HOW TO BOOST YOUR HOME’S ENERGY IN 2013!

This isn’t a post about energy consumption.

Not in the typical sense of the word, anyway.

Instead, this has to do with the energy in your home – in terms of the positive or negative vibes contained between the walls.

In other words, you may have heard that people emit either positive or negative energy.

Well your home exudes a certain energy, as well.

It may be closely related to your own mood.

More specifically, if you’ve been neglecting yourself lately and are feeling tired and overwhelmed, this might have rubbed off on your surroundings.

And chances are your home is feeling the same way.

Take a look around you.

Is your furniture looking a bit worn and tired?

Are the walls faded and in need of a fresh coats of paint?

Do the carpets need replacing?

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5 WAYS TO SHIFT THE ENERGY IN YOUR OFFICE

A recent article on creating Harmony in ones’ work place, has inspired today’s post.

Perhaps you’ve wondered how you might improve the energy in your workspace.

Whether or not your office is in your home, these simple design suggestions will give you something to think about.

By no means are these ideas limited to just your office – you can apply this to any place in your home.

 

Do Aim for Clean, Uncluttered Surfaces

We don’t always realize how important it is to have our work areas impeccably organized, with a designated place for everything to be stored.

The tendency is to have little piles on our desk, each one representing a portion of our To Do list for the next day.

Do you really tackle each of those little piles on a daily basis?

I know I don’t.

And yet, I’m fearful of storing things away, being very guilty of an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.

Here’s the thing, though:  according to Chinese Feng Shui, having too many things on your work surface can impede the flow of energy, or chi.

There is a lot of truth in this ancient wisdom, so take heed.

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BOOST YOUR HOME’S ENERGY IN 2012!

No, I’m not talking about your home’s electrical output.

I’m talking about your home’s energy, in terms of the positive or negative energy contained therein.

You’ve probably heard that people emit either positive or negative energy – well your home exudes a certain energy, as well.
It may be closely related to your own mood.

In other words, if you’ve been neglecting yourself lately and are feeling tired and overwhelmed, this may have rubbed off on your surroundings. Chances are your home is feeling the same way.

Take a look around you.

Is your furniture looking a bit worn and tired? Are the walls faded and in need of a fresh coats of paint? Do the carpets need replacing?

What about clutter? Do you live in a clean, organized space full of positive energy? Or is your living environment screaming for help, mired in negative output?

Maybe your home needs to lose the ‘extra weight’.

Many of us have the inevitable spare room, where we discard un-used, and un-needed items.

What is the energy emitted from that room? Does it weigh you down or lift you up?

Which would you prefer?

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HOW MUCH DOES YOUR HOME WEIGH?

I finally had a chance to get caught up with my movie viewing this past weekend, something I don’t do too often. 

I happened to watch “Up In The Air”, the one with George Clooney. I particular liked the Clooney character’s motivational speeches.

I found them quite, well – motivational.

Just to refresh your memory, he first posed the question:  “How much does your Life weigh?”

He then proceeded to challenge his audience to picture every single item that takes up room in the lives, and pack it into a hypothetical suitcase.

The next step was to try and move that suitcase, which of course was so laden down with accumulated stuff that it wouldn’t even budge.

The question that popped into my mind at this point was:

“How much does your Home weigh?”

It’s the same concept, really.

Our homes are filled with stuff, no question about it. Much of it is necessary. Things like furniture, a bed to sleep in, a chair to sit on. Then we have appliances, like a refrigerator, a stove, and so forth.

It’s all necessary. At least, I know I couldn’t live without any of those things.

Then we come to our closets full of clothing, and our home offices full of computers and files and all kinds of paperwork.

Much of this is also necessary.

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WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?

I’ve been cleaning up around here lately.                                                       

Not Spring cleaning, exactly, but more along the lines of an Office overhaul and  remodel.

Out went the old credenza and hutch. In their place – built-in bookshelves, cabinets and drawers with more storage than I’d dreamed of.

Everything is neat and organized and clutter-free.

I am basking in this new space.

Cleaning up my office has even had a domino effect in that some of the old shelving ended up in a downstairs closet.

Previously, this particular walk-in storage closet was so filled with stuff one could barely step inside without tripping over things.

It is now spic and span with a place for everything and everything in its place. I can hardly believe the transformation.

As a result, I’m a whole new me.

While immersed in overhauling and re-organizing, I happened to take a couple of assessment tests on-line, things like the well-known Myers-Briggs. Plus another one that was new to me yet equally appealing in that it focuses on ones Strengths – hence the name Strengths Finders.

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SENTIMENTAL VALUES

The ancient Chinese revered their ancestors.                                            

Perhaps this is nowhere more evident than in the ancient Chinese bronze vessels used for sacrifice.

These priceless objects were part of an elaborate ritual ceremony to commemorate the deceased, based in part, on the belief that one’s’ ancestors would continue to watch over you from the afterlife.

As long as you kept them happy, that is.

In those days, Bronze was an expensive metal, not easily obtained. It was reserved for use by the elite members of the aristocracy and upper class citizens – those that could afford to honor their ancestors properly.

Thus, by offering food and wine in these intricately carved bronze bowls and ewers, honor was maintained.

In our Western culture, we have a different set of customs that dictate how we honor our loved ones, and we do this primarily through family heirlooms and treasured keepsakes.

A common practice is to cherish an object that we know was previously loved by the deceased – such as an antique chair, a decorative object or other works of art.

It’s as if our loved ones live on in these keepsakes, and so, for sentimental reasons, we continue to keep them in our homes and our hearts.

However, at some point, we may need to ask ourselves whether these family treasures are still fulfilling their original purpose.

Do you truly love those keepsakes that you’ve treasured for so long? Are they inherently beautiful?

Or, is your devotion due to sentimental reasons only?

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IS LESS REALLY MORE?

“Less is More”  Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

A few years ago, a friend sent me this picture.  

The house, located in downtown Toronto, Canada, was about the size of a postage stamp. It was, at the time, for sale.

This immediately captured my attention. I was intrigued, wondering what it could possibly be like to live in such a tiny space. I found the challenge of maximizing the living space in a house this size, and creating a warm and inviting interior, to be exciting!

Now, I realize that a miniature dwelling of this scale just doesn’t cut it for most of us, including myself.

If nothing else, it certainly puts things in perspective, especially if you’ve ever felt you don’t have enough room and need a bigger house.

You’re not alone.

The thing is, you can move to a larger home, but if won’t be long before you’ve once again run out of room.

Because the problem isn’t lack of room, it’s that you have too much stuff.

The bigger the house, the more things you can accumulate, and the more you accumulate, well, sooner or later there might not be room to store it all.

So the problem, or challenge, is simply to get by with less in the first place.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR OoM’S LATELY?

An artist friend of mine, Julie Doane Roberts, creates what she calls OoMs. Otherwise referred to as Objects of Meaning.

We all have them, these OoMs.                                               

In fact, our OoMs are one of many reasons that we tend to collect so much stuff. Unless you are immune to this condition, you will know what I’m talking about.

Yet there is a big difference between the stuff we’ve collected over time that we really don’t need, and the many treasures we simply couldn’t live without.

Sentimental value, after all, is something we can’t put a price on.

Some time ago, I wrote an article about being the Artist of Your Life. I took a tongue-in-cheek approach to curating your various collections, in much the same way that a museum curator oversees the collections he or she is in charge of.

Be discerning, I said, as you sort through your possessions.

Once sorted, I advised you to display them prominently, with adequate lighting and an appropriate backdrop.

What I’m suggesting today is another alternative.

As the artist of your Life, why not curate your collection of memorabilia and treasures and re-purpose them into something that is a work of art, in and of itself?

I’m all for re-purposing, as you know. (It’s the 21st century buzz-word!)

Of course, when you take the time to create something even more beautiful out of your many treasures, you will be doing several things at the same time:

Creating Order Out of Chaos

Do you live in a clean, organized space full of positive energy?

We all know how we feel when our lives are out of balance. Exhausted, confused and overwhelmed.

There is a definite link between the clutter and disorganization in your home and these feelings of overwhelm.

Clearing Out Clutter

Have you ever noticed how an organized space, free of clutter, can literally free up your mind?

The theory behind this is that a cluttered home (substitute life, schedule, desk, etc) usually reveals a much deeper problem.

Recent studies have even proven a connection between clutter and excess weight, and even clutter and stress.

How amazing is that?

Freeing Up Space

Many of us have the inevitable spare room, where we discard unused, and unneeded items.

What is the energy emitted from that room? Does it weigh you down or lift you up?

Which would you prefer?

Are you ready to create some OoMs?

THE WELL DESIGNED ROOM ENCOUNTERS ‘NEGATIVE SPACE’

“Negative space is a powerful drawing tool. It’s one of the secrets to learning how to draw.” Brian Bomeisler

To paraphrase Brian Bomeisler, negative space is a powerful tool.    

Plus, it’s one of the secrets to a well-designed room!

That’s because the negative space in a room is just as important as the positive space.

Hence the message:   “Less Is More”.

Negative space can be defined as the area in and around an object.

Positive space is the object itself.

Let’s look at your typical living room. The sofa, chairs, coffee and end tables, carpet and accessories all comprise the Positive space.

The empty space around all these pieces is your Negative space.

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9 Seemingly Logical Reasons We Cling to Clutter

Actually, this week I’m featuring a favorite guest writer, Christine Kane. I think you will enjoy her wisdom and sense of humor.

Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 11,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.

9 Seemingly Logical Reasons We Cling to Clutter by Christine Kane

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A retired man once told me he loved going camping with his wife because camping showed her how simple life can be “without all that bloomin’ stuff she keeps everywhere!”

He’s right!

Our lives are meant to be simple. Our intuition and creativity thrive when given freedom and space. Clutter is a disease. Each moment we ignore the reasons we hold on to things we don’t want, those things rob us of energy, health, and clarity.

If you’re a clutter-clinger, be kind to yourself. Begin with an awareness of your thoughts and excuses. For starters, read over this list to see if you can find YOUR excuse!

Clutter Excuse #1: “I’d be a bad mean horrible person if I…”

Guilt is heavy gooey energy that convinces us we’re bad people if we let go of heirlooms, knick-knacks, unwanted clothing, or unwanted gifts.

These items clutter up our lives and keep us in a comfortable – but draining – place. And conveniently, we never have to decide what we actually do want in our environment. We become environmental victims. Often, that spreads out into other parts of our lives too!

Clutter Excuse #2 – “I spent so much on it!”

Do you punish yourself for having made a bad choice by keeping the item around? Or convince yourself that you’re going to get your money’s worth – even if it drains the hell out of you?

You won’t. And it will.

We’ve all done stupid things. And we’ve all had to let them go. Now it’s your turn.

Clutter Excuse #3 – “I might need this someday.”

I often wonder how many idle telephone cords exist in the world. Way in the back of old desk drawers. Stuffed on closet shelves. They can’t be gotten rid of.

Why?

Because we might need them some day.

Evidently, some day – in spite of technological progress – you’re going to need that particular grey phone cord that came in the box with a phone you bought in 1989.

Throw it out. Now.

Same thing goes for: The broken fax machine, switch plates from your first house, and every glass flower vase that came with deliveries.

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