WIND AND WATER
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. Feng means wind and shui means water, two natural elements that flow and circulate freely on earth. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, so good Feng Shui came to represent good fortune. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and harmony. It takes years of study to fully comprehend all aspects, but the basic levels are easy to understand and can provide a very helpful approach to organizing your life.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF FENG SHUI?
Feng Shui aims to create living and work environments that are comfortable, orderly, supportive and nourishing. Clearing out clutter is an intrinsic part of the practice. The relationship between clutter and Feng Shui involves chi. Chi is the invisible flow of energy that is ever present and links all things, living and non-living, together. In other words, you and your environment are deeply connected.
FREE FLOWING ENERGY
In Feng Shui, the placement of objects either impedes or promotes the flow of energy. In order for chi to flow freely, you need to have clear, unobstructed pathways throughout your space. When your home is cluttered, the energy becomes stagnant and can make the people living there feel tired and drained.
CLUTTER COMPLICATES YOUR LIFE
Most people do not realize the effect clutter has on them until it has gone. Clutter can deplete them mentally, physically and emotionally. Once the energy can flow freely, feelings of stress and anxiety ebb away to be replaced by balance and harmony. The reason most people do not deal with clutter is that getting rid of stuff is a very emotional process.
DECLUTTER BEFORE YOU REMODEL
Don’t just put away in boxes everything that is in the space you are going to redecorate. Force yourself to go through everything before the remodel begins. You will have less stuff to move and store. Only the things you really love should go back. This is an opportunity to really assess your possessions. It is easier to clear out junk once it is no longer occupying the space in the drawer or cupboard it has taken up for years.