Well, it’s certainly spring. In fact, judging by my sunburn, it may even be summer. Anyway, you’ll probably be very surprised to learn that this weekend I have been…..spring cleaning!
Now, don’t be too shocked. I still managed to spend a good deal of time lazing in the garden with a book. (My preferred mode of housework avoidance.) But it is the particular book in question that’s responsible for my uncharacteristic domestic spree. And the book is (as you’ve probably guessed by the large book cover <<<…) Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston.
This book is an absolute gem. I love it because it delves into the psychology of clutter and how clutter affects us on all levels; mentally, emotionally, physically, even spiritually. Karen links these effects with the traditional feng shui tool – The Bagua, to illustrate precisely which area of your life that ‘harmless’ pile of magazines is infiltrating. This alone is quite a powerful motivator to get busy.
Yet, the book contains a good deal more advice beyond the influence of feng shui. In fact, it could be one of the most comprehensive self-help books I’ve ever come across. Karen covers the whole gamut of human issues; health, happiness, potential, relationships, spirituality, forgiveness, life priorities and body clutter. (The colon-cleansing section was particularly eye-opening and prompted a considerable spending spree at my favourite organic apothecary).
All this information makes for a really motivating read. I found that I couldn’t read more than a couple of pages at a time without feeling an urge to go and sort or tidy somewhere. Powerful stuff! This weekend has seen several bags of superfluous ‘stuff’ leave the premises and I’m becoming very popular over on freecycle.org. (One woman’s junk….)
I’ll be doing a full review soon (children willing…) but in the meantime, let me share with you some of my favourite nuggets from the book. I challenge you to read the following without being inspired to bust some clutter!
Each small area you clear releases energy for you to do more.
The speed at which the positive changes will appear in your life is relative to the gusto and decisiveness with which your clutter is cleared.
Most people carry some form of emotional baggage. It prematurely ages us and gets in the way of everything we want to do.
An ordered home means an ordered mind. Whatever your personal situation, it is important to get organised so that the mundane level of your life supports you.
In lab experiments, animals given control over their environment live longer, have higher antibody counts and less ulcers. Your choice.
It is safe to let go.
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