When it comes to harmonizing your living space, Feng Shui is becoming a popular choice for home decorators and designers. The good news is you don’t have to be a professional to get great results. There are some simple things you can do to get the positive energy flowing.
Sure, Feng Shui seems a little bit confusing at first. There may seem to be many rules to follow, but remember that it essentially comes down to common sense choices. If you have too much clutter, you’re not going to live in harmony with your environment.
Your home is like your body. If negative energy builds up, it can cause illness. Even from a Western point of view, junk removal serves a number of important functions. It can discourage:
- Dust and allergens affecting air quality
- Mold growth
- Pest infestations
- Tripping or toe-stubbing hazards to your house guests
How does your home make you feel?
This is a great indicator of whether healthy chi (life force) can flow through it. If you’re depressed by what you find, chances are a junk removal project is in order to rid yourself of anything that isn’t in its proper place.
You can become a Feng Shui master and junk removal expert by testing your home’s flow. Start at your front door and travel all the way to the living room. Then ask yourself:
- Did you have to step over anything?
- Did you bump yourself on something?
- Does everything have its proper place?
- Did you feel surprised by a mirror looking at you when you entered a space?
- Did you discover an unpleasant view along your route (i.e.: a cluttered bathroom or garbage?)
In each instance, you are travelling the path that energy must travel unimpeded. Bumping or tripping on something in your way means that there is an imbalance at work. Consider rearranging furniture to prevent bad flow, and purge unnecessary items. Junk is getting in the way of your prosperity! Let it go.
Mirrors, mirrors everywhere
According to Feng Shui, if you see a mirror when you walk in, energy is bouncing off of it. This doesn’t mean that you need to toss your mirror. Consider placing a plant or a vase in front of it. This way, energy can be absorbed and not reflected.
If, as you’re walking the path of chi through your home, you see an unpleasant view of a bathroom, this can be remedied. Simply put a mirror on its door and keep it closed. Mirrors aren’t always bad. They can ‘reflect’ negative energy. If you have a view of garbage, you should get rid of it—and read one of our many posts about decluttering! You or your guests shouldn’t be able to see anything unpleasant. No amount of mirrors can fix this!
No two objects can occupy the same space
First of all, go through your belongings. One tenet of Feng Shui suggests that no two objects can occupy the same space. Simplicity is key!
In order for new money and possessions to enter your life, you must make room for them. If an object is not useful, beautiful or meaningful to you, recycle it from your life.
The best time to go through your stuff is after the holidays because your home may be filled with presents and new purchases. Now is a great time to decide what should be kept and what should be discarded. Items that you have in duplicate can be regifted. If items are broken or damaged, put them in the pile marked for junk removal.
Winter and the New Year is the perfect time to weed out the junk in order to make room for prosperity in the coming spring.
Deal with repairs
If your pets damage furniture, repair it, replace it or remove it. Disrepair suggests a home in disarray. If your home is your life, then both are literally ‘falling apart.’
If you’ve recently undergone a renovation you may have a pile of debris in your front or backyard. If there’s snow covering it, it may be out of sight, but it isn’t out of mind. Again, energy is lying stagnant. This is a huge Feng Shui no-no.
Hopefully some of these tips will encourage you to look at your home in the best light possible. If you have questions or comments, you know who to call!
Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.