As garage-sale season begins, many people are taking the opportunity to improve their home’s Feng Shui without even realizing it. One of the simplest things you can do to enhance the positive flow of energy through your environment is to banish clutter and remove extraneous items from your home. It may seem to go against the modern philosophy of “more is better,” but when Feng Shui was developed centuries ago, its first practitioners discovered that casting off useless and unwanted objects could literally be like lifting a weight from the owner’s shoulders.

Despite the fact that we know how important it is to remove clutter, it can be painfully difficult to part with our possessions – even the ones that have been stuffed in a box in the corner of a closet for the last year or more.

To make the job easier for you, here’s a test that your items must pass in order to remain in your home. Everything you own should meet at least one of the following criteria. If you can’t answer yes to any of the questions below when assessing an item, then do yourself a favor and let them go. In addition to clearing your own environment, selling or donating cast-offs can result in enhancing the environment of someone else who really would treasure the thing you no longer need, want or use.

The Power to PURGE!
Ideally, you should sort through all your possessions at least once a year while considering the following questions:
1. Do I use it?
2. Do I need it?
3. Does it bring me joy?
4. If I lost it in a fire, would I seek an exact replica to replace it?
5. Would I be willing to put it in my home’s prosperity area in order to create more of it?
6. Does it send positive energy to the universe?
7. Does it remind me of happy memories or create positive emotions when I’m near it?
8. Would I take it with me if I moved to a new home?
9. Will it create pleasure or be useful to my heirs?
One final note: If it’s broken or irreparably damaged, then throw it out.
By clearing your home’s clutter, you can create a more open environment to welcome positive energy that will result in a better life for everyone under your roof.

Author's Bio: 

Linda Binns, a private practice Holistic Health Practitioner & Feng Shui consultant for eight years, offers consultations for homes and businesses. She is dedicated to helping people be aware of how they can maintain a healthy and natural lifestyle through natural healing methods and the environmental art of Feng Shui.

Linda Binns
Harmony Inside & Out, LLC
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