In conjunction with my Hoarding Isssues...this should be a rule to stick by:
“If you don't know you have it, or you can't find it, it is of NO value to you!”
"Passive Chaos—Creativity Lost in Clutter: Chaos left for long becomes passive or stagnant, and the scene changes. No masterpiece is born in a studio filled with dried-up brushes and spilled paints, nor a kitchen full of crusty dishes and greasy pans. The longer we leave “the mess,” the more the Ch’i deteriorates, and the flurry of creation grinds to a halt. Creativity languishes on the cluttered desktop, in the chaotic kitchen, and the junky back porch. Even when your rooms are free of passive chaos, check your storage areas. There, the kingdom of passive chaos might include mountains of catalogs, cities of rusty old paint cans, or forests of toys the kids outgrew a dozen years ago. Thickets of passive chaos grow in garages, closets, basements, and attics, safely behind closed doors. Feng Shui invites you to throw open all the doors and take a look. Passive chaos is easy to recognize. In its presence, creativity collapses, and there’s no reviving it until that big, old mess is handled. Behind a door or not, clutter and chaos drain your vitality. That’s why it’s often so challenging to face the mess and return it to order. Nevertheless, it has to be done. It’s helpful to realize that as you bravely roust the minions of passive chaos from your home, you are inviting transformation to occur. You are bringing your creativity and imagination back to life. Here are seven questions to ask while sorting through your possessions that can help you clear the passive chaos and establish a new order.
Seven “Clear the Way” Questions 1. Do I love it? 2. Do I need it? 3. Does it support who I am now in my life? 4. Does it act as an Environmental Affirmation for me? 5. What positive and/or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it? 6. Does it need to be fixed or repaired, and am I willing to do so now? 7. If it’s time to let it go, am I going to sell, lend, or give it away, and when?
Eliminate Passive Chaos and Reclaim Creativity: Organizing your possessions reinstates your creativity and vitality. Motivation kicks in when you understand the importance of cleaning up the chaotic spots in your home. As you simplify and organize, watch what happens in your life. Since everything is connected, the simple act of cleaning out a drawer can ripple out and attract positive opportunities. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for a friend or family member’s support. If you’re just too busy, hire a professional organizer to help you. However you accomplish the task, your reward is a ticket to enter (or re-enter) the dynamic world of creativity and the active chaos that goes with it. Active chaos is an integral part of the creative cycle. The trick is to follow the natural cycle all the way around and bring your projects to completion. Enjoy the ride from beginning to end, knowing that your creative expression renews the spirit, nurtures the home, and enhances every facet of your life.
Practice Feng Shui Today
The best time to practice Feng Shui is today. Waiting for the perfect conditions is like waiting to start exercising or to start eating well. The energy that moves through your home is of vital importance to your health, prosperity, and happiness now. So begin designing your perfect home—your personal paradise—today, wherever you are. When it comes right down to it, you are renting, whether you own your home or not. Don’t let plans to move keep you from making the home you live in now the best it can be. Balancing and enhancing your present home is one of the most powerful things you can do to energize and manifest your goals and dreams for the future. Fortunately, Feng Shui principles give you an abundance of practical, results-producing ways to balance the Ch’i flow. Begin by stepping into the looking glass and seeing your home as a bigger you. See everything in your home as being dynamically alive. Explore your connections with the things “who” surround you. Simplify and organize every nook and cranny so that the creative spirit within you flourishes. Embrace change, choose to live with what you love, and let comfort and safety be your guides in creating a beautiful home. Your challenge—and your joy—is to balance the vital energy flowing through you and your home so that harmony, prosperity, and happiness become your daily companions. As more and more people do so, together we’ll create Heaven on Earth."