I recently participated in my town's annual garage sale. From a financial point of view, my profit was $203.00; not too shabby. From an emotional point of view, however, I made quite a bit more.

To prepare for the big day, I started doing inventory in the usual clutter hangouts, the attic, garage and shed. I then found my way into more personalized clutter spaces such as the closets, bedroom dressers and nightstands.

During the clearing process, I went thru items such as old paint, tools, toiletries, CDs, linens, magazines, books, jewelry, and the insidious holiday decorations. There was no stopping me.

I came home from work one night and before I was consciously aware of it, I was tackling the kitchen. My cleansing ran the gamut, from the obvious junk drawer to the fertile breeding ground of tupperware. Even canned goods were victims of my maniacal purge.

It was astounding to me how much stuff there was to offload. The more I released, the more I released! I sold things, put free stuff on the curb, and made donations to local charities, the food bank, and an animal shelter.

Family and friends are still wondering where all this stuff came from. You see, I am an extremely neat and orderly Virgo, but there is the notion of organized clutter to consider.

Science teaches us that everything is comprised of energy. A goal of feng shui is to get in touch with our environments and create a path of least resistance for the positive flow of chi or energy.

Clutter is stuck energy. From a feng shui perspective, anything in your home that is neglected, unwanted or unused pulls your energy down with it, even if it is in labeled bins or neatly packaged with a pretty bow. Stale and stagnant energy causes humans to feel lethargic, tired or depressed.

As the energy in your home gets too congested, so does your body. When the amount of stuff is not proportionate to the amount of space, a home can start to feel like it cannot breathe. Subsequently, your own breathing may become tighter.

On the flip side, things that you love and use bring in strong and joyous energies that allow for a harmonious flow of chi. Free-flowing energy in your home equates to support and nourishment in the body.

We function more effectively in life when we know where things are. Rather than wasting time searching for car keys or misplaced paperwork, resulting in stress and confusion, isn't it more appealing and healthier to have peace and clarity as a result of knowing exactly where to find things?

Clutter can also cause procrastination. Don't let it put your life on hold. Blocked energy makes it difficult to get yourself to do anything. After clearing your space, you will have more energy to accomplish some of those things that have been pending in your subconscious mind. Motivation kicks in and the result is uplifting and quite rewarding.

Clutter clearing is a very powerful aspect of feng shui. You can improve and renew the energy flow of your life. Look at everything in your home and ask yourself these two questions. What does this symbolize to me? How does this make me feel? Lighten up on the clutter and your body, mind and spirit will also lighten up.

Author's Bio: 

Susan Tartaglino is a certified practitioner who trained with feng shui master Nancilee Wydra, founder of the Pyramid School of Feng Shui. Susan received her certification through the Feng Shui Institute of America, an international organization founded under the Pyramid School philosophy.

It was during her residency in Hong Kong in the 1980’s that Susan was first introduced to the concepts of feng shui. Susan has combined her years of feng shui study with her passion for interior and exterior design to help others achieve balance, comfort and inspiration in their environment and in their life.

Susan is a member of the International Feng Shui Guild. Other interests include a dedicated yoga practice and spending healing time with nature in her garden.