Clutter As Barrier to Peace - Guest Blogger, Moreen Trophy
August 18, 2014
Have you noticed that when your home or office is out of order, you feel out of order as well? Clutter causes so much stress, I often wonder why we put up with it. Why don’t we just get rid of it to achieve the peace we crave?
Feng Shui teaches that clutter blocks the flow of Chi, that life force energy that surrounds us and determines how we progress through life. It’s about the positive and negative energy around us, and clutter falls into the negative category.
Clutter also disturbs those with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) because it causes too much stimulation to someone already contending with over-stimulation. And we’re talking about adults as well as children here.
Clutter can be a safety hazard.
Think about those piles of shoes at the entrance to your home or items on the sides of the stairs not knowing if they’re going up or down. Of course there are other hazardous situations as well, however here we’re thinking about falling over the piles either on a level or down the stairs. Do you really want to break a limb because of something in your way that doesn’t have to be there?
I must also mention fire. Tripping over clutter when trying to exit your home in case of fire isn’t the best thing you could ever do for yourself or your family.
And in hoarding situations, the physical structure of the building you live in may be compromised due to the weight of all that “stuff” that the house or apartment building were not built to support. In an apartment building, you’re also compromising the structure for those living around you, not to mention that critters frequently make their homes in the piles of clutter (mice, rats, insects and all that they leave bahind).
Food that’s past its expiry date can also be considered clutter. Whether in the freezer or on the counter top, food eventually goes bad. Eating it is unhealthy, and keeping it around will attract all types of undesirables, contributing to the possibility of illness and potentially death.
So what is that thing called clutter? It’s anything that belongs somewhere other than where it is. Items that are residing on your kitchen counter tops that should be in the cabinets, in the trash or in the refrigerator. Paperwork on your desk that needs filing, shredding or recycling. Clothing that we aren’t wearing because it’s too small, too big, needs mending, or that we simply don’t like any more. Tools that aren’t being used and haven’t been used for several years. And all that “stuff’ in the basement that we can’t identify.
Of course we all have “reasons” we’re keeping all those items. Most of the reasons are merely excuses though, to distract us from the hard work of eliminating things that have no use for us any more.
Are you living with any of these situations, or others that you may consider clutter? What will you do about it? What’s your timeline for eliminating it?