“Love people and use things, not love things and use people.” I’m not sure who first coined this but, sadly, it can’t be said enough.
I’ve been working on an article for a local magazine. My subject for January is “Organization and Feng Shui for 2014.” This is a topic that I could write a whole lot more about than the couple thousand of 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 things: relationships that are tumultuous, construction sites outside your door, neighborhood feuds, scarcity, loneliness, and things. Today, let’s talk about the things for a while.
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? The funny thing about organization is that it really CAN change your life but most people get overwhelmed just thinking about it. In organization my end goal is empowering people to make the changes, using methods that will help them stay organized, that will allow their home to function more easily. By doing this you create serenity in your home, and serenity helps create peace.
Feng Shui explains many things, including why some spaces feel calm and peaceful, and others feel so uncomfortable and unsafe. Organization is a very important facet of this practice.
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; when that’s the case, you can truly relax in your home
opportunities—letting go of things that don’t currently work in your life, allows space for new, exciting opportunities to come to you
clarity—when you’re able to easily find what you’re looking for in your home, you have a sense of clarity
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” I’ve used this quote often because it’s great! So many of us just keep adding to our stuff thinking that makes us more sophisticated…..maybe we should rethink that.
For those of you who know me, you’re aware 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 wonderful 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 me, 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.
If you can manage 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!
More to come on organization…..
I hope you have a peaceful week,