It was something I had struggled with in the past. Feng Shui was what I badly needed in my life. Order, symmetry, and clear surfaces promise so much yet the simple journey to get to this destination I did not have time for. As a fellow Blogger, Writer or Artist you may agree that there is always something rather cool on the laptop screen to take away the attention from the clutter. Not to mention delights of the holidays season approaching fast.
How bad is it? It is tricky to open the door to the room before I start! And we all need to access a clear creative space if we are going to put our best foot forward.
After all it’s Autumn. It’s officially time for welcoming in the new. Embracing change and eek I’m struggling.
I love the idea of Feng Shui but somehow lose heart at the big changes it suggests like covering up beams. It makes heaps of sense that a clutter free work area will be more productive.
I tried the Pomodoro technique where you do 20 minutes of busy activity then take a break and this helped make a stab at the process. I see clear surfaces looking back at me after a quick squirt of polish.
I try the easy route of putting a vase of beautiful cut flowers on flat surfaces to bring life into the room and my spirits lift. Yes this is a job worth doing.
In the end I know much of what surrounds me needs to find it’s way into a trash can. I have an idea to approach the new year with more space to do more creative work as I have a project I don’t seem to be able to finish for a year now. So this is my big chance to find the ending and I don’t want this to be the thing that ends up being recycled!
I need to be able to open my work room door without hitting anything though! The main culprit is clothes that I believe will be good for something and items I just know will be useful one day. The story of the man who collects so many elastic bands that eventually the rubber breaks down and none of them are any use springs to mind and I decide I do not want to be this person.
I came to a quick fire strategy that in the end has helped me finish some work.
I don’t suggest your cupboads has an equal jumble to mine dear gentle reader! I just want to share my own recent victory in disentangling a shambles that was my work area.
One hot tip I read online is to start by shooting through multiples. If you have several similar items, such as mugs for example, let go of all them just keep one or two that may get used the most. I have a big bag of shoe shapers (I’m not even sure you can buy these now) and bin all but three sets. Although truthfully I probably will never use them let alone this lipstick collection that are all the same colour (ironically neutral nude beige!)
Technology seems to sort itself with very little pain thankfully.
CD’s that remind me of great times get gone as I know I always have the joy of those moments and my Cloud storage is big enough to hold on to these cool vibes safely for some time to come (hopefully always!). Bag number 1 is on it’s way to the thrift store.
One easy win is picking at the low hanging fruit to get me into the full swing of this space clearing mood. A satisfying swipe is made by marching through the bathroom and kitchen looking for out of date bottles and boxes which are a perfect fit for the trash can.
Another no brainer is high maintenance casual tops that need intensive ironing, dry cleaning and have fragile buttons that usually means I never wear them for fear of moving too fast and tearing the fabric. Bag number 2 is ready to go out the door.
I confess deep in my closet lie garments that are still in their packaging with the price tag on! Impulse purchases I could never live up to wearing are doing nothing for my look so out they go.
Truth is I have out grown last Summer’s bargains and some shoes I have been saving for special occasions no longer fit me. Not even close. I know how the ugly sisters feel in Cinderella!!
A piece of good news comes in the idea that long skirts that have long lost their shape and waist bands have a beautiful fabric I can re – use as a throw over the clutter that is left. Things look a whole lot better in an instant!
Where and why did I buy this hat? I have no idea It’s been a great friend on many holidays and trips as it packs down flat and in its prime looked a little smart but now it is faded into two different colours. It’s a wreck!
I read that women of many ancient cultures did ritual clearing before and after Autumn so I’m feeling like I’m hitting a seasonal trend.
My clearing is definitely in synch. Our local theatre is doing a play about the British Queen meeting Margaret Thatcher called Handbagged this year. It is a popular hit and reminds me of the theatre programmes I have yet to rifle through. I still have archives of records I want to hoard but know I have never looked at some of the papers in 10 years! Here’s to that immortal line from Frozen ‘let it go’
I see that there are things under the table I cannot part with. Old props from shows I will probably never do again but I believe in that possibility and it uplifts me and holds me together in a beautiful way so I am not apologetic.
That was told on stage some time ago and I remember how I felt in that moment so alive and alert and important it’s lovely to feel that vitality and all you need is a second of it. I’m sure everyone has their own unique path to that feeling by choosing something they do that makes them feel truly alive and in the moment that is why I have chosen to keep the items I have that is what In the end determines what did or did not make the cut
And so at last I think I have found my understanding of Feng Shui or at least my version of it!
Looking back on a room that now looks ‘normal’ I can see one way that made it easy for me to trudge through the debris was starting a process and having a purpose or a method to my madness. That gave me a bit of pepper for my motivation because after all no one tidies up for kicks? Do they?
I feel so much freer and have batched up my tips into little emails if that interests you I will put a link here to join in. When I can find my notepad! It’s under something somewhere….
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Here’s to a productive Autumn however your closet looks. Now I have space for a new season and thankfully a few choice items that inspire new stories are still at hand. I can see good stuff on the horizon!
Hope you feel joyful for October.
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