Forget About Being Neat – For the Home

fi2014julpinWhen company is expected, a neat home is important to many of us. Neatness, however, is not the same as organized. As I’ve said before, an effective organizational system creates neatness as a byproduct. The main goal, however, is for your things and your space to support your life.

Here are two ways you can tell the difference between neat and organized.

  • If you can find something you need that you don’t use very often, you likely have a good organizing system. If, however, your space is spotless and you can’t find a flashlight (so you go buy another…even though you know you have six, ten, or twenty around here somewhere) then you are not organized even though your home looks neat.
  • If the things you use most often are available to you without any difficulties and they are in good working order then you have organization. If you take a grocery bag and clear your kitchen counter off to find your phone and then take the grocery bag to the basement you now have a neat kitchen counter but you lack organization.

Of course these are extreme examples to illustrate the point. Most of us cycle through different phases of organization and neatness each week and each month. In addition, organizing systems that have worked in one phase of life, may not work in the next phase of your life.

As you develop new systems for being organized, temporary chaos may ensue. This makes some people nervous but if you keep your focus on the big picture, you’ll have a space that is both neat and organized.

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Four Steps to Energy Clearing Your Office or Home

fr2014bells1Energy Clearing (also called Space Clearing) is using your intention to clear old or undesirable energy from a space and then using your intention to bless the space. Throughout history every culture has had a way to clear and bless space. People used drums, bells, sage or other tools for clearing their space. The format of the ceremony varied but the results were the same – a sense that the place was “freshened up”.

Energy clearing creates space that is healing, powerful and peaceful to be in. The following 4 step process will help you use your intention and focus to clear old energies from a space. This improves the feeling, harmony and balance in the space.

Use the following steps whether you are clearing your space between clients or you are clearing and blessing your home.

Step 1: Preparation

  • Clarify your intention for the space and write it down. (e.g. I would like people to experience balanced healing. or I would like my home to support my health and relationships.)
  • Choose tools (essential oil, clapping, bell, drum, feather, music)
  • Straighten office or home as best you can
  • Relax and focus

Step 2: Purification

  • Hold your intention in mind
  • Expand your awareness to fill the room/house
  • Offer prayers and gratitude
  • Circle the room/house with your chosen tool and your intention to release any stuck energy.
  • Clear yourself – Use the tool and your intention to clear energy from your body

Invocation/Blessing

  • Offer prayers/Read your intentions
  • Use chosen tool to activate the prayers and intentions into the space (circle the room again).

Preservation

Give something back to the space. (write your intention and leave it in the space or use a flower)

If you do this at your office between clients, each client will walk into a space that is clear of the energy of the person before them. If you do this periodically for your home, you will continuously clear away energy from any ungrounded emotional upsets.

Related article: Space Clearing: What is it and Why Would I Do It?

Take the Sticky Note Challenge

fi2014julstickytimeThis is a fun exercise you can do toward the beginning of a clutter clearing or organizing project.

First, choose a room in your office or home. You’ll need three different colors of sticky notes. You will then use the sticky notes to categorize everything in your space as “love it”, “putting up with it”, or “neutral.

Color #1 – Love It
If you walk into the room see something and smile, put it in the “love it” category. Don’t stop at your decorative objects. My old computer was a “putting up with” because it was so slow. My new computer is in the “love it” category and I’ve notice that I enjoy my work time more now that I have it.

Color # 2 – Putting up with it
Sometimes it’s a surprise how many items land in this category. If you have a lot of sticky notes in this color, don’t be alarmed. Remember that the awareness that you are gaining is allowing you to move forward powerfully. No more “head in the sand” existence.

Color #3 – Neutral
There are many things in our world that have no particular impact on us. You may not have an opinion about the color of the walls for example. If more than half of your sticky notes are in the neutral category, you can add some items that you really love to the room. Your experience of living and working in a space where you enjoy the colors, decor and appliances is much different than living and working in a neutral zone.

Once you finish the exercise, get some paper and take notes. You’ll most likely come up with a list of changes to make based on the information you’ve gained from this exercise. You’ll also have a sense of gratitude for the things in your space that are really working.