If you’re moving to a smaller space, or you’re already in one and you want to do it with even more finesse, I’ve got some feng shui tips for you.
Of course, feng shui tip #1 is clear clutter…Naturally! And when it comes to clutter clearing, getting started is the hardest part. That’s why I’m starting with five perspectives to spark your motivation:
1. Just because you spent a lot of money on it, it doesn’t mean you’re being wasteful by letting go of it if it doesn’t happen to fit into your life right now. If instead of helping you it’s holding you back, energetically speaking, you paid for it once, and now you’re still paying for it. If you paid ten bucks for a plate of food, and then it spoiled, would you then eat it “to get your money’s worth?” Of course not. Because then you’d be sick and out ten bucks. In economics, this is called “the law of sunk costs,” and you’re always supposed to ignore sunk costs so that you don’t get in any deeper than you already are.
2. Letting go doesn’t mean wasting, period. Everything is energy. And what we send out always returns to us multiplied. So if we donate something, or give it to a friend (especially when we do so with good intentions), we are transmuting something that doesn’t fit in our life right now into something that does fit in someone else’s life. In effect, we’re sending out blessings and wealth. And, energetically speaking, these things can’t help but return to us one way or another.
3. Having a mindset that attracts prosperity means having faith that what you need will be there when you need it. In other words, when we hold onto things that don’t fit in our lives right now, it’s very likely that this is because on some level we believe that there will be a time when we will need these things and won’t be able to easily afford them. Knowing that our thoughts and beliefs create our reality, this belief is not conducive to manifesting the future that we truly desire. So first work on the belief, and then when you can do so with trust and prosperity consciousness, let go.
4. When it comes right down to it, things really are just things. Regardless of how much sentimental value something has – or even more challenging, how much sentimental value you think it should have – it’s important to take a good honest look at the pay off in your current life situation. Perhaps you can take a picture of it and send it on its way. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who would love to borrow it or adopt it. The important thing is to remember that the present moment is the treasure, not the past, and certainly not stuff that isn’t really the past at all but just stuff that reminds you of the past. So if this old stuff is holding you back from enjoying the present moment and enjoying your life to the fullest, it’s just not worth keeping.
5. Happiness and comfort are what make up true prosperity – not stuff. So if your stuff is keeping you from being happy and comfortable in your space, it’s the opposite of prosperity: it’s poverty.
All that being said, if you clear all you can and you still feel cramped in your space, here are some additional tips:
Hang a faceted feng shui crystal from the ceiling in the very center of each room. (The spherical kind that’s clear and about the size of a quarter.) Then stand under and slightly to the side of a crystal in one room, hold your hands in prayer pose, and envision the space expanding and expanding in each direction. Then supercharge this feng shui cure by directing your palms toward the crystal and say, “Om ma ni pad me om” nine times (count 3 times 3). Repeat in each room.
Create vertical space. Small areas (especially kitchens) can often feel bigger when you decorate upwards by layering elements such as pictures, shelves, decorative borders, window dressings, and/or mirrors from the middle to top of the walls.
And finally, use mirrors generously, especially across from windows and in places that could use a bit more energy and light…But be careful not to let them reflect each other, as this can create a frenetic energy loop.
P.S. I really do know whereof I speak here. For seven years, my partner Ted and I shared a one room studio apartment…Not one bedroom. One room.
For more clutter clearing motivation, read chapter one of Magical Housekeeping. (Which, by the way, I wrote in that tiny studio apartment.)
And to feng shui your space like a pro, check out my Total DIY Feng Shui Series!
Additional posts that may interest you:
How to Feng Shui Your Studio or Single-Room Space in 3 Simple Steps
Transitional Feng Shui: Finding Sacred Space Within