Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Got clutter? If you have a clutter problem but you don’t know where to start clearing it, you are not alone. More than 1.4 million Americans report suffering from chronic hoarding and clutter. The good news is that applying a few simple Feng Shui principles can get you on the road to clearing your clutter once and for all.
We all have some amount of clutter, but excessive clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward in your life. To make matters worse, we waste at least 55 minutes a day looking for things, and we never use 80 percent of what we own. Think about that for a while as you stare at the piles on paper on your desk, the unworn clothes in your closet, and the months of unread magazines in your family room.
Feng Shui principles believe that “nothing new comes into your life until you make room for it.” That means you need to start clearing out the old stuff you are holding on to in order to make room for new things to flow into your life.
But often we are so overwhelmed by our clutter that we don’t know where to start. Whether your clutter problem is major, minor, or somewhere in between, Feng Shui can come to your rescue.
If you have trouble deciding whether an object is clutter or a keeper, ask yourself these six questions to help decide.
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I need it?
3. Does it reflect who I am at this point in my life?
4. Does it have positive emotional attachment?
5. If it needs to be repaired am I willing to pay to fix it right now?
6. If I moved tomorrow would I pay a mover to take it with me?
If your answer was No to any one of the questions, the item is clutter and it's time to move it out of your life.
Feng Shui principles believe that “a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.” To unclutter both your house and your mind, make sure you clear clutter with a prosperity consciousness (that is, I can afford to replace the item in the future if I need it) rather than a poverty mentality (I might never have enough money to replace the object in the future).
Get rid of clutter today and make room for wealth, harmony, and love to flow into your home tomorrow. Here are some resources to get you started.
Free Tip Sheet -- As you start on the path to clearing clutter, eventually you might end up looking at a big pile of “stuff” and wondering what you can do with it. The free tip sheet, 88 Feel-Good Reasons To Get Rid of It includes websites for numerous places where you can donate your stuff, take a tax write-off, and feel good while doing it. Click here to download your copy
New Book -- The Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office -- Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love by Carol M. Olmstead has an entire section called the "Clutter Clinic" that gives you a month-by-month guide for clearing clutter. You can order the book at Amazon.com.
E-Book -- The e-book Clutter Free and Clear. Take Charge of Your Time and Space! is a compilation of tips on clutter clearing written by eight experts on clutter-clearing topics including Feng Shui, hoarding, computers, aging parents, events and parties, and clutter clearing in various rooms. Includes exercises to help you move forward plus lots of free stuff to download.
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