I have only read 27 pages of Karen Kingston’s book ~ Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and so far it is obvious to me that what I said last week is true. Although I have only ever read the occasional article here and there on Feng Shui, and even less on the relationship of Feng Shui to clutter, there are a lot of parallels between these teachings and what I have been conveying here at 365 Less Things since I began blogging about decluttering. The words “negative energy” or “stagnant energy” really have much the same meaning as the “unhealthy relationship”, that I have talked about, between people and their clutter. That tug of war, if you will, that exists between the sentimental or other attachment to our stuff while at the same time, whether knowingly or unknowingly, we feel oppressed by it. We want it to be gone but we can’t bring ourselves to break the ties it has on us.
In chapter 4 ~ What is Clutter Exactly, Karen names her four categories of clutter. Below in bold I have stated those categories and beside each I have given the version I have described over and over again here at 365 Less Things.
- Things you do not use or love = Things you keep only out of obligation, habit or fear.
- Things that are untidy or disorganised = Where you have so much stuff that you just can’t find the energy or how-to to get or stay organised.
- Too many things in too small a space = The parallel is obvious here.
- Anything unfinished = Aspiration clutter .
I do have to draw the line at believing that the history in the walls of a home can affect the new occupants, even without them being aware of that history. That is a little too hocus pocus for me. However I can already see, after reading so few pages, that this ancient practice and believe system does make it simple to describe the negatives feelings and connections to clutter, that I have at times struggled to convey in my writings. This paragraph from the book is a perfect example of that…
Having Clutter Can Keep You in the Past
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 which have dogged you for some time. You tend to 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. You have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.
Although I tend to agree with this statement, I personally couldn’t so confidently confirm that decluttering your home will solve all your issues from your past, but it sure is a good place to start.
No doubt this book will continue to influence my blogging while I am reading through it and at the end I will do a full review of my thoughts on the book. For now though, I can plainly see the parallels of these ancient teachings and what I believe about clutter and I am eager to read more.
Today’s Mini Mission
Clean behind a piece of furniture that is against a wall. This job will, at the least, include making enough space in the room to be able to pull the item away from the wall so you can clean behind it. At worse, if the item contains breakable items or it has items resting on it you may have to remove them first. For the sake of this exercise, as clutter is the special subject here at 365, choose an item that does require emptying. It will make you think twice about whether you need or want to have to go to this much trouble every time you clean behind it. Keep in mind that in order to keep your home properly clean this task should happen at least quarter yearly.
Eco Tip for the Day
Making a nice big one pot meal takes no more time or energy than a smaller one, but it does save on effort and energy by creating leftovers meals.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow