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Clearing Clutter

In feng shui terms, before you can put into practice the principles it is essential that you rid yourself of all clutter that is blocking the natural flow of chi in your home and make way for some space for new opportunities to enter your life.

Clutter can be defined as anything that you no longer wear or use. Clutter can cause stagnation to problem areas that you may have and if not cleared thoroughly a remedy can actually worsen problems rather than cure.


A well designed storage system should be created and be controllable. Look around your home and see where your clutter is then work out how it connects to the Pa Kua and which direction you should be following. You should bear in that locating storage in your most inauspicious directions is a good way of making sure that ch'i stays trapped and out of the way. Your goal should be to surround yourself with free flowing ch'i energy and by doing so you will be able to find the things you need easily.

Internal clutter

Internal clutter is related to your health, especially your digestive system and you owe it to yourself to make sure that your health is the best it can be. Fresh air and exercise can help to keep you fit and healthy but also by having plants in the home can help with oxygenation of the atmosphere. Try not to keep things "bottled up" inside by letting go of old hang ups and recurring problems and you should feel more motivated, optimistic and more positive about life and about yourself.

Next Steps

  • Always keep the entrance to your home clutter free as this is considered to be the area that new opportunities and chi enter through.
  • Keep the hallway and stairs free of boxes, newspaper, toys etc., and let the ch'i flow freely.
  • In the bedroom put out of season clothes and store away unworn shoes but not under the bed.
  • Mend any broken appliances or throw them out. Your energy should increase.
  • Clear paperwork, messages, post etc., you will discover that you now have space for all those opportunities and possibilities. 

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