Long before Marie Kondo, Feng Shui was considered the original forerunner for clearing out cluttered spaces.

Feng Shui, the Chinese art of placement, brings all dimensions of our environment into harmony and balance and supports our overall wellbeing. According to the principles of Feng Shui, stagnant energy lives in clutter, draining and blocking the flow of energy in many areas of our life and contributing to increased stress and weakened immune systems.

A clutter-free home filled with things that are loved and regularly used creates a seamless flow of positive energy, leading to feelings of relaxation and productivity.

Here are some tips for decluttering the three main areas of your home:

  • The Kitchen: In Feng Shui, the kitchen is the heart of the home because it provides health and nourishment. Clean out the fridge, and give all of your appliances a good scrub. Clean off the countertops and organize the drawers and cabinets, making sure everything has a storage space.

  • The Bedroom: Our bedrooms should be reserved for sleeping and romance–so maintaining positive and mellow energy in the room is very important. Start by removing everything from the bedroom that doesn’t belong there–including the TV and exercise equipment. Removing all electronic devices from the room will improve the quality of your sleep and reduce the harmful effects of EMFs (electric and magnetic fields). Clear the clutter under the bed and in your closet.

  • Entrance: The entrance of the home attracts and receives energy and provides a buffer between the outside world and the comforts of home. Remove any objects in the entry area that don’t belong there. Set up a system to keep your keys and mail organized. Avoid overcrowding the entryway with coats and shoes, keeping only in-season items in the closet or on hooks.
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