Feng Shui and Clutter
Clutter clearing is the first and most important rule of Feng Shui and is therefore the first step before any other cures can be effective. When the energy (chi) flows well around your space, your health, wealth and happiness significantly improve.
Clutter will block this energy and unless it is tackled, no amount of good Feng Shui will be effective.
So what is Clutter?
Clutter is stuck energy. The word ‘clutter’ derives from the Middle English word ‘clotter’ which means ‘to coagulate’.
It starts small but grows & grows and with it stagnant energy, meaning you need more energy to then shift it.
Stuck energy is very ‘sticky’ – so its very easy for you to let it stay put.
You need a good reason to do something about it – understanding why it’s there and how it affects you is crucial.
But what is it exactly?
Anything you don’t want, love, need or use – if you surround yourself with things you love, they will raise your energy like a golden cobweb. If the opposite is true, they attach themselves to you, like a ball & chain, dragging your energy down whenever you catch sight of them.
Things that are untidy or disorganised
Too many things in too small a space
Anything unfinished, never started or broken, i.e. dripping taps, blown light bulbs or broken gadgets – fix or throw away
Things you’re keeping just in case’ (fear of letting go)
Unwanted gifts (kept through obligation or duty)
Collections (think again – what are they giving you?)
Phone calls you need to make or relationships you need to move on from
How does it affect you?
Can make you feel tired & lethargic
Can keep you in the past – no room for anything new
Can physically congest your body & affect body weight
Can confuse and depress you
Can make you procrastinate or disorganised
Can cause disharmony
Can distract you from important things
Why do people keep clutter?
Clutter is in your life for a reason – it’s not there by accident – understanding why can help you release it, as it loses its power
Keeping things ‘just in case’
Through obligation or duty when you receive a present you wouldn’t have chosen for yourself.
Inherited attitudes from parents
To enhance status & boost self-esteem
Persuasive advertising/buying things you don’t need (for security or in a belief that more is better)
To keep busy & avoid looking inward
Life is constantly changing. When something comes into your life, enjoy it, use it well & when it’s time, let it go. It’s that simple.
Just because you own something, you don’t have to keep it forever.
Let go of fear. People hold on to clutter because they are afraid to let it go, afraid of emotions they may experience while sorting through it, afraid they will make a mistake & regret getting rid of it, afraid they will leave themselves vulnerable, exposed or at risk in some way. Clutter clearing can bring up a lot of ‘stuff’ to be faced & dealt with.
Clearing clutter creates space for more love, energy, wealth & happiness.
Clutter clearing brings you greater clarity about your life’s purpose.
Releasing clutter helps you reconnect with your vital life force energy.
Letting go of clutter leaves you free to be all you can be, one of the greatest gifts you can ever give yourself.