Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Title: Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Author: Karen Kingston

Read In: 2024


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Feng shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives.

I have a highly developed ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense energy, so to begin a consultation the first thing I do is to go around the entire inside perimeter of the building, taking an energy reading with my hands. The history of events is recorded in the walls and furniture in the form of subtle etheric and astral imprints, and through reading and interpreting these I can detect everything of significance that has ever happened there. Traumatic or repetitive events are the most deeply embedded and have a correspondingly greater effect on present-day occupants. I am also able to find areas where the energy in the building has become stagnant and discover what needs to be done to improve its flow.

Whenever I come across clutter, its energy field is unmistak-able. It presents an obstacle to the flow of energy and has an un-pleasant, sticky, unclean feel to it, like moving my hands through unseen cobwebs. This is what first made me realize that clutter causes problems in people’s lives. It also has a distinctive musty, pervasive odor that I can smell if I walk into someone’s home, even if the clutter is hidden from sight.

For your life to work well, it is vital to have a good flow of life force energy or chi in your home and workplace.

Clutter accumulates when energy stagnates, and likewise, energy stagnates when clutter accumulates. So the clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening with you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself, because the more of it you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself.

If you somehow get your life moving again, you will instinctively want to clear the clutter out of your home and make a fresh start. It will feel like the obvious thing to do.

The reason clutter clearing is so effective is that while you are putting your external world in order, corresponding changes are going on internally, too. Everything around you, especially your home environment, mirrors your inner self. So by changing your home you are also changing the possibilities in your own life. Removing the obstacles to the harmonious flow of energy in your living environment creates more harmony in your life and the space for wonderful new opportunities to come to you.

Things that are loved, used, and appreciated have strong, vibrant, joyous energies, which allow the energy in the space to flow through and around them. If you have a clear focus in your life and you surround yourself with things that have this marvelous free-flowing energy, you will have a correspondingly happy, joyous, free-flowing life. Conversely, anything neglected, forgotten, unwanted, unloved, or unused will cause the energy in your home to slow and stagnate, and then you will feel that your life is not moving.

You are energetically connected to everything you own. When your home is filled with things that you love or use well, it becomes an incredible source of support and nourishment for you. Clutter, on the other hand, drags your energy down and the longer you keep it, the more it will affect you. When you get rid of everything that has no real meaning or significance for you, you feel lighter in body, mind, and spirit.

When all your available space is filled with clutter, there is no room for anything new to come into your life. Your thoughts tend to dwell in the past, and you feel bogged down with problems that have dogged you for some time. You tend to you look back rather than forward in your life, blaming the past for your current situation rather than taking responsibility for creating a better tomorrow. Clearing your clutter allows you to begin to deal with your problems, and move forward. It is vital to release the past to create a better tomorrow.

Learn to lighten up physically, and you’ll discover you can lighten up emotionally, too, and enjoy your life much more.

Just as clutter mutes the sounds and dulls the atmosphere in your home, it also mutes your ability to live life to the full. You can become a creature of habit and feel like you are living in a rut, just doing the same thing day after day, year after year. You may even become a boring person to know. Clearing the clutter allows the fresh winds of inspiration to enter your home and your lite. Even moving it around your home from time to time will help to refresh the energy.

A major clear-out is absolutely essential if you truly want to have passion, joy, and happiness in your life. These feelings are the experience of vital energies flowing through your body, which cannot happen if your channels are clogged.

Do you own your stuff or does it own you? Everything you own has a call on your attention, and the more clutter you have, the more your energy is tied up in mundane matters.

Another reason you may get attached to your belongings is that you feel your identity is somehow tied up in them. You can look at a ticket stub from a performance you went to ten years ago and say, “Yes, I was there, I did that.” You can look at a gift given to you by a friend and say, “Yes, I had a friend who cared enough about me to give me this.” By keeping these reminders around you, you may feel more secure in who you are.

It is fine to keep some gifts and mementos of happy times, providing they still have current value for you and are not so numerous that they anchor your energy too much in the past instead of the present. You can make sure of this by having regular clear-outs to keep the things you surround yourself with up-to-date with who you are and who you wish to become.

However, clearing outdated belongings of this type can present unique difficulties. You sometimes identify with them so strongly that you feel you are throwing a part of yourself away, or if discarding a gift from a friend, that you are throwing your friend’s kindness away. This accounts for the many ambivalent feelings about clearing sentimental clutter and, to a certain extent, these feelings are valid. Our possessions do become filled with our own frequencies, and the things we use often, feel fond of, or created ourselves are particularly permeated with our own energy. Gifts from friends, especially treasured items that they “want you to have,” are permeated with their energy.

This, incidentally, is one of the deeper reasons why people feel so emotionally devastated when they lose everything as a result of theft, fire, or flood. They are grieving for the parts of themselves and their friends they have lost with the possessions (although with hindsight they usually come to see the event as a wonderful opportunity to have a fresh start in life).

The fact is that our own continuance and well-being do not depend on keeping certain objects in our possession. It is perfectly okay to let these things go. If you identify very strongly with certain things and want to make it easy on yourself, see that they go to a good new home. Let them go with love, and give them to someone who will appreciate and use them. In this way, you will eventually come to feel guiltier about holding on to them than letting them go, because if you hold on to them, you become the obstacle to letting those objects have a whole new lease on life with someone who will really use and value them!

This territorialism and desire to possess things come from a lower, grasping part of you that strives to own and control things. Your Spirit already knows you own nothing. It is a matter of realizing that your happiness does not depend on your ownership of things. They can help you in your journey but they are not the journey itself.

Stuart Wilde has a chapter in his book Infinite Self called “Hold On to Nothing.” In it he explains:

Everything you have is in the care of the God Force. If you come home and the stereo is missing, you can say, “Ah, they’ve come for the stereo,” rather than getting uptight about it. It’s just gone back to the God Force. Somebody else has it now. That leaves space for another stereo to come into your life. Or it leaves space for no stereo at all. Now you’ll have the silence to meditate and think about who you are and what you want in this life.

Lite is constantly changing. So when an object comes into your life, enjoy it, use it well, and when it is time, let it go. It is that simple. Just because you own something doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. You are just a temporary custodian of many things as they pass through your life. You can’t, after all, take them with you when you die!

Everything material is merely energy in transition. You may think you own a house or have money in the bank, but the fact is you don’t even own the body you stand up in. It is on loan from the planet, and after you are done with it, it will be automatically recycled and appear in a different form without you. You are Spirit—glorious, eternal, indestructible Spirit—and your human circumstance is what can best be described as a transient “rent-a-body” situation.

Your body is the temporary temple of your Spirit. What you keep around you in the extended temple of your home needs to change as you change and grow, so that it reflects who you are. Particularly if you are engaged in any kind of self-improvement work, you need to update your environment regularly. So get in the habit of leaving a trail of discarded clutter in your wake, and start to think of it as a sign of your progression!

Fear stops you from being who you truly are and doing what you came here to do; clearing clutter brings you greater clarity about your life purpose. Fear suppresses your vital life force energy; releasing clutter helps reconnect you to your own natural vitality. Letting go of clutter leaves you free to be all you can be, which is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give yourself.

Junk Drawers:

What I am about to say may surprise you. My advice is: do have one. Designate one drawer that you can just throw things into. If you live in a big house, you may even need a junk drawer on every floor.

This whole clutter clearing thing is not about being obsessively perfect—it is about handling your belongings in such a way that the energy of your home is vibrant and flowing rather than dull and stagnant. In our busy world, we sometimes need the blessed relief of just opening a drawer and chucking in all those odd things that are littering the place. So do have a junk drawer but follow these three rules:

1. Choose a small drawer.

2. Use it sparingly.

3. Have regular clear-outs.


The important thing is that your home has a “heart” where people naturally feel drawn to spend time and hang out with one another. Even if you live alone, there still needs to be a place where you do this with yourself. A house without a heart is not a home.

Sometimes the living room or family room becomes the gathering point of this energy, or it may be the kitchen table or dining room. Wherever it is, it’s important that the energy doesn’t whiz through the space too quickly. It needs to be able to collect and blend before moving on its way. So this is one instance where a few well-chosen decorative objects can be placed to anchor the energy and create a homey atmosphere. Make this space as inviting as possible; it is particularly important to have an attractive centerpiece that symbolizes something relevant and inspiring to the people who live there. But if you have too much clutter, the heart of your home will become stagnant, so it’s important to get the balance right.

It is as if we are now living many lifetimes in the space of one.

The reason for this lies in the unseen worlds of energy. We are living in a time when higher levels of human development are open to us than ever before. Therefore, the last thing we want to do is get stuck on collecting frogs when there is a whole world of exciting new possibilities out there just waiting to be tapped.

The art of understanding collections is to find out why you are collecting, learn from it, and then move on. Don’t limit yourself. Make space for something new to come into your life.

Holding on to old books is a very common problem, especially for people with inquiring minds. To many, their books are like faithful companions. They are always there to keep you company, to impart knowledge, inspire, entertain, and stimulate in a myriad of different ways.

But the problem with holding on to old books is that it doesn’t allow you to create space for new ideas and ways of thinking to come into your life. Your books symbolically represent your ideas and beliefs, and when you have too many of them filling bookshelves in your home, you become set in your ways and develop fusty energy like the fusty old books you surround yourself with.

Aim to end up with a collection of books that represent you as you are today and the intended “you” of tomorrow. If you’re a person with serious intellectual pursuits, this may amount to a substantial library that a part of your consciousness rests on and engages with.

For most people it will just be a bookcase or two. Keep some reference books that you commonly use, allow yourself the luxury of a few other books simply because you love them or love your associations with them, and let the rest go.

Donating books to your local library is an excellent solution if you are really anxious that you will miss them. It is very comforting to know that if you ever need them, you can borrow them back for a while. In the meantime they are being useful to others instead of clogging up your bookshelves and clogging up your life. The interesting thing about donating books to the local library is that people very rarely find they want to borrow them back. After letting them go, they move on to something new in their lives and forget all about those old tomes.