Taming the Clutter Monster

Taming the Clutter Monster

There is nowhere to hide in Feng Shui. Not your closets, drawers, garage or under the bed. A cluttered home or office is a cluttered mind. The spiritual law of disorder tells the universe that you don’t trust it to bring in new things, so you hold onto the old. Say, your closet is stuffed. Where are you going to put the new outfit you just bought? In Feng Shui, you literally have to make room for new jobs, new friends and new relationships.

“If you want to change your life, move 27 things in your house.” – Chinese saying

We all have clutter!

    • Clutter is stuck Qi energy
    • It weighs us down
    • Blocks our progress
    • Adds confusion
    • Creates inability to move forward
    • Does not allow universe to bring new things

Reasons to clear your clutter:

      • Having clutter makes you feel tired
      • It can keep you in the past
      • Clutter can affect your body weight
      • It makes you procrastinate
      • Having clutter can make you feel ashamed
      • Clutter can put your life on hold
      • It can depress you


        • Paper piles of confusion affect your ability to make good decisions
        • Holding onto old books and files does not allow new ideas and new ways of thinking
        • Musty old books are like musty old energy
        • Give them away to a library or charity – this is good Feng Shui!


          • Drawers and albums stuffed with photographs are not honouring these important people and memorable events
          • Make sure the images fit perfectly inside the frames
          • Organise photographs into albums with dates

Tips for Gurus-on-the-Go
Get creative with your bookshelf. Stack books on their side to create more open space to display cherished collectibles; the more artistically visual, the better.



            • Limit collectibles
            • Keep in one area
            • Pack some away and rotate them
            • Make space for new things
            • Rule is to keep 50% of all spaces clear of clutter


              • Junk drawers
              • Garages, attics and basements
              • Closets and under beds
              • Purses and brief cases
              • Cars and vehicles

Reasons we hold on to things:

                • I might need it someday!
                • It’s valuable!
                • So and so gave it to me!

Take the Clutter Test:

                  • Does it fit who I am now?
                  • Does it lift my energy when I look at it?
                  • Do I love it?
                  • Is it useful?
                  • Is it broken?

3 Box Method:

                    • Box 1: SAVE
                    • Box 2: NOT SURE
                    • Box 3: GIVEAWAY, YARD SALE or EBAY

(be sure to mark all boxes clearly before storing)

Clear your mind and your body:

                      • Eat healthy foods.
                      • Toxic friends need to go.
                      • No negative thoughts.
                      • Stop worrying or judging.
                      • Stop moaning and complaining.

Home is where your stuff is. Less is more in Feng Shui, so keep your clutter and chaos in check. Live with what you love.

Anita Rosenberg

www.AnitaRosenberg.com | @anitarosenbergstudio


9 thoughts on “Taming the Clutter Monster

  1. Mirley

    I loved this article! So simple and to the point. In the last week, by divine guidance, I’ve been getting newsletters and reading book about de cluttering. I finally cleaned my office and closet and it feels like I can breathe again.

  2. Kira Lua

    This is very useful! Thanks Anita, Miranda, Kora for spreading the love.
    I find the clutter test really useful and will have to clear the clutter in my bedroom ASAP!

    1. Anita Rosenberg

      Kira, glad you are tackling the bedroom. This is where you spend 1/3 of your life and it has to be a very yin and relaxing space. Make sure there’s nothing under the bed. You want your Qi to flow. Anita

  3. Vanessa Watson

    Thank you,

    Miranda, Anita and Kora. My friends Mother says, “How your home or workspace is, is a reflection of your state of mind, in that point of time in your life!” This is so true. I’ve also heard, that if you’re relocating furniture around your home, this generally means you want/need a change in your life. Why not start with de-cluttering? Thanks for the tips. I never knew how or where to start.

    Have a nice day.
    Vanessa xx

  4. Anita Rosenberg

    Vanessa, so nice to get your feedback. Start small. Every space counts. I do however like to have at least one messy drawer. No sense in overdoing it. Active clutter is creative clutter. I even organized my underwear this past week and it feels so lovely to look into a neatly organized underwear drawer. Anita

  5. Cok Mas

    Thank you for helping me with the clutter, I realize the mount of books on my desk are also clutter that have to be managed asap, and I will clean he clutter 😀 xxx


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