Clearing out hallwaysWritten by Mary Lambert
The door and hallway is considered mouth and throat of home in feng shui, ancient Chinese art of furniture placement and energy flow, so if yours is cluttered up with junk, your home is basically choking and you will feel depressed or uncomfortable living there. Appraise area from a neutral viewpoint. Walk out of your front door and in again as though seeing how your hallway looks for first time.
Porches and doors If you have a porch, sort this area out. If you keep walking shoes and boots here, install a neat shoe rack to keep them tidy. Store any discarded sports equipment neatly in a shed, a cupboard under stairs or in room of owner. Throw out or give away anything that is no longer used. Sweep out and leave door open for a while to cleanse area of any stagnancy. Look at front door and paint it with colour of its energising Chinese element. If it faces north, paint it white, for south paint it green, for west and northwest paint it yellow, for east and southeast paint it blue, for northeast and southwest paint it red. Position tubs of winter flowering plants either side of door so that they welcome people in.
The hallway Clear out all clutter in hallway and, if necessary, install a good coat stand or cupboard for all the
Get rid of that clutterWritten by Mary Lambert
Why is it that clutter seems to build up so easily in our homes? No sooner do you have a clearout than it seems to start creeping back in – one pile appears in hallway and before you know it, it has spawned other piles that go down hall and up stairs.
So what actually is definition of clutter? Basically it is: • something you don’t use or dislike every time you look at it or wear it • an unwanted present • a broken item that can’t be fixed If you love an item, or it still has a use it’s not clutter, so display it, wear it or store it where you can easily find it.
Clearing out your clutter is first aspect of feng shui, ancient Chinese practice of furniture placement and energy flow. Improving flow of energy (chi) in your home and creating good feng shui is believed to improve different areas of your life, bringing about increased wealth, career success and better health. But when you home is full of clutter, energy that first comes through front door will struggle to move smoothly around rooms if it keeps encountering piles of junk stored in hall, hidden behind doors, sofas or crowding surfaces in kids’ bedrooms, kitchen or bathroom. The slow, sluggish energy that this creates then has a negative effect on you and your family, often making you feel confused, blocked, lethargic, depressed and reluctant to progress or move on in any area of your lives.
Clutter hotspots So which are worst areas in home where clutter tends to gather? • The door and hallway – Piles of children’s paraphernalia, shoes and bags, boxes and newspapers stacked around here makes a bad impression for visitors and can stop energy entering positively, and prevent new opportunities coming in. • Attics and lofts – these can become veritable dumping grounds for our past. They are often full of mementoes and memorabilia that creates a heavy, oppressive energy that is constantly hanging over us – old love letters and tokens, old school books, diplomas, old appliances and sports’ gear and ancient board games – all gather here. • Wardrobes in bedrooms – these are havens for old clothes, items that no longer fit and shoes that are too tight or never worn. Most people only wear about 20% of their clothes. Your wardrobe should reflect person you are now, not who you used to be.