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Feng Shui Decluttering Tips

Updated on January 10, 2017
Feng Shui Living Area
Feng Shui Living Area | Source

Using Feng Shui to Help Organize Your Home

Feng Shui is recognized as a very effective method for decluttering and organizing your living spaces.

When used properly, not only do you reap the benefits that come with the positive flow of energy, a neat and well-organized room is simply nicer to look at for both you and your guests.

Many people wonder what Feng Shui is and if it can really be used to make life simpler and less stressful.

The rest of this article aims to help answer a few of these question, as well as providing some Feng Shui tips for organizing your living and working areas.

Recommended Fung Shui Guide

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

I first heard about this book while listening to the author on a recent radio show interview. I was impressed with her energy and passion for the art of Feng Shui.

Karen Rauch Carter is very good at explaining Feng Shui in terms that the average Joe can understand, as well as having an immense bank of knowledge to draw upon when giving out individual advice.


Basic Feng Shui Home Organizing Techniques

Simplicity is the key to effective Feng Shui.

Remove Clutter From The Home Entryway

The entrance to your house is where the Chi energy comes into the home, and a cluttered entryway will slow the flow. Keep the inside clear of boots, shoes, and coats, and remove trash bins and tools from around the outside.

It is also recommended to use the front door of the house when arriving home rather than a side or back door to bring in positive energy more effectively.

Keep Up With Home Repairs

Everything in your home has an energy to it, so keeping appliances running, burned out light bulbs replaced and door knobs & cabinet handles nice and tight help with energy flow. Ensure all doors and windows are working properly, and keep stairs in good repair and stairwells free from unwanted items.

Just as the energy flow in your body can be affected by how well you take care of yourself, a home in need of repairs can suffer from blocked energy as well.

Use Colors Properly

Certain areas of the home are more suited to particular colors than other. For instance, blue is a Feng Shui color associated with staying organized, so having blue around your work area or the place you pay the bills is suggested.

Keeping your workspace clear of distractions is also a good idea to help stay organized and focused. If you work from home, eliminating distractions can go a long way towards improving your productivity.

Keep The Living Room Center Clear and Corners Lit

Avoid placing coffee tables and the like smack dab in the middle of your living room as it impedes energy flow. Keeping the corners of your rooms lit will help curb the temptation to clutter things up and provide for a more pleasant visual experience.

Arrange your furniture so that your have your back to a wall when sitting on a couch or chair that is not in the center of the room.

Beyond the Bed and Bath

The bedroom and bathroom are 2 of the first places you will see when you start the day, so keeping the bed made and the bathroom tidy will go a long way towards setting a precedence for organizing that will follow you throughout the day.

Keep Work, Sleeping, and Living Areas Apart

If you work at home, do so in a designated area. If you work outside the home, tidying up your desk or work area at the end of the day will help you start the next day in the right frame of mind. A cluttered desk IS a cluttered mind.

Feng Shui That Kitchen

The kitchen is an area of abundance in Feng Shui, so keeping things organized is important. As in all areas of the home, everything should have a place, and be in that place when not being used. Having to continually look for something is not only counter-productive it can lead to elevated levels of stress.

By Zhao Huiqian 趙撝謙 - Liushu benyi 六書本義, Public Domain,
By Zhao Huiqian 趙撝謙 - Liushu benyi 六書本義, Public Domain, | Source

The Tools of Feng Shui

There are 2 basic tools used in Feng Shui: the Ba-Gua map and the compass.

The Ba-Gua map has 8 areas of specialization with the color schemes best suited for each area along with the portion of your life that is affected when energies are properly directed.

Direction: North

Color Scheme: Water Colors - Blue and Black

Life Areas Affected: Career Path and Life Path

Direction: Northeast

Color Scheme: Earth Colors - Beige, Sandy/Earth, and Light Yellow

Life Areas Affected: Self-Cultivation and Spiritual Growth

Direction: East

Color Scheme: Wood Colors - Green and Brown

Life Areas Affected: Family and Health

Direction: Southeast

Color Scheme: Wood Colors - Green and Brown

Life Areas Affected: Money & Abundance

Direction: South

Color Scheme: Fire Colors - Pink, Bright Yellow, Red, Purple and Orange

Life Areas Affected: Reputation and Fame

Direction: Southwest

Color Scheme: Earth Colors - Beige, Sandy/Earth, and Light Yellow

Life Areas Affected: Marriage and Love

Direction: West

Color Scheme: Metal Colors - Grey and White

Life Areas Affected: Children and Creativity

Direction: Northwest

Color Scheme: Metal Colors - Grey and White

Life Areas Affected: Travel, Blessings and Helpful People

The Feng Shui Compass

Another important tool used by Feng Shui professionals is the Luo Pan or Feng Shui compass. Opposite of normal compasses, the Feng Shui compass points to the magnetic south pole. Interestingly, compass translates as "pointing south needle" in Chinese.

The Luo Pan is a directional finder with up to 40 rings on the surface of a wood or metal plate, which is divided into 24 directional sections of 15 degrees each.

A "heaven dial" rotates on top of the plate similar to a normal compass.

There are 3 main types of Luo Pan compasses, the San He, San Yuan and Zong He.

Feng Shui Compass
Feng Shui Compass | Source
Feng Shui Tortoise
Feng Shui Tortoise | Source

The Four Symbolic Animal Spirits

Each of these sacred animals covers an area of the map, and likewise, a corresponding area surrounding the home.

Crimson Phoenix - North. Front of house. Signifies opportunity.

Green Dragon - East. Left side of house (if front of house points north). Signifies abundance and prosperity.

White Tiger - West. Right side of house (if front of house points north). Signifies protection.

Black Tortoise - South. Back of house. Signifies support.

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I love your practical decluttering Feng Shui advice, removing all unnecessary mystery from the process.

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      Hal Gall 2 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Hi. It's mainly about the flow of energy. Blocked energy can cause problems in the body as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the principles of feng shui. I think that most of it is really common sense especially around clutter. However, over and beyond this, I lack understanding.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      I love learning new things to de-clutter my house

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @BritFlorida: I am quite interested in the flow of energies and how feng shui affects it. I was really surprised about the proper placement of mirrors, and how, if it isn't done correctly, you can have all sorts of bad chi zinging around your home. Thanks for the visit and comments!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I'm a neat-freak and love feng shui. My neighbour is a professional consultant and said that our home was already very good but made one or two suggestions. Now, every time something new comes into the home I have to ask her where's the best place for it to go!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @cmadden: My problem is "pack-rat-itis". I have a hard time tossing stuff out, so I organize my junk.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Like AussieWriter, I find it very difficult to due clutter.

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      BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I'm just a little familiar with Feng Shui, but anything that helps me de-clutter with a purpose is a great start to really look into the practice. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I love the feng shui ideas but find it is very hard tro declutter.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I am actually a Feng Shui master and it really works!!! But you really need to make sure it's the REAL Feng Shui not one of those marketing deals :) Blessed!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @MiaMusement: She sounded like she knew her stuff when I was listening to her show. Thanks for stopping by!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      You picked a great book to highlight. It offers a lot of excellent feng shui tips for organizing and decorating your home.

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