A friend of mine recently remarked, “It’s funny, but when I am feeling low, I start cleaning.” Far from funny, her choice of stress-reducing activity has its basis in ancient philosophy. According the principles of Chinese feng shui and Indian Vastu, a clean, clear space allows chi, prana, or life-giving energy to flow more freely through you.
Do you find yourself surrounded by clutter, which you want to clear up but keep finding reasons to postpone doing it? Here is some advice to help you get started:
Cluttered thought: “I might just need this magazine/CD/audio cassette some day.”
Clear thought: “I haven’t used it in a long time. Let me sell or donate it. If I need this at some point, I can buy one.”
Cluttered thought: “Where’s the time to neaten up the cupboard? I’ll do it tomorrow.”
Clear thought: “Is tomorrow going to be easier, really? How about I organize just 10 items while I have a few minutes today.”
Cluttered thought: “These cards, photos, clothes bring back so many memories…how can I throw them away?”
Clear thought: Sure, memories are indelible and precious, but you don’t need ot hang on to every scrap and piece. Your daughter’s baby clothes can now be useful for other children. Your son’s first drawing is special—keep it. But why hang on to the scores of other doodles?
Cluttered thought: “I can’t sort this stuff till I shop for the right containers and shelves.”
Clear thought: “I might not have time to go shopping for containers anytime soon. Meanwhile, all this stuff will just sit there and gather dust. Why not junk it, sell it or give it away? That way, I’ll save money on buying extra containers—which can become part of the clutter, too!
Cluttered thought: “This appliance is an old workhorse: it can be repaired.”
Clear thought: Good thought. But if you have had it for a decade and had it repaired thrice, may be it is time to retire it. An old airconditioner or fridge, for example, uses up much more electricity and adds pollution. Time for it to go!