The Energy of Stuff Can Affect Your Home: The Philosophy of Feng Shui

Have you ever felt that some rooms you enter just don’t feel ‘right’? It could be because the energy of stuff is out of balance. Ideally, there should be an equilibrium of light and dark, known as yin and yang. Read more about the philosophy of feng shui.

Imagine that the physical objects in your home absorb energy – either positive or negative. Consider what objects you display around your home. How do they make you feel? Do you have clutter-stuffed closets full of things you no longer want and use? By clearing clutter, letting go of negative energy, and applying some basic organizing principles, you can gain clarity, harmony, and balance in your life.

yin-yang symbol representing energy of stuff and feng shui

Feng Shui and Decluttering

When tackling your next decluttering project, remember one of the foundational principles of the ancient practice of feng shui – too much clutter can cause Qi (It means energy and is pronounced “chee”). The belief is that the energy of stuff gets ‘stuck,’ and the space becomes stagnant. Here are some simple ideas from the world of feng shui for the most important areas in your home.

  • Entryway: This space should be welcoming and clutter-free to let positive energy flow into your home. Read more about decluttering and organizing your entryway.
  • Kitchen: This room is the source of our wealth, health, and abundance. It is difficult to work and prepare healthy meals in a cluttered kitchen. Keep the counters clear, with only the appliances you use regularly on display. Likewise, keep your stove clean and clear. Additionally, remove everything from your fridge door except essential information. Read more about decluttering and organizing your kitchen.
  • Bedrooms: Our bedrooms are where we relax and replenish our strength. Therefore, have the bed in a command position (in the opposite corner to the door) with equal access to both sides of the bed. Ideally, you should not store exercise equipment or work-related items (books, paperwork, etc.) in your bedroom. If you have a mirrored closet door, consider covering it or replacing it right away. According to feng shui, the mirror causes energy to reflect towards you and can cause sleep issues. Read more about decluttering and organizing bedrooms.
  • Living Room: The command position offers the widest possible view of the room, so place your most-used seating area accordingly. Consider placing a high-backed chair in the corner opposite the entrance for protection and safety. Read more about decluttering and organizing your living areas.
  • Bathrooms: Water drains energy out of the house. According to feng shui, water is the main symbol of money, so keep the toilet lid closed. Now, that’s some great motivation for putting the toilet seat down. Read more about decluttering and organizing your bathroom.
  • Home Office: I see many people working with their backs to the door. Not only can someone sneak up behind you, but you are also in a more vulnerable position. Instead, locate the desk in the command position so you are facing the door when seated. It is amazing how you feel immediately in control of your work by moving the furniture around. Read more about decluttering and organizing your home office.

Indeed, the energy of stuff can affect your home. Practising the philosophy of feng shui can help you achieve goals such as good physical health, balanced emotions, success, and so much more. Try these home organizing and design techniques and let the good energy flow!

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