Feel spaced out? Declutter your mind by decluttering your space

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Take a look at your space

Our surroundings affect us strongly. If we were living with someone who abused us or worked with someone who criticized us, for example, it would be difficult for us to be freely ourselves and find peace of mind.

Same goes for our physical surroundings, for example, stale air, minimal light, and clutter affect our mood, our energy, and our relationships. It could have us feeling depressed, alone, and stuck. 

“Our homes are powerful energy attractors. Feng Shui teaches that by balancing and enhancing the energy in our living space, our lives will come into alignment as well.” Erica Sofrina 

Your space

For our mental health, we let go of stuck emotions and invite light in. I am a firm believer that doing this with our outer environment will help this process.

 

open the doors to clear your space

 

Open up your curtains, air out your house whenever you can, and de-clutter your home and office! You will feel like a new person.

De-cluttering may seem daunting, but once you start, it can take on its own momentum. Get rid of a bag of clothes, and you’ll get a burst of energy. You use that to do the next thing.

How do you start to de-clutter your home? Carole Hyder, a Feng Shui expert and author of Conversations with Your Home, suggests the following tips:

  1. Move twenty-seven objects within the same room that haven’t been moved in over a year. (This gets the stagnant energy moving.)
  2. Remove everything from the front and sides of the refrigerator for 9 days. (Keeps stimulation in the kitchen to a minimum.)
  3. Give away one bag of clothing each week for nine weeks.
  4. Donate books to charity in multiples of nine. ( Nine, eighteen, twenty-seven, etc.)
  5. Throw out nine files on your desk that you no longer need, and the next day, deal with nine more.
  6. If the whole house is cluttered, begin in your bedroom.
  7. Eliminate clutter near the front door (to invite in opportunity).
  8. Leave the top of your fireplace mantle or dresser completely empty for nine days.
  9. Start small.

My home is relatively clutter free, and I will let you in on my secret motto: If you can’t do everything, do something. 

I spend zero time worrying about having a perfectly clean house, and instead of worrying, I take action. While I go outside to feed the chickens, I take the empty jars down. If I have a moment, I sneak in sorting through and recycling the mail. Even two minutes before the bus comes, you still find me putting away half the laundry quick-quick. Lunches are readied while putting away the leftover dinner. When leaving the kitchen, I take that broken toy that has been on the counter all week and glue it together. Price tags from the new shirt go right in the recycle bin instead of on the dresser. Used tissues go right in the garbage.

My friend worked at a restaurant way back in college, and I remember him telling me that their rule was to always have two hands full when they went into or out of the kitchen. Dirty dishes in, new food out. I follow this advice. Whether I am going up and down the stairs or walking around my house, I often have my hands full of something that belongs in that direction.

My best trick is to get rid of things I don’t need, right away. There are bins everywhere to drop used clothing. Don’t keep bags behind your couch for weeks until you have all the closets cleaned out before you donate the big lot of them. Even if you just have a few things, keep the bag of them in your car and keep an eye out for a donation drop-off place. If you find a few more things next week, you can do the same, since it took practically no effort.

With my busy schedule, I cannot do everything, so I just keep doing some things and they make a difference. Guests that enter often comment on how they feel peace by entering.

My home and office have also been balanced for the last several years by Feng Shui Master Louisa Ong-Lee. Just her subtle suggestions on placement have made a huge difference. Wouldn’t it be great if healing happens just by being home?

Feng Shui is specific to the people and to the building, so it is hard to have generalities. However, here are some basics that Louisa has taught me over the years:

  1. Good energy can be sucked down the toilet! Literally. Close the toilet lid when not in use and keep the bathroom door closed even when no one is in there. Also keep anything spiritual and inspirational out of the bathroom, including walls opposite the bathroom (adjacent rooms).
  2. If you want to fall in love or stay in love, make sure all birds in your decor are in pairs. Carefully make sure they face each other!
  3. In all dining areas, have a bowl of shells on the table. Pictures or representations of fruit, especially fruit on vines, enhance food abundance. It is OK to have a mirror reflect the table to multiply this abundance, but if you do, never do bills at that table!
  4. Dried flowers are not appropriate to keep. They are stagnant, dead energy.
  5. Decorate your entrances to invite opportunity.
  6. Put things you love around you.
  7. Make sure under your bed is de-cluttered, and this includes keeping tidy the room under your bed.
  8. No plants in our bedroom.
  9. Surround yourself with things that you love: pets, people, meaningful trinkets, an altar, nature. Then dispose of the things that do not nourish you.

 

put birds in pairs to promote love

Spend more time outside!

Healing is about returning to our natural selves–who we were before all of the stress of our lives caused us all sorts of physical and emotional problems. Doesn’t it make sense that spending time in nature can help us remember how to be natural? How to heal?

Take a look at your space. How is it affecting you? What’s one thing can you do differently? 

your outdoor spaceyour natural space

 

Thank you for being here.

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20 Comments

Kelly Hashway

Jodi, I’ll be thinking of you while I’m moving things around in my house today. This is really interesting. 🙂
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Thanks, Kelly! How does it look?

Bella

Jodi, my mom would literally applaud this post! She’s quite the lover of Feng Shui and believe it or not, she faithfully follows the majority of the suggestions you mention. I remember the first time she told me about the toilet bowl lid. I thought she was making it up until she showed me her Feng Shui book. I like to keep my entrance way clear as well as my bed. And did I mention I hate clutter? 🙂

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Me and your mom have some connection, I think! That is the second or third time she came to you when reading my blog. Tell her I love her and I’m coming to England to go out for tea to catch up. Is she in England?

Akos Fintor

Hey Jodi,

Very good tips. But I’m afraid if I showed this post to my wife she’s would tell me exactly I’m gonna spend the rest of the day! 🙂

The clutter on my desk stares me in the face begging me to get rid of the chaos.
I think I’m going to clean up the disaster now!

Thanks Jodi!

Akos
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I hope your desk looks good after you cleaned it!

Brenda

I was OK with everything except giving away books. I have never been able to part with my little pretties. I agree about getting rid of the clothes and decluttering.. Something about let go of the piles is as you said, refreshing. I have not Feng Shui’d the house nor have I thought about it, to be honest, but I keep it bright with light and colorful. Decluttering is hard to keep on top of given that I share with kids and husband, but … I am enjoying these posts. Thanks much.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I thought that, too, but there are probably one or two…or nine… that you are like,”Why do I have this?” Right?

Bridget

Good tips, but if I decluttered under my bed I don’t know where I would store stuff! Not that I need all that garbage…

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

You’re hysterical! No you don’t need it, but you can post about what you got under there.

Meryl

Hi Jodi. I LOVE these decluttering ideas and my husband will be SO happy! Thanks and happy 2012.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Glad I could make you both so happy! 🙂

Melissa Kiefer

I just wrote a blog post about how I will have a “room of my own” in our new house, and I can’t wait to use these ideas in my special place. so interesting. thank you!
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brenda

I love this post and will get to work on the feng shui ideas.
I have an office with no windows. Any ideas for something other than dried flowers to brighten my space?

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Hi Brenda!
I would use silk flowers or a colorful wall hanging (of nature, maybe) to bring good energy in!

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I’m so glad you sent out the list of 12 articles! Love this one — and am going to work the ‘9’. Love it! And so true — de-cluttering makes room for the new and what a wonderful way to start the new year with room for the new to appear!
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