“Love people and use things, not love things, and use people.” This can’t be said enough.
I’ve been working on an article for a local magazine, and my subject is “Organization and Feng Shui.” This is a topic that I could write a whole lot more about than the couple thousand words I’m limited to.
Organization and the lack of clutter are an integral part of a calm, joyful home. It’s tough to get to a Home Full of Peace if you’re surrounded by chaos. That chaos can be created by so many variables: tumultuous relationships, construction sites outside your door, neighborhood feuds, scarcity, loneliness, and things. Today, let’s talk about possessions. According to Merriam Webster, “organization is the act or process of putting the different parts of something in a certain order so that they can be found or used easily.” “Found or used easily,” wouldn’t that be great? Being organized really can change your life, but most people get overwhelmed, just thinking about it. My goal is to empower people to make the changes, using methods that will help them stay organized, which will allow their homes to function more smoothly. By doing this, you create serenity in your home, and that helps create peace.
Feng Shui explains many things, including why some spaces feel calm and peaceful, and others feel so uncomfortable and unsafe, and being organized is an essential facet of this practice.
Some of the key concepts in Feng Shui involve the following:
flow—getting organized welcomes flow into your home and life
energy—clutter, disorganization and accumulated dirt block energy
relaxation—your home should be your sanctuary; a place where you can truly relax
opportunities—letting go of stuff that doesn’t work in your life, allows space for growth
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” I’ve used this quote often because it’s fantastic! So many of us just keep adding to our stuff thinking that makes us more sophisticated…..maybe we should rethink that.
I believe that clutter is anything that is: disliked, unused, in excess, broken, obsolete, disorganized, or that makes you uncomfortable. My guidelines for stuff are: you either love it—it makes you smile or has a beautiful memory attached to it, or you use it—it has a day-to-day utilitarian purpose. Even if you aren’t as “type A” as I am, getting your home organized can be a fun process. If you live with others, ideally you’d be able to get everyone involved, because we don’t all value our possessions the same way. Take into account what everyone you live with considers their “important” things.
When you’re able to spend less time taking care of things, you can spend more time loving people. Believe me, that return on your investment is a lot better!
I hope you have a peaceful week,