Stuff, Stuff, Stuff!!! Who doesn’t have at least one thing they cant live without? Whether it be your Starbucks latte in the morning that makes you 10 minutes late for work, or those Jimmy Choo shoes on sale at Sacks that you absolutely must have, or another little black dress to add to your collection of cocktail attire, we all have at least one piece of “STUFF” that
we hold onto for dear life!
If you’re anything like me, you have two or more. Come to think about it you may have 4 or more.
I’m talking here about the old pictures you hang onto and never look at that are in the garage, or worse under your bed, or how about the clothing from 1960 that you keep around for your grandchildren, the stuffed animals from childhood, the poetry from your former flames that reminds you of how hot you “used to be”, and all the Journals from 5th grade that are holding you in some form of adolescence, and wait what about all of those socks that have lost their mates, but you know that one day some day you will find the other pair, so you have a collection of onzees for an eternity. Not to mention your single status has been on place for just about as long.
In Feng Shui, the quality of your chi (life force energy) determines the quality of your life, which is determined by the quality of your….
I’m not talking about the Bugs Bunny kind of animation folks!
Environmental animation is likened to really good Chi, like really good sushi vs. grocery quality.
Chi is everywhere and it’s not like you are ever at a loss. It’s just that some chi is more “animated” and some is.. well I hate to use this word, but DEAD!
When I walk into peoples homes, I can clearly see the quality of their chi in their living environments. Animated chi has an overall purpose and a lively joyful quality, wheres dead chi would rather be dead, pun definitely intended.
Here are some basic mathematical equations of Feng Shui that will help you in working through your Stuff.
- Stuff = energy
- Energy doesn’t always = stuff
- The more energy you have, the better you feel=all of the time!
- The more stuff you have, the better you feel=never, or short lived
- Things you love = Mucho Animation
- Things you don’t=DEAD ENERGY
Clutter =DEAD ENERGY
- More space=more energy=more opportunities, money, cool experiences, people, travel, rest,peace, well-being etc
- Less Space = More of the same
James Hillman, a great modern day psychologist
contended that non-human objects also have souls. I know its hard to process that your Coach hand bag has a soul, or that your shag slippers your ex gave you have one too, but I’m not kidding you. I believe it was Thomas Moore who said that all objects contain a motor quality, which means they are running and some are running out of gas, so make sure you can tell the difference.
Caveat: For those people that have a more serious problem and have either classified themselves or been professionally diagnosed with “Hoarding”, then my Simple Clutter Busters Tips below may not be enough to support your healing and growth at this time. I have been in homes where the degree of stuff grows in proportion to a persons level of mental/emotional/physical and spiritual well-being and you may need more support.
If you find that your attachment with your stuff is overpowering you , please visit the resource page below for help:
Bust your Stuff Baby! 3 Steps to Clear the Clutter
- Do I need it?
- Do I love it?
- Does it make me feel good?
- Does it support my intention or inspire me?
- Does it belong here (if not move it to where it does!)
- Have I used it in the last 6 months?
If the Answer is “NO” then…………
Give it away, throw it away or ebay!
If the Answer is “I don’t know” then…..
Put it in a box date it, come back in 6 months with a trusted friend and if you can’t name everything in that box then its “Clutter” and give, throw or ebay.
3. If the Answer is “Yes” then… it’s a “Lovable” and you can Keep it!!
***If your stuff feels bigger then you, please grab a chair, or a latter and literally get “bigger” then your stuff. Tell the stuff who is boss and decide that you want to live a life full of freedom, joy, bills, abundance and ANIMATED CHI!