You’re uninspired, overwhelmed, at a crossroads, or frustrated. You’re stuck, and you’re stumped as to what you are supposed to do next.
Sometimes when you have inner work to do but you don’t know where to start, it’s a good idea to look around you. Maybe in order to create some clarity and freedom in your mind you need to clear some clutter and sweep out some cobwebs in your home.
There is a strong connection between the condition of our mind space and the condition of our physical space. In order for energy to flow through us, energy has to be able to flow around us. The ancient art and science of Feng Shui teaches us that tending to our homes is an act of self-care. We’re injecting our environment with the intentions we have for ourselves and our lives and opening ourselves up to the Universal flow of life force energy.
So if you’re ready to move on, light up, and ease in, here are 5 things you can do to start making a shift:
1. Clear the Chaos
That space in your house–that space where things collect. You know the space, we all have one (or many). Your kitchen counter, your coat closet, your desk, your guest room? When clutter collects and remains stagnant for a while it can start to affect your thoughts. They become jumbled. You can’t think clearly, you struggle to find solutions to problems, you get writers block, or you become paralyzed by overwhelm. If this is sounds familiar, go directly to that space and start sorting. Let go of what you don’t absolutely need or love. File, purge, donate, sort, sell, organize. When you clear that clutter you are opening up space for new, fresh energy–for new ideas, new solutions. You’re creating flow in your environment and in your mind.
2. Be Welcoming
Do you feel like you can’t catch a break? Are you wishing you had more opportunities coming your way? Could you really use some help–a doctor, a financial advisor, a life coach, even just a compassionate friend? Take a walk…out your front door. The proper front door to your home (not your kitchen door or your garage entry) is where all the positive energy enters your home. What are you welcoming that energy with? Clean that door and that doorknob and sweep the front stoop. Make sure this area is well-lit and safe for anyone approaching. Add some beautiful flowers or seasonal decorations on either side of the door and get a clean, new welcome mat–something that makes you smile. Giving your care and attention to this area is a message to the Universe that you are ready to welcome helpful people, new opportunities, and auspicious energy in to your life. And use that door at least one time every day!
3. Shore Up Your Money
Does it seem like as soon as money comes in it goes right back out? Is saving money a challenge? The flow of water in your house can be indicative of the flow of money in your life. The first thing to do is to check all your plumbing for leaks or clogs. A drippy faucet, a leak in the sprinkler system…a slow draining tub or sluggish water pressure–over time these nuisances can show up in your life as little expenses that slowly drain your bank account or as a feeling of never having enough money to get ahead. Repair any plumbing issues immediately, and do so with gratitude for the healthy flow of money that will be coming your way.
4. Give It A Rest
The bedroom is a very important room in your home. It should be your sanctuary, your reprieve from the rest of the world. Designed for rest, restoration, and romance, modern bedrooms are having identity crisis’. They’re being used as offices, entertainment spaces, and dumping grounds. No wonder so many people have sleep issues. An inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, waking up with racing thoughts, worries, and lists, and waking up still feeling tired are all signs that your bedroom needs a little TLC. The electricity flowing through your devices effect your own personal energy, even when those devices are turned off. Stay off the screens for at least an hour before bed, and keep the bedroom a TV and computer-free zone. Developing a nighttime ritual is a wonderfully soothing practice. Some calming essential oils, reading for pleasure, journaling, sharing the highlights of your day with your partner. Energy can even bounce around the room if you have mirrors, so if restful sleep is a problem for you, try removing or covering the mirror for a while and see if things change.
5. A House of Inspiration Creates Inspiration
Assign yourself an hour to take a walk around your home as if it were your first time there. Look at the art, the furniture, the color on the walls, the photographs, the accessories. Do they light you up? Start collecting pictures of rooms you love in magazines or start a board on Pinterest and begin incorporating some fun design elements in to your home. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you don’t need to hire a decorator to breathe some new life in to your spaces. Pops of color in pillows. Updated family photos. A crazy pattern on a rug. An accent wall in your favorite color. If your home’s design is stale it wouldn’t be surprising if that is how you describe your state of inspiration. There are no rules–do what feels good and be bold! (And don’t be intimidated by the word bold–you can be bold even if your style is neutral, traditional, or zen.) Curate your environment so you are surrounded by things that bring you joy, bring you peace, and light a spark in your imagination!
You don’t have to walk around uninspired and stuck anymore. Consider the connection between your state of mind and your environment and make adjustments that seem appropriate and intriguing to you. It’s an individual practice for each of us so be playful, be mindful, and create a home that inspires you!