’s-all-inevitable feeling.

It makes you poor. Yep, that’s right: POOR. Ever notice those homes of the mega-wealthy? They’re a study in restraint. You notice their homes because stuff isn’t everywhere.

Time and time again, I notice the environments of people who are struggling to make ends meet, and I notice that they have an overwhelmingly HUGE baseball cap collection, some kind of collectible that’s taken over the house, or too many pets. Get rid of all but the most meaningful things. You can do it.

How does clutter hurt you? It makes you feel out of control in your life. That’s because the stuff is in control and you’re not. Put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life and take control of all THAT STUFF by donating it, throwing it away, or organizing it — and get everyone in your home in on the act.

What does a clean, organized home do for you?

It gives you a sense of calm. Imagine walking in to a room where the tops are cleared off and there are no papers and mess scattered about. How does it make you feel? That’s the AAAHHHH feeling you get when you walk into a hotel room…it’s neat and you can see the room and not all the stuff.

It gives you back your health. Dirty, cluttered houses can make you fatigued, constipated, have back pain, and congested. Not just because there’s stuff everywhere, but because there is dust on all that stuff — and dust is nothing but negative energy. Unclog your home and your health might be better to boot!

It gives you wealth. Think about the times when you were doing well financially… As money worries piled up, did you ever make the correlation that so has all the stuff around you? Get rid of it and you will see financial flow again.

It puts you in control of your life. Suddenly, order appears in the Universe, you can find things, the feeling of being overwhelmed isn’t omnipresent and you look forward to things; life is sweet again.

 What do you want from life? Check the list below for ideas on where clutter is stopping the flow in your life.

LOVE — Clear out the SOUTHWEST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Clutter here can manifest as problems with relationships or can create health problems such as a large stomach, reproductive or elimination system problems or bulging middle.

MONEY — Clear out the SOUTHEAST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Clutter here can create problems with lack of savings (accumulated wealth) and difficulties in the hips, legs and knees. Start a savings program — no matter how small.

FRIENDS, FAME, RECOGNITION — Clear out the SOUTH corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Clutter here can create problems with friends, social contacts, as well as health problems with vision and heart issues. Brighten and lighten this area up and create open space (air feeds fire!) and watch stress come down and fun rise.

HEALTH, FAMILY GROWTH — Clear out the EAST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Problems here result in difficulties with family members, tension in the house, problems with skin, lungs, and feet. Beautify with water images to feed the wood energy of this sector and improve health and family relationships.

CAREER, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES — Clear out the NORTH corner of your home, bedroom, living room, desk and office. Problems and clutter in this area creates problems with kidneys and ears. Brighten and lighten this area, create space to create flow for the water energy here that brings career and business opportunities.

CHILDREN/BABIES, CREATIVITY, PROJECTS TO FLOURISH — Clear out the WEST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office to watch projects come to fruition. Clutter in this area creates problems with children, the mouth and teeth. Add metal to this area to create movement in projects and help children.

EDUCATION, PERSONAL GROWTH, SPIRITUALITY, WRITING — Clear out the NORTHEAST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Clutter in this area keeps you from thinking clearly, making good decisions and keeps you feeling anxious and uncertain about your life. It also affects your hands. Keeps hands in good condition with lotions, manicures and watch how you think more clearly.

TRAVEL, MENTORS, HELPFUL PEOPLE — Clear out the NORTHWEST corner of your home, bedroom, living room, and office. Clutter in this area creates problems with men, the man of the house, and with finding people to help you and assist you in life. Excess mess can also create problems with the head, such as high blood pressure and headaches. Open up this space and the world opens up for you!

Books that can help you declutter AND have good feng shui

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. EXCELLENT book every since feng shui enthusiast should own. This is my hands-down favorite.

Lillian Too’s 168 Ways to Declutter Your Home by Lillian Too. The guru of feng shui (and my personal teacher) explains the connection of clutter and feng shui — including mental and spiritual clutter.

Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life by Mike Nelson. Nelson talks about the mental health side of clutter and how to get out from under the control of clutter.


Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information and to receive her FREE Ebook “Easy Money – 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui” visit and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!

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