Lucky Dragon Feng Shui Tip of the Month: Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui
by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA
Lucky Dragon says:
Use these tips to enhance your lucky energy by clearing out clutter. Last month, we focused on enhancing your love life with Feng Shui. This month, we focus on increasing energy itself through these Feng Shui spring cleaning tips.
Clear Your Clutter
Clutter represents stagnant and confused chi. It is difficult to make a decision in a cluttered home or even to make positive moves toward growth and personal development. Our clutter also has emotional ties. We might not want to discard certain items for emotional reasons, but this mindset leads to feeling “stuck” in life. Good Feng Shui is characterized by free-flowing chi—not too fast and not too slow. If a human being can't even walk across a room because furniture is filling the space with no wide pathways, or toys, or random clutter is obstructing the path, then chi can't flow freely either.
Clutter in Your Attic, Basement or Garage
When we own a home, we tend to place objects we don't use—or intend to throw away at some point—in the attic, garage or basement. But even if we can't see it, this clutter can weigh us down.
Clutter in the Bedroom, Kitchen and Entryway
Clutter in these three areas is the worst of all when it comes to free-flowing chi and Feng Shui because these parts of the home are the most important in Feng Shui. Clutter in the bedroom can prevent a good night's sleep. In Feng Shui, the kitchen represents our career success and how others perceive us—getting rid of clutter in this area and making sure appliances (especially the stove) are clean is associated with increased wealth and career success.
How to Clear the Clutter
Begin by sorting through your belongings. Does everything serve a purpose? That purpose might simply be that it makes you happy—and that's okay. But objects that don't serve a practical purpose or bring you pleasure should go. Recycle, donate or throw it away.
With the remaining objects, find a place for everything and keep each object in its designated spot. Place everyday items in easy-to-reach areas. Store clothes and other objects used seasonally neatly in the closet, attic or garage where you can access them easily. When you're finished using something, put it back. It really is that simple to keep prevent clutter and allow chi to flow freely through your home. Does the philosophy of Feng Shui excite you? Stay tuned to this column for announcements about video blogs on how to Feng Shui your space for life.
Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@FamilyHealingCenter.com.