Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I’ve been decluttering and updating my feng shui as a way of supporting my heart’s vision for the new year.
This dark, cold season naturally supports quiet time. I’m instinctively drawn to declutter my space, put my things in order and update my feng shui by giving my home a ‘feng shui tune up’ as a way of catching up with the past year and preparing for the growth and changes I anticipate in the coming year.
Nature declutters in Wintertime
Just as the trees let go of their leaves in preparation for the new growth of spring, decluttering helps you to be ready for the next cycle of growth.
Autumn and Winter are natural times of letting go and clearing out. As you adapt to the natural energies of each season, you’ll find more flow and ease in your life. And you’ll be ready for new growth when it comes.
Good endings pave the way for good beginnings
We are ending the old year and beginning the new. Decluttering and putting your home in order with feng shui is a powerful way to facilitate good endings and usher in positive change in your life. With feng shui you can fill the energy of your home with your intentions, like a prayer for the changes you’re looking to make in the new year.
Decluttering your space will:
- help you get clarity on your goals and vision for the new year
- clear your mind which will make it easier to hear your heart’s guidance
- releases stuck energy giving you the motivation and enthusiasm to make the changes you desire
A few key places to focus on:
- your clothes closet
- your cupboards
- your desk
But what about all this new stuff?
For many, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving. If you find you’re accumulating new things you may be asking yourself, “Where do I put them?”
This is another good reason to clear your clutter at this time of year, to make room for the new things in your life and the new things to come. This could literally be your material belongings, but also experiences, relationships and opportunities. My feng shui and decluttering clients feel as if a huge weight was lifted off of them and they feel a burst of positive energy come into their life.
Helping my Dad declutter
Christmas is a big holiday in my family. One year I didn’t know what to get my Dad for Christmas. My Mom suggested I offer to help him declutter his closets. He was very happy with this gift!
We went through his clothes one category at a time. Sweaters, shirts, ties etc. This gave my Dad the opportunity to see which clothes he loved and actually used. In some cases seeing the volume of each category was revealing. Although he has plenty of storage space for clothes, he had more clothes than he could manage which made it challenging to choose what to wear.
Through this process he realized he was wearing the same things over and over. He also discovered that there were other clothes he really liked but had forgotten about because they were buried. Seeing what he had, recognizing what he liked and didn’t like, made it easier for him to let go.
He let go of two big piles of clothes. Although in some cases it was challenging to let go, right away he felt liberated, lighter and excited about the benefits of decluttering. He was enthusiastic about the people who might benefit from the things he no longer needed.
All life is connected
Nature teaches us that we’re all connected. The energy of your belongings and the feng shui of your living space affects the quality of your life. The more conscious you become about how your belongings make you feel, the more available you’ll be to the present moment of life and the people you love.
Decluttering will restore your energy, clear your mind and help you hear your heart song so you can pursue your dreams for the new year. May you have a fabulous new year!