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Three Secrets for Dealing with Clutter

My client Kathy runs a very successful business that requires a lot of her time, so over the past few years she has not been able to keep up with the clutter at her home. Things just kept accumulating and it became quite an issue.  Clutter is a problem that to some extend all of us have to deal with these days!  Everyone has some amount of it, and while many learn to manage, for some it becomes a huge obstacle. This article was inspired to help Kathy and many others who are ready to do a round of decluttering.

My personal experience of moving frequently in my younger years, changing cities and countries, had taught me how to leave things behind.  But after settling down in my current home of 17 years, random stuff inevitably started piling up. It took some years of observing myself and others to fully understand the effects of clutter on our well being. I am not a clutter consultant but seeing so much of its negative impact in my feng shui practice has taught me a great deal about it and how to deal with it.

During our session, my clients get the necessary insights, a plan, and the motivation and energy to start decluttering.  After clearing out a few areas, energy starts to flow and it becomes easier to continue the process.  Once the space is reclaimed, we conclude by implementing feng shui recommendations to complete the transformation!  But sometimes more help is needed, so for some it is a good idea to work with personal organizer until things are under control.

My most significant personal experience with clutter happened during my last major remodeling round when everything had to be moved out of the second floor.  I’ve always thought of myself as a person who keeps clutter to a minimum so I was surprised by how much stuff had accumulated in my closets over the years.  There were things that I didn’t even know I still had because they were behind other things!  Among them were art purchases that didn’t work out, tons of my own photos and framing experiments, accessories that had since been replaced, lamps, pillows, and some random little things that had lost their meaning.  It was pretty obvious that I don’t need most of this, and I realized that this had actually been weighing on my subconscious for some time. There was a feeling of tension, irritation, disharmony, heaviness and even guilt that I could now attribute to the clutter.  So three quarters of this stuff never made its way back upstairs!

I have to admit that it wasn’t too easy getting rid of all of this, but I was ruthless and kept going.  Let me tell you, it felt really good at the end!  Actually, it felt incredible!  I loved the feeling of spaciousness in my closets and rearranged them in a way that made it possible to see everything.  I felt light, joyful and even younger.  And I felt in control because I knew what I had and where to find it.  Since then, I’ve developed the habit of going through my closets and drawers two or three times a year.  Now, I even crave the feeling of lightness that I get after a good round of decluttering and it doesn’t take much time at all.

Here are three guidelines that I’ve created for myself over the years. I hope they would be useful for you too:

Things in your home influence you.  Ask yourself how you want to feel and surround yourself with things that reflect and represent that.  Most of us want love, inspiration, joy, relaxation, prosperity, creativity, clarity, organization, harmony… you got the idea.  Let’s call it a certain sense of well being.  Whatever doesn’t represent that is clutter!

We change.  Our tastes develop and our goals shift as time goes by.  Look at your furniture, accessories and clothing and ask yourself: “Is this me or not me?  Does it reflect who I am today or who I want to be tomorrow?” Whatever doesn’t, is clutter!

Your home and the things in it are an extension of you.  So honor yourself by surrounding yourself with things you deserve, want and and love.  Everything else is clutter!

My work is based on the very simple principle that we are intimately connected with our environment and all the things in it, emotionally and energetically.  So we can shape how we feel by surrounding ourselves with things that represent how we want to feel.

Also read a blog article:  Transform Your Home into a Sanctuary with Feng Shui

Transform Your Home into a Sanctuary with Feng Shui

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A few weeks ago, on a flight back from vacation, I had a sudden feeling of joy as a thought about home crossed my mind. The thought was followed by an image of my family room, but it looked a bit different than it does in person. The room was filled with a shimmering golden light and felt alive. I then saw other parts of the house filled with a similar light, and there was a feeling of warmth and quiet joy. It was as if the house was speaking to me, like a person who missed me, and I missed it too.

Creating this kind of connection to the home is what I’ve been helping my clients with for over a decade, and I am going to share what I have learned along the way in this workshop. Please mark your calendar for April 9th, 2-4pm, for Feng Shui Room by Room: Transforming your Home into a Sanctuary.

Eight tips for how to infuse your home with warmth and nourishment

Ask yourself this simple question: “How do I feel when I enter my home?” Everyone has a different relationship with their home, but most of us need and want a supportive environment where we can relax, rejuvenate and thrive.

Although eventually you will want to infuse your entire home with beautiful energy, it is a good idea to start small. Begin with one room or even one corner and work on it until it feels just right.

Here are a few tips for different spaces.  IMG_1420

  1.       Before you begin creating your sanctuary, clear the clutter! Get rid of things you don’t love and things that don’t represent who you are anymore.
  2.       Use natural plants to soften the space and bring life into your home. Plants also improve air quality and even absorb electromagnetic radiation.
  3.       Place quartz and other gemstones to infuse a space with natural beauty and warm earth energy. Choose your stones carefully, but don’t overthink it.   Use your feelings and find a stone that you are drawn to.
  4.       Bring a feeling of relaxation with water.  Try pictures, sea shells and sea stones, or a fountain.
  5.       Create an area of a strong emotional response by grouping a few special and meaningful items together.
  6.       Add a few red and yellow items to the kitchen to bring joy and happiness while cooking meals and socializing.
  7.       Place a light colored rug or a sheepskin in the bedroom and use softer decor to enhance the feeling of sensuality.
  8.       Spray essential oils dissolved in water to clear energy and create a new vibe. Some favorites are grapefruit and lemongrass for the kitchen and roses for the bedroom.

The most important tip is this one: if you only have things that you love in your home, it will unavoidably love you back!

Happy Spring!

Natalia

 

Spring Home Rejuvenation

This article was inspired by my amazing body cleansing experience which I did as an online program with Lisa and Charlotte, two wonderful nutritionists from  Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse.

Lisa Mayer, a Holistic Health Coach, asked me to write something for the participants of the program that relates to home and cleansing. So here it is.

 

Part 1    Spring Home Detox

KitchenOur energy is interconnected with the energy of our home. One feeds and influences the other. Our homes reflect whether we are happy, balanced and healthy, or depressed, lonely and stuck. Spring is a great time to do both body cleanse and renew the energy in your home!

As we go through this body cleanse program it would be really good to consciously change a few things in our environment to support the vibrant, light and joyful state that is emerging as a result of this cleanse. Because if our home doesn’t have a similar vibe, it is very likely that sooner or later we will be pulled back into the same patterns that we are trying to break out of.

One of the main contributors to energetic toxicity in the home is clutter. This can be a small issue for some and a huge issue for others. Decluttering is not my specialty, but I am very familiar with it from the feng shui perspective. I assure you that clearing even a few areas will make a difference and it will be very much worth the time and effort. People report feeling lighter, freer, having more energy and more joy. Clutter often blocks certain aspects of our lives and when cleared things start flow and new opportunities show up.

Clutter contributes to:

  • Stress and feeling heavy physically and emotionally
  • Depression and feeling stuck
  • Excess body weight
  • A sense of chaos in life
  • Feelings of guilt and low self-esteem

If I would have to name 3 areas where you will be affected by clutter the most it would be your entry way, your kitchen and your bedroom.

1)      The entryway effects the energy of the whole building. This is the place where energy enters and distributes throughout the house. Keeping it free of clutter will enable better flow and circulation of energy. The entrance also gives the first impression when entering a house. When it is cluttered and disorganized, people report feeling unwelcome, anxious, irritated and stressed.

Examples of clutter:

  • Too many coats or shoes, especially old and worn out ones that you haven’t worn for several years
  • A pile of mail on your entryway table
  • Any other random things that do not belong in this area

2)      The kitchen relates to health and nourishment. Having a well-organized, well-lit, spacious and beautiful kitchen is guaranteed to promote better health, mood and overall happiness for you and your family. After remodeling my own kitchen I’ve noticed that having a more beautiful and better organized space gives me joy, satisfaction and makes me want to spend more time experimenting with healthy meals.

Examples of clutter:

  • Old food in the fridge
  • Expired cans and old pasta or grain in your pantry
  • Expired supplements and vitamins
  • Mail on the kitchen counters
  • Dishes that you never liked and will probably never use
  • A collection of recipes that you will never use
  • Broken things or things with missing parts

3)      The bedroom represents your inner self and your relationships. Having clutter in your bedroom will not only affect the quality of your sleep, but your self-esteem and your relationship.

Examples of clutter:

  • Any object that you don’t love
  • Too many books or magazines
  • Boxes of stuff under the bed
  • Old clothes and socks in the closet and drawers
  • Partially used old make-up

Clutter in your living room will affect your quality time and relationship with your family. Clutter in the basement relates to feeling stuck and heavy. Clutter in the attic will affect your clarity. Basically, any object that you don’t love, don’t use or feel obligated to keep is considered to be clutter.

I hope that I’ve inspired you enough to clear a few areas of your home.  For those rare and lucky individuals who don’t have any clutter, I promise the next part will be more exciting as I will address how to further shift the energy of your home to facilitate positive change.

 

Part 2    Spring Home Rejuvenation

Living Room after

After you’ve completed your decluttering a Space Clearing is a great way to get rid of old energetic patterns, stagnation and any kind of negativity. A Space Clearing will invite positive and supportive energy that is aligned with your goals and aspirations. If you are not familiar with the concept of a Space Clearing, here are a few simple things you can do yourself.

It’s easy, fun and pretty effective!

1)      Open the windows on a sunny day and let fresh air come in

2)      Play your favorite music loudly for a few hours

3)      Use some loud clapping or drumming in the room that feels the most stagnant. You can clap your bed, your sofa, chair, etc.

4)      Smudge the house with herbs, resins or incense.

* In my opinion sage is overused. Its vibration is too strong–it is a heavy duty tool and not appropriate for every home or every situation. It can even lower the vibration of your home. Lighter resins and incense are more appropriate in most situations. If you are interested in this, explore some copal or frankincense resins.

5)      If smudging doesn’t sound easy, you can spray a solution of essential oil and water. Get a spray bottle and dissolve approximately 50 drops in ½ cup of water. I like grapefruit in the kitchen and living room and rose or lavender in the bedroom

6)      Bring flowers, light candles, meditate or sit down, relax and contemplate on or write down your aspirations

Here are some feng shui tips for those who wants to take it a step further:

1)      Introducing Wood and Water elements in the east section your of home will enhance your health and family relationships. For Wood you can add some healthy, vibrant plants or add some green colors. A picture of water would be quite appropriate in the east as Water supports Wood.  Just make sure that there is no clutter or broken furniture inside or broken trees or fences outside on your property in the east.

2)      The center of your home relates to the health of the whole household.  Earth and Fire are elements that will help bring vibrant new energy into your home and life. Art with vibrant red, yellow or orange colors is a great choice as well as pottery, ceramic or clay dishes.

3)      Adding red and yellow colors in the kitchen will facilitate change and bring joy and enthusiasm. It can be added with kitchen accessories, pots, pans, dish towels, fruit bowls and art.

Happy spring home rejuvenation!

If you have any questions I would be happy to hear from you. If you liked the article please share it with your friends!

Natalia
www.nataliakaylin.com

 

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