Clutter can make you feel tired and irritable, feng shui says

by Jillianne Castillo
Oct 1, 2016
Find harmony in your home by decluttering with some help from feng shui.

No one likes a cluttered home but, unfortunately, clutter can be difficult to get rid of once it’s there.

We just discovered that feng shui could help.

According to Karen Kingston in her book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Feng Shui is “the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives.”

Hence, she says that clutter can block the flow of energy, leaving us drained and irritable.

She also elaborates on how one can do this from all aspects of living: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Here are some points from her:

Things we love have a positive energy.

Think of the things in your home you love the most. Don’t they make you feel happier whenever you see them?

Kingston says this is because things you love, use, and appreciate have strong vibrant energies that allow energy to flow through them.

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She adds that because you are energetically connected by everynthing you own, the energy from the things you love will also flow through you and becomes “an incredible source of support and nourishment for you.”

Our takeaway:
Things with positive energy we keep!

Clutter is an energy blocker.

Kingston says clutter is "stuck energy." It feels hard to budge and difficult to get rid of. It also drains you of energy and can make you feel tired.

“The clutter stagnates your energy, and makes it difficult to get yourself to do anything,” she writes.

It can also make it difficult to invite friends over (because who wants to show friends their mess), can cause tension in the home and can make you disorganized.

Our takeaway:
How do you figure out if you have this type of clutter?

If it literally gets in the way (like boxes in the hallway of...old clothes you've been planning to sort) or distracts you from doing important things (a work table you can barely find beneath all the junk), that's clutter you need to get rid of.

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Clutter isn’t just unwanted stuff.

For Kingston, clutter is not just a disorganized pile of stuff.

Clutter constitutes things that you do not use anymore--it's just occupying space that's often too small to begin with.

She says that if you have too much stuff in a given amount of space, it makes you feel like there’s no room to breathe, and you start to feel constricted.

Another type of clutter is anything unfinished, which lingers in your life and constantly drains your energy.

It can be small things like putting off fixing a broken drawer and unanswered emails. It can also be big things like redecorating the house.

Our takeaway:
Perhaps we don't notice it immediately, but we do this thing with DIY that we refer to as "start-stop."

We get excited about a project--make your own herb garden, do a mosaic from old plates--and purchase materials in order to do them.

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One month later, they become unfinished projects that can't be thrown away because we always say we will finish it, and we feel guilty. Yet after years have passed, they remain untouched. These things block the flow of energy.

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