With so much chaos all around us in the world, it is imperative that we have a “quiet” home as a refuge to nurture us. Feng Shui defines a quiet home as one without clutter, offering us beauty and a balance of the elements. Feng Shui which has been practiced for over 3,000 years in China, is the enhancement of health, prosperity, and happiness. The belief is that that your vitality, resources, and loving connections flourish and grow best in harmonious, uncluttered environments that intentionally meet your unique needs and express your personal preferences.
An organized home can have a calming effect on you, your family and guests. Chaos in a home can be defined in two ways:
Active Chaos: The kind of chaos we see in creative efforts; cooking, decorating, cleaning, crafting, painting, building etc. It is the kind of chaos which leads to something positive and will be cleaned up in the end. We all go through this and it nurtures us.
The mess in a wallpapering project.
The finished product.
Passive Chaos: This is a mess left for a long time; cluttered garages, closets stuffed with junk, piles left all over the house. These kinds of messes will drain you on a daily basis. This does not lend to a quiet home.
Creating a quiet home does not have to be difficult; in just minutes you can begin to make changes that can turn your home into a comfortable, peaceful haven.
What works is balance. You can begin to transform your home from chaos to paradise with the “few minutes a day technique”. I call it the “Salami Method of Time Management”, taking one slice at a time. Organizing possessions and eliminating clutter can be viewed as an adventurous mission that opens portals to your personal paradise. By getting rid of the things you no longer want or need, you revitalize your home and make room for what you really DO want to flow into your life; you enhance your happiness, clarity and peace of mind. In Feng Shui everything counts, so your storage areas are as important as the most lived-in areas. In other words, if your room is orderly because everything is stuffed into a closet, you are not practicing Feng Shui.
Clutter is defined as any items that are disliked, unused, in excess and/or unorganized. To begin choose a space you consider cluttered, such as a closet, storeroom, cabinet, desk drawer, table top, or kitchen cupboard, then follow these simple steps:
As you’re organizing and decluttering, ask yourself these questions:
“Do I love it? Do I need it? Does it represent or support who I am now? What pleasant or unpleasant memories does it hold? Does it need repair, and am I willing to restore it right now? If I’m letting go, will I sell, lend, or give it away, and when?”
Label 3 boxes or bags: Throwaway, Giveaway, and Stowaway. When you have separated all items into 3 categories, put the throwaways in the trash immediately, prepare and label the giveaways to go to their new homes (family, friends, and charities) and make sure you remove them from the space and give them away within a week. Stowaway the items you are keeping to their proper places with love and gratitude.
Give yourself the gift of shelves and containers for your storage areas. Your environment displays your consciousness, and there’s no more revealing place to look than behind closet doors. You’ll know that you’ve succeeded in reinstating balance when you respond positively to every part of your home, and can easily put your hand on everything you need at any time. Congratulations! Now watch for the helpful people, opportunities, and things that flow into your life because you have let go of the old and made room for the new.
The New Year is upon us! What better time to commit to more positive energy and a more peaceful quiet environment.