Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by KAREN KINGSTON

clearyourclutterBe prepared to read this book very quickly. The author says it herself – it is a small book. In many ways, unfortunately. It is no match for my beloved Home Enlightment still so fresh in my mind. But many people have recommended this book on a simple living forum so I had to read it, right?

My first thought was: “Where is the Feng Shui?” I am no expert, I know, but except for a few references to the bagua diagram, the author only constructs the whole book on a clutter – psychological effect perspective: clearing the clutter will subsequently lead to unblocking energies, psychological obstructions. Her Feng Shui solution is – clear the clutter in certain parts of the house and different aspects of your life will flourish. After all, what more is there to say than – get rid of the clutter and once the physical clutter is out of the way, the mental and spiritual benefits are enormous. The message, although very simple, is extremely powerful, I have to say.

Oh, another Feng Shui reference that stuck in my mind – happily married couples will have many pairs in their homes – they will buy two of each thing just because “it feels right”. Interesting, right? Having things in pairs is good for relationships and single people should follow this rule if they want to find their soul-mates.

It is a simple little book that suffers from the lecturer’s syndrome – too manual-like. It has bigger aims than this, but doesn’t really reach there. It is very motivational, though. Does that. It made me go unclutter my daughter’s closet of old, small clothes. So, if motivation is what you’re looking for, go ahead and spend an afternoon with this book. Your house will be happier and subsequently… you know.

UPDATE – I need to change my review of this book.I need to say that it has already proven very useful to me – I used it in an argument with my husband. Oh, yeah. The argument was about packing boxes. His side- let’s keep all these packing boxes that we get sometimes in the mail. We might need them.” (He now needs a box to mail a book). My side “No. I am not storing a box for years for the remote possibility it would be perfect in a few years for an item we need to ship. It is not worth it.” His argument “ I am putting all the boxes in this big bag and storing them in the office closet.” Me – “What? There are other things that need to go in that closet. “ He – “Ok. I’ll fold them and I’ll put them in the attic.” At this point I take out the book. “Things stored in your attic can restrict your higher aspiration…”. It felt so good. In the end, I still gave in and accepted to store some boxes in the attic. But it doesn’t matter who wins, right? As long as everybody learns from the battle.