By Erica Sofrina,Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World
Most of us concentrate on fixing up our homes but consider garages, the areas to store everything forgotten or broken that we don’t have a place for. Now that Spring is here, this is the perfect time to clean out that garage and actually enjoy pulling into an organized, clean and, yes, inspiring place!
Feng Shui teaches that every object that we own should have its place and purpose. That it is filled with energy or chi that is actively engaging and affecting us, albeit subtle. If it is something we don’t need, don’t use regularly, or is not something we love, it represents stuck energy in our space. We should either chuck it, sell it, or give it away to someone who can use it.
Feng Shui represents the original green movement of reduce, recycle and reuse. It teaches us to honor the earth and leave a light foot print.
At the foundation of Feng Shui is the premise that our outer environment always reflects our inner environment. Having large areas that are a ‘no-man’s land’ where vast quantities of forgotten things reside, reflects a deeper level of unconsciousness within our lives. The message from a Feng Shui perspective is that we have gone unconscious somewhere.
Organizing and de cluttering these areas starts to bring our lives back into balance. As we spend time consciously dealing with these ‘unconscious’ things, we become clear about where our lives have been and will continue to be unless we do something about it.
De cluttering will always feel overwhelming and even impossible at first. I highly recommend hiring an objective and cheerful helpful person or two to give encouragement and lend muscle. (High School students are often a great choice and eager to earn a few dollars; professional organizers are even better if you have the budget).
Doing it with your partner may not be wise. I have seen too many ‘world war three’ battles take place between couples which can sabotage the process. Our stuff is loaded with memories and messages that carry an enormous amount of energy. You may not want to add this complication to the mix. It will be daunting enough!
You may ask …what do I do when I am the neat one and my mate is the clutter collector? Or, what do I do when my garage seems to be the designated storage unit for children, grandchildren and friends? Tell them the truth…that you are cleaning out the garage and need them to come and get their stuff. Chances are that they have forgotten what is there. If they really needed it, they would have it with them. Other people’s clutter affects us just as much as our own, so be strong and give them a deadline.
As you commit to moving through the mountains of accumulations from years past you will actually begin to get more energy. A new sense of freedom and control of your life will emerge.
You are making energetic space for new things to happen so pay attention to the synchronicity that begins to take place. I have collected many wonderful testimonials about opportunities that unfolded when my clients tackled the large clutter areas of their home. For me, the phone started ringing the day after I completed my garage and new clients started lining up!
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Enjoy your new organized and clutter free garage!
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