Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Every year on New Year's Day I undertake a major Feng Shui rearranging, cleaning, and clutter-clearing project to make room for good things to flow into my life in the coming year. In Feng Shui, we believe that “nothing good flows into your life until you make room for it," so when you clear out a space, you create a path for positive energy to follow right into your home.
Last year, my big New Year's Day re-arrangement project was my garage. As it is for many of my clients, my garage occupies the Helpful People Area of the bagua; that is, the area in the lower right hand corner of your home. This is the area that relates to your clients, mentors, and travel plans, and in general is important for attracting people who will support you as you move toward your life goals. Clearly, this is a place to keep clear and clutter-free. But how many of us can say we keep our garages clutter-free on a daily basis? Mine was certainly due for a major clearing.
It took most of the day (which was OK because how many New Year’s Day football games can you realistically watch in one day, anyway), and it also took a lot of trash bags set up for recycling, free-cycling, donations, and just plain trash. But, by the end of the day the garage was clean, open, and beautiful, with ample open and clear space to allow new energy to flow throughout this critically important area. The added benefit was that the garage could comfortably fit both cars.
The Feng Shui result? In the first week of that year, my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office went international -- I received an unexpected large order of books from an international library service in Singapore. That same week, I was contracted to work for two new clients. Was it cause and effect or simply coincidence? I invite you to clean out your garage next weekend -- or any other cluttered room or space in your house that you have been avoiding -- and see for yourself. And to keep your good chi energy flowing throughout the year, it’s a good Feng Shui practice to schedule a re-arranging and clearing project not only on the first day of the year, but on the first day of every month.
This year, my New Year's Day clutter-clearing project included the cabinets in the master bathroom and the shelves in the kitchen pantry. What will happen as a result this year? I'll post results in a future article.
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