Our clutter is so different from our parents and grandparents. They had clutter that consisted of a lot of newspapers, magazines and miscellaneous paperwork. Fortunately, we are saving some trees these days and don’t have as much actual paper clutter. We’re reading magazines online, paying bills online, and more, which is great. However, we now have an abundance of electronics which has changed our clutter to be completely different.
I recently cleaned out a drawer in my office and found four different chargers, each for a different device. Two of these devices I actually had gotten rid of a year ago. I also found two different electrical adapters and an old cell phone. The adapters...I don't even know what type of device the belong to! Yes, electronics have caused us clutter! We’re constantly upgrading and manufacturers are also changing devices and connections often. No wonder we have an abundance of this stuff.
Here are six tips to cut down on “device clutter”.
Got a great tip for organizing electronic gadgets, cords and adapters? Please share in the comments!
I have worked for over 15 years as an interior designer for both residential and commercial clients. Recently, I shifted the focus of my entire business to primarily Interior Alignment® as I found this work really resonates with my heart. While I still have much respect for my fellow traditional interior designers, I personally found more gratification from employing feng shui and space clearing concepts in my client’s homes and offices.
Often times a Feng Shui consultation can seem like a scary thing to a new client. Most people assume the consultant will request they make countless changes to the space including large remodels or hefty financial investments. However, lifting the energy in a space does not mean you have to do a complete overhaul on your home. Begin by starting small to see what works for your family and lifestyle and then you can always take it to the next level when you’re ready. Our goal is to support you in the life you want to be living and the goals you want to achieve. Everything begins with understanding what is going on in your life now, and then what it is you want to feel or attain in life.
Implementing Feng Shui doesn't always involve costly changes.
I often begin my consultations by proposing a thorough cleaning followed by plenty of time with the windows open allowing fresh air to cleanse the space. Many families that I work with never open their windows for fresh air. They’re so used to having either the heat or the air conditioning on and don’t even think about the need to cleanse the air.
For step two we’ll gather some rocks and crystals, fresh flowers, plants, and candles. Many times the client is able to “shop” around their own home or yard to find the items for this. These few changes can really shift the low or stagnant energy and may be all the client needs.
For clients looking to take it a step further, I’ll then recommend they invest in a few decorative pieces such as throw pillows, tablecloths, rugs, lamps, or art. These items can really bring your space into harmony and hold your intentions with minimal investment.
After these initial adjustments, clients are typically thrilled with the results and often times we’ll keep going. Paint colors on the walls may be tweaked, window treatments designed and even room remodels completed. While it’s fun and exciting to make these large changes, it’s always the small ones at the beginning that really begin that movement of energy and change the environment. From the cleaning and organizing of the space which costs nothing more than a few cleaning supplies, to the few items found around the house, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. A few simple tweaks to connect the home and family to the cycles of nature can be huge.
I hope you're having a great summer. You may have noticed that I'm behind on blog posts. I've had so many ideas and topics in my head but sitting down to type has been hard. I've been struggling with my meditation time too, my stack of summer reading on the coffee table is growing not diminishing, and I've even caught myself scowling while heading to yoga class. There seems to be so much to do and so little time lately. I did bring this on myself though as I recently had the debut of Good Chi and scheduled my first Pop-up Shop shortly after while also trying to keep up with all my client consultations.
With Independence Day upon us, I'm now finding extra time to catch my breath and I'm really CHECKING IN. I know this is just a phase and like everything there is ebb and flow. This morning's focus was to schedule that "me time" in. I just planned the the yoga classes I'll attend this week and already booked my spot. I also just scheduled a massage, and also have literally blocked time off throughout the week for reading.
So this is your friend reminding you too, to check in with yourself. What do you need right now? Are you getting the good healthy food your body needs? Are you finding time for exercise? How about just being outside in the fresh air? Go ahead and make a list or better yet, schedule that yoga class, a walk in the park or just time in your backyard with your kids. You know if you schedule it you're more likely to stick to it.
Wishing you all a wonderful Independence Day!
I'm so excited to announce my new web store called Good Chi.
I've always loved the slogan "Got Milk". It seems fun, a bit lighthearted, and to the point. Just easy perhaps. That's what I wanted to create with Good Chi. It's a site that you can visit to easily get your hands on some items that will make your space feel great. No deep digging or scouring through stores overwhelmed! I try to make it simple with some things that are beautiful and connected to nature. Still not sure what to get? Take advantage of the Crystal Recommendation Mini Consultation. For only $29.99 you'll receive a personalized report of recommended crystals for your home. I use your home layout along with some of your personal goals to create my recommendation. Then you can easily purchase those recommended stones on my site. Still not sure where to start? Don't worry, just reach out and I'd be glad to help.
Below is just a sampling of what you'll find at Good Chi.
Thanks for your support!
We often think we have to go to great lengths to refresh our homes. Just thinking about organizing closets and scrubbing floors can make you want to run the other way. Fortunately, it’s much easier.
Below are a few tips to instantly make your home feel renewed. Within minutes, you’ll notice a difference!
1. Open a Window
There’s no denying it, opening a window to get some fresh air flowing through your home seems so simple. Unfortunately, we don’t often do it. We’re too busy with our day to day activities and it seems to be the last item on our list. I encourage my clients to open a window for 10 minutes every day to refresh the room and clear out any stagnant air. Go for it, you’ll love it!
2. Sweep and Vacuum
Your floors easily collect debris. It’s even difficult to see all the stuff that is deep down in carpet. Take a few minutes to clean your floors. Try sprinkling a bit of Baking Soda on the carpet, let it sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum up. You carpet will smell oh-so fresh.
3. Treasure Living Plants
Give any plants in your home a fresh drink of water and a little love. If you don’t have any plants, add a new one to your home. Living plants are a most amazing air purifier and they bring a wonderful natural energy into your space.
Now make a plan to take these three simple actions every few days or whenever you just need a refresh.
Below is a guest post from my teacher LuAnn Cibik. She's an amazing woman and I just know you'll love her too.
If you've recently purchased Denise Linn's new book Energy Strands look at page 4 where she dedicates the book to LuAnn!!!
Honoring the Earth Energy in your Home