By Maria Palma
Most of us look at cleaning our home as a chore, but
revitalizing and organizing your life should be a joyous activity. When there is
harmony in the home, all feelings and emotions within the space is harmonious.
The Chinese view their lives as having Chi energy, which is a "cosmic breath."
There is "yang" energy, or good energy, as well as "yin" energy which is
Tired energy is clutter whether it be physical, emotional, or
spiritual clutter. Dealing with the physical clutter first can make way for a
better emotional and spiritual life. By decluttering your home, you push away
bad energy and make space for new energy to enter. Bad energy can be created
simply by dead insects, old newspapers and magazines, and junk accumulated over
Keep energy flowing smoothly throughout the home. Watch and
observe which rooms in the house everybody tends to gravitate to. Work on those
rooms that seem to be lonely. Colors, music, children, lights, water, and sound
contain strong energy which every room should have. Try painting a room and see
how it affects your physical energy! Plants symbolize life and also bring color
to a room.
You can tune into the energy of a room by walking clockwise
around and close to the walls. One room to pay close attention to is the
bedroom. When Chi energy in the bedroom is unwelcoming, this may cause problems
between couples. Keep all dirty clothes in a laundry basket. Don't place junk
under, over, or beside a bed. Keep windows clear of clutter. Open the windows
and let light and fresh air in. Morning sunlight is the best yang energy!
Take extra care with corners where negative energy, cobwebs, and
dirt tend to gravitate to. The corner diagonal to the door of a room should be
full of good Chi. Do not use it for storage and keep it clutter-free.
Blocked energy vibrations have a negative effect on our mental
well- being. The foyer, hall, and staircase are the most susceptible places of
being blocked. When your foyer is clear, it helps good Chi enter the home
freely. Corridors and hallways move energy from room to room. Staircases should
always be clutter free - not only for safety reasons, but the flow of Chi is
smooth up and down to the living spaces.
When you feel like you need more space to breathe, it is most
likely due to the images in your home disturbing your subconscious mind. Art can
be beautiful and a joy to look at, but over time can be distracting and
stagnant. Changing the surroundings from time to time is the best way to make
you feel better.
It is important to clear table tops on a regular basis. When we
come home we tend to throw our keys, mail, purse, etc. onto the closest table
top and things accumulate quickly! Choose decorative objects to place on
tabletops and display full bowls of pots as they attract abundant Chi.
A well kept and clean kitchen keeps yin energy away. Clean the
refrigerator at least once a month. Check out all the cookware and throw away
broken plates, cups, and bowls. Make sure the garbage is cleaned out regularly.
Out of all the rooms in the home, this one is the most vulnerable to yin energy.
It takes some time to get into the habit of decluttering on a
regular basis. Realize that if you do not do it, it could be detrimental to your
mental, physical, and emotional well being. It's easy to do it if you're single
living alone. If you have a family, be sensitive to other family members
belongings. Have a discussion on the importance of having positive energy in the
home and let them know where things should be.
Once you take the step to create positive energy in your home,
you'll see your life change for the better!
Maria Palma is a decorator, real estate consultant, and artist based in San
Diego, California. She owns and manages two websites:
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