As feng shui is a philosophy that connects an individual and his surroundings, if an individual is commenting how busy or chaotic his life is, the feng shui practitioner will encourage that individual to evaluate the state of his home environment. As it is likely that individual will find his home cluttered or messy, the recommendation the feng shui practitioner would offer is that the individual organize the space and get rid of unnecessary stuff!
Now, I by no means am an expert or aficionado of feng shui. Nor is it something I put a lot of thought or consideration into on a day to day basis. This is much to the chagrin of a dear friend who IS a feng shui practitioner. Every time she comes to my home she finds more and more places in our house where the Qi (energy) is blocked – thank you Ernie.
As I mentioned, this rarely concerns me. But recently, I have found the energy has been blocked. And I’ve realized I do need to take some action so the blocked energy didn’t continue to have a negative impact on my life.
What’s been disrupting the energy? The clutter! You see, my daughter who is almost two now, is (as you’d expect) becoming more and more active and inquisitive. As a result, it is not uncommon to find toys strewn across the house. For example, the sight I see when emerging from my back room after a day of readings often includes kitchen utensils lined from one end of the kitchen to the other, hundreds of balls filling the living room floor (she has a ball pit she loves), diapers (fortunately they are clean) in a pile next to the chaise because that’s where she likes to change her baby’s diaper and one diaper just won’t do, and several piles of books on the bathroom floor next to her potty, need reading material in the bathroom, after-all. Not surprising, right?
Being a neat freak, this sight immediately results in my heart beating faster and my temperature rising in frustration. But then I see my tired, weary husband in the chair and know that this mess just demonstrates our daughter’s activity and the fun she has had. With that recognition, my heart melts a little… but the clutter still leaves me with a little anxiety and energetically I feel a little discombobulated.
Feeling the chaos from the mess, I would straighten up some. But then I would rationalize that I was wasting my time, everything was going to be pulled out again anyways, so I’d leave some. Which left me uncomfortable, but I tried to ignore those feelings.
Those feelings made me feel overwhelmed. And I began to think that it didn’t matter how clean the house got, it would always seem messy. Overwhelmed by the volume of household chores and everything I “had” to do, cleaning started to become neglected.
As you can probably guess, this just spiraled.
When I realized the new tub hadn’t been scrubbed in weeks if not over a month and this was causing me more and more anxiety, I realized SOMETHING had to be done. About two months ago, I took action.
What did I do? Exactly what most individuals of my generation do, I went to Pinterest.
Why Pinterest? Because you can find ANYTHING there.
What did I find? A to-do list of what chores to do every day, once a week, once a month, etc. Looking at this list, the chores that had once seemed overwhelming now seemed feasible. Now in my house on Mondays I vacuum; Tuesdays the bathroom gets cleaned AND because it is garbage day, the refridgerator gets cleaner; Wednesdays the kitchen gets attention; Dusting falls on Thursday; Friday I get a break; and then on Saturday and Sunday the laundry gets done and some of the other chores fall into place. With this new system, I end up only spending 15 to 60 minutes a day cleaning instead of the hours I used to. Sure it adds up, but in little spurts it is Doable.
You might be thinking, where does feng shui fit into all of this? Now that the house is cleaner, it is also decluttered. Well, for the most part. Baby Girl’s toys are still strewn about. My hubby still has a tendency to sprawl… But, the space looks better. Creates better energy around us. And best of all, my life feels less chaotic and my anxiety has faded. Is this me becoming in harmony with my environment? Have I found some feng shui? I like to think so!
Want to find out more about feng shui? Looking for a practitioner? Patty Pope of Deliberate Reflections is not only a wonderful woman, she is well educated and good at what she does.