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Clearing ‘Wannabe’ Clutter (And The Air)

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What’s “within my means” includes 10 years as a professional organizer, plus almost three as a life coach. I have some random but powerful skills and abilities–coaching, teaching, writing, etc. I am passionate about women, creative people, children, our planet, equality, non-violent solutions to conflict with others and our ourselves, and living simply. It is my love of those people and things that keep me doing this day after day. These are all I have to work with, all I can use to do my part to heal the world.

This summer, I was struggling, confused about my work and I asked for direction. I asked what I could do with my business–the coaching, writing, and teaching–to really make a difference in people’s lives. I want that… I think we all do. The answer was breathtaking:

Prepare them to travel lightly through what lies ahead by releasing attachments to things and old wounds.

I not so metaphorically cried back, “Oh no, not that… anything but that! I don’t know how to do that! One woman thinks the fat is her problem, while another thinks her husband is the problem, and yet another blames work. I don’t know how to create something that works for all of these people.” There was some banging of heads against walls, shaking of fists at the sky, tears of frustration and more than a little fear.

Then, I found this in, “Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life,” by Tisha Morris:

Our home is simply a mirror of our self. A common example of this is how, when the home is messy and in disarray, we may feel mentally disheveled as well. The better your home feels, the better you will feel. And when you feel better–physically, neatly, or emotionally–then life will simply flow better for you. this is the beauty and magic of feng shui. The positive changes you make in your home will be reflected out into your life.

(Cue full circle moment music.)

That’s it, said the frustrated life coach who used to be a professional organizer, while bouncing the heel of her right hand off of her forehead. Your house reflects your inner state and you can either break that pattern by changing your inner state, which allows the conditions in your house to change, or you can change the conditions in your house. It doesn’t matter which side you tend first. Once that lock is broken, the changes that you want to make in all of the other areas of life become possible.

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.


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2:24AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks for the reminder. Need to clear out the garage.

6:13PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

so true. thanks!

11:47AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks Christy!~

5:01PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Great ideas - thank much!

3:14PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Clutter is clutter....thanks for reminding me that clearing out the physical clears out the mental as well.

10:32AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

When we recognize mindless consumerism for what it is and reject it; when we limit our consumption of goods and services... then clutter has a much harder time of accumulating.

11:33AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thank you

5:22AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thank you

1:19PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Thanks, this is a huge issue. In fact I can do lots of things but now after many years maybe I just don't want to any more? I have to learn to not feel bad about that. I like my cleaner simpler lifestyle. Thanks again for September. Things are not perfect yet but boy they are better and now I can see what more I need to do without a lot of panic. Haha, in fact I am writing this from a clean and clear entirely empty table! Kisses to you and your family.

12:54PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Barbara M. WELL SAID!

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You learn something everyday.

Thank you for the article.

Good tips - thanks!

Live and learn. It sounds as if she was pushed a bit hard.


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