Simple decluttering tips

Decluttering - jenny blume feng shui

Feng shui can recommend countless cures and suggestions, but most important of all is a clutter-free environment. Clutter weighs you down, and worse, it can act as a barrier, making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life.

Here are a few pointers to get you started:

*Your home’s entrance should receive special attention as it represents both your approach to life as you walk out, and your impression as you walk in. Keep it as clean, beautiful and as clutter free as possible.

*Anything broken should be fixed, or if it can’t be fixed, recycled into something useful. Otherwise, improve your feng shui and throw it out.

*The same goes for furniture that looks bad or that you never use. Ditch it, sell it or give it away; get rid of objects that conjure up unpleasant memories, too. If you’re not sure about heirlooms, pack them away in a storage box and reassess after a year.

*Unhealthy plants should be given special TLC or removed. While you’re at it, toss out any dried flowers (they are dead, so bad feng shui) and ditch cracked or rusty pots. Dying plants are a negative influence, so don’t put it off.

*Wooden furniture can exude a strong psychic resonance, so if Aunt Olive’s oak wardrobe doesn’t hold fond memories, sell it, donate it, or move it into the spare room. At the very least, give it a good cleanse with sage smoke.

*Clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn for years should be donated, sold or given away. If you’re not sure, pack them into a storage box and open it after a year. As for unworn shoes and accessories – donate or toss them out.

*Artwork that makes you feel sad should be sold, or if you can’t part with it, moved to an out-of-the-way position. Seeing a sad, ugly or lonely scene every day will rub off on your psyche. If you want to invite more joy into your life, opt for feel-good artwork.

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