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Friday, January 4, 2008

Lessons from the Ultimate Declutter

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The Chinese say if you want to make big changes in your life, move 27 things in your home.

Imagine the change you can create by moving thousands of things. You can use the potentially stressful situation of moving house to consciously design your new life.

1. If you want to simplify your life, move to a smaller home. You will collect things to fill the available space. Moving to a smaller living space inevitably means making choices about what is going with you.

2. You always have more stuff than you think. When you start to fill boxes to move, you are certain to not have enough boxes. Be prepared to be horrified at the amount of stuff you have. There is a saying in Feng Shui there is no hiding from Feng Shui eyes. There is also no hiding from the view of everything you own sitting in boxes in front of you. Now you know what has been affecting your life.

3. Even if you've been vigilant with clutter, you will still be surprised by how much you have. All those nooks and crannies that don't usually register on the clutter radar screen will burst forth to grab your attention when you move.

4. Packing and moving stirs up all your emotions - you need to be kind to yourself. Sleep well, eat well, take time for renewal. Moving house is ranked right up there with divorce and unemployment as top stress creators. If more than one of these happens at the same time the effect is multiplied.

5. Part of the moving process is celebrating all you're grateful for in what you are leaving behind. All the gifts, the lessons, the environment that has sheltered you and been such a big part of who you are, and were....

6. It's like the New Year its a great opportunity to reassess your priorities and get rid of all sorts of physical and emotional baggage. Moving house to another area gives you the opportunity to decide who you want to give your new phone number to, and what you want to carry forward into your new life. It's also a great opportunity to begin new self care and work practices.

7. Moving is a cure-all for Feng Shui challenges as long as you don't choose a home with similar energy blocks. You will create an environment that will support you in whatever is next for you in your journey.

8. You won't get rid of all your clutter as you pack - that's too many emotions flying around to expect yourself to be objective. You are certain to transport clutter to your new abode, and you need to be vigilant about dealing with it once you've settled in. Don't let yourself get used to those boxes of clutter in your environment. After all - this is a great opportunity to make a new start.

9. Let others support you in painting your new home, moving from your old one, and taking you to lunch to celebrate this transition. Celebrations mark life's milestones.

10. Making Feng Shui changes fast leads to major energetic shifts. Moving brings about more changes than most people can comfortably deal with. Often we're moving because of other changes in our lives. Go easy on yourself. You won't always be your 'nice' self and you will sometimes feel exhausted when it seems you haven't done much. The more you can make space for what you're feeling, the easier this transition will be.

Bonus Tip: At the end of moving day, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, order a meal to be delivered, put your feet up and take a deep breathe - it's time to celebrate YOU have arrived!

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Vicky White is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant and Life Coach who works with clients both locally and internationally. Get your FREE 7-part e-course Your Secret Weapon: Powerful Feng Shui Tips To Give Your Business The Competitive Edge at

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