7 Tips for Staying Clutter-Free

Follow these 7 tips and learn how keeping your home clutter-free will help to improve your physical and mental well-being.

| August 2016

  • More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. This latter can also apply to bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter. In an age of accumulation, it's good to see a book that frees up life again.
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  • In "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui," author Karen Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk." She covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away.
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Clutter is trapped energy that has far-reaching effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. In this revised and updated edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (Harmony Books, 2016),author Karen Kingston, pioneer of a branch of Feng Shui known as Space Clearing, expertly guides you through the liberating task of clutter clearing. You will learn why you keep clutter, how to identify and clear clutter in the home or workplace and ultimately — how to stay clutter-free.

Seven Top Clutter Clearing Tips

Here are seven tried-and-true tips for effective clutter clearing.

1. Discover Your Most Effective Clutter Clearing Time of Day

Most people find they have a best time of day for clutter clearing. Some people prefer the morning. Others find it easier at night. Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then.



2. Schedule Clutter Clearing

Decide when you will begin and schedule it on your calendar, as you would any other activity. Make a date with yourself to do it, and show up. It can be a whole day, a half day, or a series of appointments of just an hour or half an hour, depending on how fast you want to progress.

Suzanne
1/1/2019 11:22:47 PM

I'm a natural list maker so what the author calls time boxing is already how I manage tasks. I have an ongoing list of all tasks I need to complete for decluttering and the amount of time allotted. So when I have 45 minutes before I have to leave to go somewhere I can just check my list and see what tasks I can complete that quickly. I'm very goal-oriented so it works for me. My main reason for doing this is after my mother passed away I thought I really don't want my daughter to have to come in my home and agonize over what to keep. If it's not in use and has no sentimental value it needs rehomed with someone who can use it. The bonus of course is I have less to clean.


Suzanne
1/1/2019 11:21:16 PM

I'm a natural list maker so what the author calls time boxing is already how I manage tasks. I have an ongoing list of all tasks I need to complete for decluttering and the amount of time allotted. So when I have 45 minutes before I have to leave to go somewhere I can just check my list and see what tasks I can complete that quickly. I'm very goal-oriented so it works for me. My main reason for doing this is after my mother passed away I thought I really don't want my daughter to have to come in my home and agonize over what to keep. If it's not in use and has no sentimental value it needs rehomed with someone who can use it. The bonus of course is I have less to clean.


Suzanne
1/1/2019 11:08:42 PM

I'm a natural list maker so what the author calls time boxing is already how I manage tasks. I have an ongoing list of all tasks I need to complete for decluttering and the amount of time allotted. So when I have 45 minutes before I have to leave to go somewhere I can just check my list and see what tasks I can complete that quickly. I'm very goal-oriented so it works for me. My main reason for doing this is after my mother passed away I thought I really don't want my daughter to have to come in my home and agonize over what to keep. If it's not in use and has no sentimental value it needs rehomed with someone who can use it. The bonus of course is I have less to clean.




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