You have heard about clearing the clutter at least once in your life. Many times you might think if a given thing is
I am writing about clutter because we will soon start a new Chinese Year, exactly on the 4th of February 2019. The Chinese tidy and clean their houses very thoroughly before this event and according to Feng Shui school which becomes modern in the Western world, too.
What Is Clutter
Let’s start from the matter. According to Karen
- things you don’t use or love
- things that are untidy or disorganized
- too many things in too small a space
- anything unfinished
She also divides clutter into physical, mental, social, digital, emotional and spiritual ones. I have decided to divide it a bit differently so that you can easier find the issue which could be fixed.
10 Kinds of Clutter
I could list even more, but in order not to frighten you too much, I have limited the number to ten. Some might be easy to clear and eliminate in the future. However, in some cases, lots of determination and motivation is required. All these categories will be described in more than one post. Let’s start from what’s the nearest – our home.
1. Untidy And Messy House/Flat
Before I start listing some examples of clutter here, let’s divide it into some categories:
“Maybe One Day I Need This”
You are hoarding “just in case” things, hoping to use them in the future. But then your future is limited by the clutter, especially when it starts to fill up all your space which is a must to create a brilliant future. Don’t let your stuff dictate you what is in store for you.
“The Way They Were”
In other words, sentimental clutter. Here you are hoarding your souvenirs, bank statements, books, notebooks and hundred of other things, just because they bring good memories from the past or it is a pity to get shot of them.
In this case, collecting and having things in an effort to increase your standing and make yourself feel accepted. “No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved…” The Dalai Lama. Now let’s move to the clutter in the house/flat:
According to Feng Shui cluttered basement can keep you locked in the past especially if the clutter is from past relationships, jobs or locations. The basement is the foundation of your home, so if your foundation is locked in the past how can you build a future?
Any clutter there is holding you back from attaining your dreams and future plans. It is like being under a giant thumb pressing you down. Think of all old
When you have clutter at your main entrance, it can limit opportunities in your career and personal development. According to Feng Shui, the front entrance is where the most chi enters the home – blocked chi = blocked opportunities. Shoes, boxes with things, drawers are only some examples.
Clutter Behind Doors
It simply equals low energy in the room that the door leads into. The door needs to be able to swing and open fully. Examples of clutter here: boxes, chests of drawers, shoes, storage containers.
For example too much large furniture blocks or slows chi this can represent or lead to a lack of progress in your life. Compressed or squeezed chi in the front hallway could lead to health issues and lethargy. Even the house which has very airy corridors needs to have adjustments taken carefully, not cluttering the strong chi.
The Junk/Spare Room:
According to Feng Shui, some parts of the house are inauspicious for some people living there because of their geographical direction. The Chinese usually keep junk things there. But even though no one sleeps in this room full-time clutter is undesirable in that area.
There might be temporary clutter (i.e. things which are ambiguous – you do not know if to keep or dump them) or storage of clothes, books etc. But even then, you need to keep only things which are really useful and you like them plus keep them tidy at all times.
Under the Bed
Unfortunately, many beds manufactured in Europe do not have space under them so you even do not need to hoard clutter there. And sometimes you need to block the ch
In a Nutshell
We all need to keep clutter at bay. I have described what clutters particular parts of your house and what clutter is. My next article will cover the next kinds of clutter.
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