Feng Shui and Clutter — How An Overstuffed Home Robs You of Vitality, Opportunities and Money and What to Do About It

 

By Kathryn Weber

Closet-ClutterToday, many of us share one common problem: too much stuff in our homes. And, if you’re willing to invest just a couple of weeks – or weekends — you can get a grip on clutter and start feeling more in control over all the stuff in your house. Better still, you won’t have to live in a disorganized, cluttered home that frustrates and annoys you.

Having an uncluttered, organized home will repay you in time and money — and will return your peace of mind — and in just a few short weeks. Besides being a serious re-charge to your life and vitality, decluttering is good feng shui.

Everything you are surrounded by exerts an influence on your life.

If you’re surrounded by clutter and disorganization, it’s a serious energetic drain on your mind, your emotions and your physical body. Too much stuff quickly turns a home “yin” and that makes energy turn negative. Once that happens, the circumstances of life start changing, too. You could say that clutter becomes the sticks and mortar that dam your life and stop the opportunities that flow to you.

Let’s get started with the basics.

What is clutter?

Clutter is anything that you don’t regularly use, things that you don’t like or enjoy or that are broken, or items kept out of guilt and obligation. Clutter includes items like old clothing, unused toys, mismatched dishes, or stacks of magazines. One of the worst sources of clutter is paper. Newspapers, mail, magazines, old greeting cards, and various paper items all clutter up our coffee tables, desks, and refrigerator.

What clutter isn’t

Clutter isn’t anything you truly love or use regularly. Clutter also isn’t a valuable collectible. Some things shouldn’t go in a landfill or in a garage sale. Your grandmother’s Fostoria crystal isn’t junk and shouldn’t be treated that way.

Ebay, local antiques or consignment stores are resources to help sell your collectible items. One woman made $15,000 off her clutter. Every week, she sat at her computer with five to 10 items she wanted to sell and in six months, she had made an extra $15,000 by selling her clutter on Ebay. Too much trouble to sell? Give special items away as gifts to someone who’ll appreciate them.

Clutter sources

There are a number of reasons for our over-accumulation. One is that we’ve moved from a disposable society to everything’s-a-collectible society and if everything is valuable, then you can’t throw anything away then, can you? We’ve also moved from a buy-it-as-you-need-it outlook to a buy-it-in-bulk mindset – and if we buy in bulk, we have to live in bulk.

Lastly, recreational shopping creates an overload of unused, unwanted household items. Hitting the mall every weekend just packs your house and empties your wallet.

Staying present. The difficulty with clutter is both past and future.

Too often people are tied to items because of the past (it was a wedding gift, it was Uncle Frank’s) and the future (what if I need a shoe buttoner again?). Yet clutter causes you problems in the present because you can’t find what you’re looking for or you have things you don’t really need or want. Other problems from the past include items we’ve inherited.

Many people feel like they have to keep everything passed down from their loved ones. It’s a tremendous burden of guilt. Remember that things are not people and it’s okay to let things go. To feel like you have to hold on to the possessions of your loved ones who are no longer around is to have to build your own life and hang on to their lives, too. It makes for a crowded house. Keep just a few items that you especially love or that you’ll use on a regular basis. My favorite item from my grandmother? Her cast iron skillet that stays on my stove to this day and gets almost daily use.

Go ahead, be wasteful

Have you ever heard the Depression era stories about being so poor that coffee grounds were dried in the sun and re-used? Well, it’s not the Depression anymore. It’s okay to throw things away. You have my permission and encouragement to get rid of stuff. There will be enough and you can always get more if you need it.

People hang on to so many things because they don’t want to be wasteful; like holding on to a shirt with a stain that won’t come out. The stain won’t come out the longer it hangs there, so why reach for it and then put it back on the rack? Throw it away once and for all.

Your role: The first step to getting control over clutter is recognizing your role in creating it.

Do you overshop? Do you keep things out of guilt (it’s Aunt Mary’s!)? Do you have to buy in bulk? Are you afraid to throw things away? Taking a hard look at how and why your house has gotten cluttered helps you get it under control and from becoming cluttered in the future. So recycle when you can, and throw away, donate, or sell the rest — and at every opportunity.

The physical symptoms of clutter

Clutter stops the flow of energy. When energy stops flowing, there is a negative impact to our bodies, spirits, and energetic life flow in the form of money, opportunities, love, and enjoyment. Clutter manifests as excess weight, constipation, inability to think, feeling stuck in life, low vitality, and poor personal growth and movement.

Once you begin decluttering, you may find yourself unburdened by heavy emotions and will begin to feel lighter, more at ease and have a greater sense of happiness and personal well-being. Clutter holds us back, like a giant weight, and creates blockages in our lives and spirits. Feel yourself feel unencumbered by lifting  the burden of clutter and watch the increased flow of your life to start again.

 

Your Decluttering Starting Points:

What’s at hand. This week, try to make a change to your habits like going shopping during lunch or letting junk mail stack up instead of throwing it out. Try to change one habit each week. Make a decision about whatever you touch to find a home for it or to relieve yourself from it. Looking at the mail? Put bills in a special location, throw out junk mail and place magazines in a holder to read later.

The bedroom. Clear out from underneath the bed, clear out nightstand drawers and try to remove any items off the floor and clear off dressers.  

The closet.  Next, make your way into your closet to get rid of all stained or damaged clothes, followed by those you have never worn, followed by the ones you can’t wear, don’t like, etc.  Have a giant drawer full of socks or some other clothing items? Get rid of all but the newest. Most of the time we have much more than we really need.

The kitchen. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry first, throwing away old food or small packages and doubles. Wipe down the shelves and organize items.  The kitchen represents wealth and health and keeping the food organized, clean and purged frequently will help your health. Next, tackle dishes, throwing away those that are cracked or damaged. Get rid of excess plastic ware and any doubles you no longer need. Try to keep only those things you use frequently.

The office. Clean out papers, discard old files, clear out drawers. Create organization systems for your files. Get rid of old electronics you never use and consider getting a receipt scanner, like Neat Receipts, to help you keep your receipts digitally.

 

 

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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 www.redlotusletter.com and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!

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  • Betty

    Dear Kathryn

    In last weeks posting you told about the red doors.

    You also said to never have water things in your bedroom( Fountains,Fish,Etc.).

    I am very worried. My Money and stress situation have been terrible.

    I need and use a humidifier in my bedroom. That contains water.

    What can I do ?????

    Is there a Fung Shui cure I can use, that you hopefully sell to off set this?

    I do not want more bad things to continue to happen to me. I can not remove the humidifier,especially since it helps my sinus so much and allergies.

    It is on a red little table in front of the East back wall room corner in front of a closet, the other wall of corner is the South facing front of house on the other side. It’s in front of the big window of my bedroom in front of a South out looking window. With The roof of the garage obstructing the view along with a chimney on the left front. If I am correct your course I ordered few years ago said this was the romance corner of the bedroom. Thus the red table and a wedding picture of a happily married cousin on the tiny wall space of the corner between the drapes and closet wall. This romance corner is totally dead.

    I really hope you can help me all of your advice works amazingly!

    Regards From A Grateful Fan,
    Elizabeth

  • redlotusletter

    Hi Betty….oh, gosh, I wish I could give you a cure or a remedy. All I can suggest is that you try to go without the humidifier and maybe try “Vicks Vapo Rub.” Many people have nightime allergies, myself included…and a little Vicks under my nose keeps me breathing all night. My husband jokingly calls Vicks his aphrodisiac! :) Or, how about a neti pot? Or Breatheright strips? When you want something different, you have to do something different. That’s my best advice Betty. I send you my love and best wishes.

  • KDV

    What about DVDs that I haven’t seen in awhile but don’t want to get rid of them, also books- is it ok to have these items stored in my shed?

  • redlotusletter

    Store the books and DVDs. I wouldn’t put books in a shed. They should be treated with respect.