Utilizing the teachings of feng shui might be answer if your home is cluttered or you just feel like the time has finally come to make a change in the way you live in your space. Feng shui itself is an ancient Chinese philosophy regarding how people relate to the spaces they inhabit, and has to do with flows of energy and good or bad arrangements of objects in a space.
You might be familiar with the idea that your home is a reflection of you, that your mind, body and soul are expressed in the outer spaces you live in. This is part of what feng shui teaches, it also explains that all objects have energy and its purpose its to facilitate the flow of that energy as best as possible by arranging other objects.
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So, what do feng shui rules have to do with decluttering your home? Basically, clutter clogs the flow of energy through your home and can have an extremely negative impact on your wellbeing. Basic feng shui principles provide tips to increase the good energy flows in your home which can be hampered by clutter and by poor placement of furniture. A basic feng shui layout is often associated with amazing decluttering transformations because it encourages a clutter free environment.
We’ve compiled a list of 7 life-changing feng shui inspired decluttering tips to help you maximize your space – no matter the size – and make your home the best reflection of you it can be!
1. Get rid of the obvious clutter first
So, where to start decluttering? We recommend going for the most obvious stuff first and sticking with feng shui basics.
The Wall Street Journal determined that every year Americans spend $1.2 trillion on things and items that they don’t need. Trillion. With that in mind, our first tip is to take stock of the items you have in your home and try to work out what it is you do and don’t need. Because feng shui was created in ancient times, the concept of clutter wasn’t really an issue in the vast majority of households which were too poor to accumulate even the necessary items to sustain livelihoods.
However, considering that nowadays the average American has somewhere around 300,000 items in their home, there’s a pretty good chance some of those items are not only unnecessary but in fact are cluttering the environment of the home’s inhabitants. Getting rid of this clutter is a good way to begin to feng shui your home.
Why is Clutter So Harmful?
Clutter has actually been linked to depression and to increased stress, meaning it has an overall negative impact on a person’s quality of life. The first step in how to deal with clutter is going through the rooms of your home and collecting the items you most clearly do not need. This could be expired food in the fridge or pantry. Or it could be Tupperware containers with lost lids, old dirty sponges collecting grime. Even those wilted veggie scraps in the crisper drawer are clutter you can get rid of!
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In the bathroom, for example, look for empty shampoo and conditioner bottles, nasty toothbrushes and toothpaste containers, and toiletry samples you know you’ll never actually use. Going through your home and collecting all the obvious items of clutter is a great first step. It will immediately improve the flows of energy in your home and facilitate simple organization.
Another obvious thing cluttering your home is simple messiness. Stains, clogged drains, grease, dust – all of these little messes pile up to create a seemingly daunting amount of cleaning up that needs to be done. But, cleaning bit by bit and day by day – instead of trying to do it all at once – can be a good way to pace yourself and not get burnt out.
2. Declutter your diet by tackling your kitchen
Okay, this is where it starts getting a little tougher to figure out how to deal with clutter. Feng shui is about improving quality of life, which means reducing stressors and detractors from your health. But sometimes figuring out what is or is not healthy can be a bit of a puzzle.
Feng shui would suggest that your kitchen is a pretty good place to get an accurate read of how you’re doing on the inside. Like all parts of your home, it’s a reflection of how you are doing and feeling, but the kitchen is doubly indicative of your own energy and health because it contains what you put into your body. Basic feng shui tips for the home include the food that is in your home.
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Once you’ve tossed expired food and other obvious items of kitchen clutter, consider decluttering your actual food. You are what you eat, and the unnecessary items of food in your fridge that end up going into your body aren’t doing you any favors. Feng shui is about maximizing your quality of life. Keeping that in mind, consider donating or throwing away items that clutter your diet with unnecessary fats, sugars and alcohols.
If it isn’t good for you – and this can mean something different to everyone – then get it out of there! Declutter your diet so you can live your best life. You don’t need to stress over exerting willpower to not eat those cookies if the cookies aren’t there in the first place!
3. Feng Shui your Entryway
The entryway into your home is important in feng shui teachings. The entryway provides the pathway for the nourishment for your rest of your home. So, what does feng shui teach us about clutter in the entryway? Well, clutter in the entry to your home is definitely something you want to avoid. On the other hand, this is also one of those spaces that seems to always be a little messy and cluttered.
Shoes, coats, keys, mail, bags, umbrellas, backpacks – all tend to cluster in the entryway. This can lead to hectic mornings trying to get out the door and can impede the flow of qi energy in the home. A cluttered entrance is sort of like a clogged artery. Basically, it stops the flow of energy into the rest of the home, like blood throughout your body.
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With all this in mind, here are a few tips to declutter and organize your entryway:
- Don’t block the door with any impediments
- If you have an entryway closet, only keep seasonal items in it
- Have designated storage spaces for mail and keys
- Add hooks to walls to keep bags, coats, scarves, etc., off the floor
- Add a welcome mat to clean shoes and keep floors clean and invite guests
- Keep the area well lit and inviting
These few tips should get you well on your way to having a decluttered entryway inspired by feng shui teachings.
4. Look Under the Bed to Declutter Your Home
Far more frightening than a monster is the grownup reality of what lurks under your bed – clutter. Stuff tends to end up stuffed in that dark and seemingly out of the way space. That’s why it’s a hotbed for disruptive energy flows.
The bedroom be an expression of your intimate self. It is, afterall, where you are your most vulnerable in sleep and relaxation. It also tends to be a space where sentimental items collect and grow. Pictures, slips of paper from that thing with that person you love, ticket stubs, shirts that need mending, old yearbooks, books, journals, magazines, trophies. All these miscellaneous items are so often cluttered in bedrooms.
Out of sight, out of mind?
Not quite. Feng shui teaches us that in shoving items out of sight you aren’t actually fixing anything. Neither are you creating a better space for the good energy to flow. The impediment of a cluttered under the bed might not be visible, but it’s definitely affecting the energy in your home.
Is it time to figure out how to purge clutter from your life using feng shui tips? Face your fears and tackle that monster that is the clutter under your bed. This space doesn’t need to be a repository of clutter. It can actually be an incredibly valuable area to store a great deal of items. For those looking to create more space in their homes and organize their possessions underbed storage is a great idea. Storage bins and organizing containers with wheels are especially handy for under the bed. These containers make grabbing the items stored super easy.
5. Feng Shui that closet
For many the bedroom closet is the pinnacle of clutter in their home. Clothing is so often prone to piling up despite our best efforts. Coupled with the influences of changing seasons, flitting trends, and changing bodies, it can be really tough to keep your closet filled with only the most current and needed objects. Feng shui for the home also means understanding feng shui for clothing, which decluttering your closet can help you.
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Here are a few cleaning out the closet tips using simple feng shui that can help you declutter the beast!
4 Feng Shui Closet Tips
- One way to determine what you do and don’t need in your closet is to try the hanger trick. This is basically just a way to understand the clothes you actually wear. Start by turning all your hangers the opposite direction, and every time you use an item, turn it the opposite way around. Check which hangers are turned at the end of 6 months. Coincidentally you’ll know which items you never wore. Get rid of those!
- Ask yourself: if I were at a store right this moment and saw this piece of clothing, would I buy it? If you can’t truthfully answer yes to any item, get rid of it! Either by donating or throwing away, just get it out of your closet and declutter your bedroom.
- If you can, try and remember the last time you wore the item. Has it been longer than a year? Toss it. Longer than 8 months? Out the door. Longer than 6 months? Get outta here. Unless the reason you haven’t been wearing it is because it hasn’t been the right weather, you just don’t need it laying around!
- Seasonal clothing can be stored elsewhere. This is a biggie for those who live in areas with proper seasons and who have designated clothes for these various weather scenarios. Any kind of storage service works, but Wayforth is great because it can pick up and deliver whatever you want and whenever you want. That way, if you decide you need something back but not everything, you can do that!
6. To the wall!
There are so many items that clutter our surfaces unnecessarily and impede the flow of energy throughout space. Consider hanging flowers, photos, shelves, and lighting instead of cluttering the surfaces of your counters, tables, and floors with them.
Hanging shelves and flowers look chic and trendy, and they allow you to better navigate your home without obstacles. Lighting is also a great way to improve atmosphere and aesthetics. Hanging lights can simultaneously make your home more intimate and airy.
Additionally, photos are often better displayed at eye-level. By moving photos from tables and counters to walls, the people and places you love can be better seen and appreciated by you and by your guests. Allowing for this appreciation is great for increasing feng shui in your home.
7. Mirror, mirror on the wall
In feng shui teachings, mirrors play an important role in the home. Mirrors are thought to reflect and help circulate the light and energy flows in a room. In terms of design, mirrors make small spaces look larger. Additionally, mirrors can add height to rooms and areas where it might be lacking.
However, the mirror shouldn’t reflect anything unpleasant. Accordingly, if your mirror has a view try to ensure its one that is appealing. Take into account that guests won’t want to be stuck staring at their own reflections when eating dinner or watching television. Mirror placement is a process of trial and error. If it’s not quite right the first time don’t be discouraged .
8. Keep what means the most
Feng shui isn’t about throwing away all of your possessions. In fact, feng shui teaches practitioners to surround themselves with items of beauty and sentiment. The difference between the selective inclusion of items in your home and the stress-inducing clutter lies in distinguishing between what’s meaningful and what isn’t.
Sometimes this distinction can be made based on who the item is from, or where it was procured. But it can also be as simple as whether or not the item brings you joy or makes you happy. Placing a treasured item centrally is a teaching in feng shui. Foregrounding these joyful items makes you happier whenever you walk in the room and see it.
We hope these feng shui inspired tips help you to change your life by decluttering your home. What about those items you don’t need in your space but might later on? An on-demand storage service like Wayforth offers pickup and delivery on your schedule. Wayforth is great for short or long term storage needs, and costs less than traditional self-storage. So, start decluttering your home using feng shui organization and check out your Guaranteed Estimate at Wayforth today!