Is your stuff spoiling our life?

Some people are born neat!
Their kitchen counters are sparsely populated. Their windows are always sparkling. Every paper is filed. The magazines on their coffee tables are tastefully arranged. Their cars are clutter-free.
Even the flowers in their gardens seem to stand at attention.
But the rest of us have a lifetime struggle to get rid of dirt, dust, and especially clutter. I’m in the latter category.
Of course, my living room is always tidy and my kitchen counters are spick-and-span when we invite in guests. But how about the day-to-day? Is my house free from clutter? Can we find important papers? Is my kitchen sink shiny and clean? Can we see out of our picture windows?
Not necessarily!
As a result, my daughter and I went to a Feng Shui seminar a few years ago to help me de-clutter my house. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese way to best arrange and place various possessions throughout your home.
The goal is to make sure your home is a place that rejuvenates, recharges, and lifts your spirits.
In her book, “Feng Shui: Back to Balance,” Sally Fretwell writes, “Feng Shui is about how much you enjoy life, how easily things flow into your life, if you are inspired to act on your dreams, if you have friends to share your life with, and how supported you feel.
“This all comes from being in a place where you feel in balance.”
That place is your home—the safe haven that buffers you from the outside world.
Feng Shui has rules that can be applied to enhance prosperity, relationships, creativity, career, and health. These rules can be applied to your whole house, to each room in your house, or even to your garden, your office, or your garage.
If you want to know more about Feng Shui, there are lots of good books, in addition to Fretwell’s, like “Sacred Space” by Denise Linn and “Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life” by Karen Rauch Carter.
On the other hand, if you have only a passing interest, take a clue from Carter’s title—“Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.” The cardinal rule of Feng Shui is no clutter.
Says Fretwell, “Take, for example, how wonderful you feel when you do a spring cleaning. You find old, misplaced items and clear the piled-up clutter. You gain new clarity . . . your subconscious feels lighter because it no longer reacts to the overwhelming number of objects.”
That’s Feng Shui!
In addition to de-cluttering, Feng Shui demands that you have lots of light in every room and decorate with objects that make you feel good. Get rid of the things that have negative association—no matter where they came from.
Take a walk around your house and ask some questions. Are there any dark corners? Do you have plenty of plants? Do you love the pictures in your bedroom? Should you move some furniture?
“Homes are mirrors of ourselves,” says Linn.
So don’t let excess clutter sap your energy. Begin right now organizing your home using the age-old principles of Feng Shui. And make sure your home reflects a peaceful, productive, and happy you.
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist.
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