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Clearing Clutter The Feng Shui Way

Updated on September 30, 2013

Feng Shui Clutter and Design Tips

When the seasons change, some may groan (myself included) at the nasty chore of once again cleaning out the clutter we have allowed to accumulate in our once peaceful home. However, when done the "feng shui way" this task can bring about many positive changes in your overall life as well as your home.

When we take the time and effort to clear out the clutter from our daily lives, we are in fact saying to the universe, "Yes, I can let go of my past baggage and I am ready for new opportunities and new experiences".

Each season is a time for new beginnings, let this year finally be the year that you begin renewed and ready for anything! Here are some simple Feng Shui clutter organizing tips and design ideas to get you started on your path...

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A Home's Entrance Should Flow with Welcoming Energy: - First Impressions Count

Front doors and pathways leading to your home are the first thing visitors notice. Therefore in Feng Shui, main entrances determine how you present yourself to the world.

How do you want others to see you?

Here are a few feng shui tips; place a beautiful ceramic pot of flowers, with a touch of red at your front door. Ceramic represents the Earth element (grounding & stable), while red is a very auspicious color, adding power and luck.

If you place an outdoor fountain by your front door to activate "kan gua", career luck, make sure the water flows toward your door, not away from it. You want all that good Chi (life force) to come into your life, not flow out of it!

Hang a welcoming wind chime to help keep the positive Chi moving. Ensure that the area is well lit, as light attracts good Chi, thereby increasing its flow into your house.

"Every house where love abides

And friendship is a guest,

Is surely home, and home sweet home

For there the heart can rest."

~ Henry Van Dyke

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~ William Morris

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~ William Morris
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~ William Morris

Feng Shui Tools - "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~ John Mui

Create A New Energy in Your Once Cluttered Old Space:

Life's Natural Renewal

After clearing out any area of your home. It is time to focus on bringing a fresh energy of Chi into your new space; fresh flowers, fresh air, fresh fruits on the kitchen table, and fresh scents will bring life to a stale room.

Wind chimes can be used indoors, as well as outdoors, to slow down fast-moving Chi, or to lift the energy of a room. If a certain area of your home continues to collect clutter, hang a wind chime there for a few days and make sure it sounds often. It will help loosen up the stuck energy so your clutter-clearing efforts will progress more quickly.

Once your work-day is done; to promote calm, health, and restfulness, incorporate the scent of vanilla into your home. Vanilla helps to soothe and comfort, as well as decrease stress. Breathe in relaxation, and give yourself a moment to just "be".

"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?" ~ Edward Giobbi

Fresh Feng Shui Scents - "To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat." ~ Beverly Nichols

Kitchen Clutter and Healthy Energy: - "We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink..." ~ Epicurus

One of the main areas which has a large impact on your health, is your kitchen.

Clutter in the kitchen, can cause damage to your overall health and well-being. Physically, it blocks your body's energy, making you feel tired and lethargic. Mentally, it causes you to feel confused and disorganized. Emotionally, clutter can make you feel ashamed, unmotivated and depressed.

Check the area under the sink; keep only the cleaning products that you use. Go through each shelf on your refrigerator and freezer; remove any out-of-date items. Minimize "stuff" on the counter tops.

Clean your stove, inside and out: A shiny, properly functioning stove is symbolic of prosperity and wealth. If any kitchen appliance is broken, get it fixed or get rid of it.

Place lucky bamboo or other plants near the kitchen sink to discourage wealth from going down the drain. You may also tie a red ribbon on your faucet to accomplish this as well.

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Bedroom Clutter and Relationship Energy: - "It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home." ~ Author Unknown

To enhance any relationship, pay special attention to clutter in your bedroom. Bedroom clutter will clog the energy of both you and your partner.

With the change of seasons, it is a good time to work on closets and drawers. Store or toss winter clothing. Sort through your winter clothes, eliminating anything that no longer fits, can't be repaired, or you just don't like anymore.

After clearing the clutter, fill the room with any of these scents; rose, which encourages warm, loving feelings; lavender which calms; or jasmine, which enhances harmony and desire.

Office Clutter and Career Energy:

Desk Dumping

If your desk is a dumping ground, you will lack the energy, motivation and concentration needed to do well in any job.

A clear, organized desk will increase your productivity, creativity and job satisfaction. Choose to start practicing the habit of always leaving your desk clear whenever you finish working.

If you work on a computer, go through and delete any unnecessary files. This will help you feel empowered and in control of your career.

Feng Shui placement of your desk should be in the furthest corner from the door, but where you can still easily see the door, as this is a power spot.

Feng Shui Office

Basement, Attic or Garage Clutter Drains Energy:

"With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes we get so caught up in the main parts of our house, that we forget about the basement, garage and attics. In Feng Shui, these ares represent our past, our buried feelings and our leftover"baggage".

Spring is an ideal time to tackle the junk you have piled there, to deal with "later". Take a few hours to sort through your belongings and see if there are items that you don't use, are broken, out of date, or bring up unpleasant memories.

Once this chore is done, you will sleep better at night and feel lighter knowing your past is free and clear.

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    • hkhollands profile image

      hkhollands 4 years ago

      I read this to motivate myself to declutter my basement. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      mymoodswings 5 years ago

      ... hardest nastiest thing to do but yes.. de-cluttering is in progress.. sorting out stuff i don't need anymore and send them to charity.. great lens.. thank you..

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      GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

      Great lens - love the ideas. Thank you.

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      JaneEyre9999 6 years ago

      Great lens! I have the Harmonious Environment Book and highly recommend it.

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Just the inspiration I needed. Lovely Lens and great info - thanks for sharing.

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      PaulaSquidoo 6 years ago

      Great lens. I really enjoyed reading it.

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      I love keeping spaces decluttered. I function much better without being surrounded by junk. I really enjoyed your lens. :)

    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image

      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Thank you for a very informative lens. "De-Cluttering" has been something we are working on. We are continually amazed at how much "stuff" we have that is of no use to us.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Absolutely, I'd have a garage sale, sell all my things, and move into a one bedroom with the basics every nine months or so, if I didn't have my love attachments that need space, stuff, things... -:)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I was going to tackle my desk today, plus put up the Christmas tree, and start my Christmas cards. Maybe a bit over-ambitious.

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      Sarah Switalski 7 years ago from Iowa

      Wonderful lens full of helpful tips! I have started the decluttering process and this is very motivational and will keep me going! You have been blessed by a SquidAngel and added to my angel lens :)

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      Tamara14 7 years ago

      Such a joy to stumble upon this lens! I know basically everything that's mentioned here, but the fact is that we tend to complicate our lives for no reason at all. Thank you for pointing that out. Best of luck!

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      jmichaels010 7 years ago

      wonderful lens and very informative....keep them coming!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I absolutely love the ideas to help me declutter my home and to ring in success, while preventing it from going "down the drain"... i feel enthusiastic about getting started now. Thanks a million!

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      I've been fascinated with Feng Shui principals - I love the tips in your lens. We are currently decluttering our home, and what an amazing difference already! We're blessing other families by donating things we don't need, and we're gaining space and comfort.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with some very helpful tips!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I'll be honest, with my hand injury I have the perfect excuse this year to employ the Feng Shui cleaners to do my cleaning!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I feel very relaxed and ready to tackle a few more closets. Thanks for the uplifting info on Feng Shui. Happy Spring and Belated Congratulations on your Purple Star. :)

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      davis66 8 years ago

      What great information. I really agree that clutter kills! Nice lens!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      I am very interested in this, and putting it in to favorites to come back and study

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      Jacqueline Marshall 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Well done lens! I'm working on a cluttered desk so I better start Feng Shui-ing.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I could use a Feng Shui spring cleaning around here, some things are accumulating that I need to get rid of.

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      Barkely 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding this lens to the Relaxation Group:-)

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Four Seasons group!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Good advise and nicely done. 5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent work! Love the tips about clearing clutter. Very important!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens! I just feng shuied my place. Welcome to the Spirituality Group!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on the purple star! Our basement needs a good spring cleaning, but I'm dreading doing it.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Great lens. Clearing my desk space is on my list for this weekend. Congratulations on the purple star

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      Congrats on your purple star! This is such an inspiring lens...can't wait to to do spring cleaning, now!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Good advice that I really need to put into practice. I do have an inviting red front door! Congratulations on the new purple star!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      excellent tips!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Oh my, I badly need to do some space clearing in my home 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust for an inspirational lens

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      Ewww - I guess I need to clean out the garage!!! Way to go with another wonderful lens. 5****

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      Laurel Johnson 9 years ago from Washington KS

      I've incorporated feng shui techniques into my home for years. Everyone who visits comments on the calm, peaceful atmosphere. New to me were your tips to use OUTSIDE the home. I will work on that some day soon. Thanks for this!! Good info. 5 and fave.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Great lens for spring! A little more Feng Shui will make any home feel more like Spring.

      Don't forget that in order to be featured in the Here Comes Spring Group you need to join.