Feng Shui crossed my path years before I became a professional organizer. It always had a slightly mysterious aura about it. I realized that at some point in my life, when the time was right, I would learn more about it. That opportunity presented itself when I attended my first NAPO conference 4 years ago. Since then I have found the “Fun Shui” approach to be very helpful when starting any Organizing or Design project.
First of all …it doesn’t make you feel terrible about yourself for being a bit messy in certain areas. I have found that most areas of messiness correlate to a messy life situation. Clean up the area… things in that part of your life improve. Example: finding that your cat litter box is in your romance bagua or that dusty piece of exercise equipment is in your financial bagua. Now you have a reason to move it!
As a culture we seem to accumulate lots of stuff, never understanding that the stuff has energy. The practice of Yoga talks about keeping your “chi” moving. The same has to happen in the spaces in your home. Dead flowers in a room (dried flowers – or actual dead ones) can stop energy flat! So can hanging onto things that don’t allow you to move forward in your life. The things we choose to keep have the power to make our lives better – or detract from them.
If you want to have some fun with your organizing, start with the intention to clear out the messiness to find that valuable real estate in your home. Just notice if the messy space has a correlation to an area that you may have issues with. Have a laugh at yourself and carry on. Watch your life unfold!