If you’ve recently gone through a major change in your life, or are simply becoming more aware of the growing clutter in your home, then these three great reads will help you with your “stuff.” This “stuff” can weight us down, or give us the feeling that we can’t move freely. We want as much “free flow” and simplicity in our life so we can focus on the things that are most important.
The basic principles of feng shui will help you re-think how you decorate, what you keep and don’t, and even who you associate with on a regular basis.
Decorating with the Five Elements of Feng Shui
Tisha focuses on the five elements wisdom to clear out outdated energy or simply energy that no longer serves you. Her tips and tricks will help you balance your energy, improve your relationships and happiness, and heal your living space.
If you haven’t ever worked with or read about the elements, there are five core elements ―Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and these serve as the threads of energy that connect all living beings with nature.
She teaches you how each element is expressed not only in nature, but also through you and your home which can impact how you “feel” in your home on a daily basis. She gives you a quiz to start, so you can best understand your elemental makeup. Also check out this Chinese influenced book on the 5 Elementals and how they impact your health – I’ve had this book for years and still access it on a regular basis. (also includes a quiz so you can best understand where you fit btw).
Start with a quiz to understand your elemental makeup and then gives you a three-step formula to incorporate feng shui into your life. She even provides a room-to-room guide for using the five elements as well as instructions for healing spaces both inside and outside.
Tisha Morris is a feng shui expert, interior designer, and energy healer who combines traditional feng shui techniques, design aesthetics, and intuition to turn challenging spaces into supportive environments. Discover her book and purchase it over on Amazon.
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
I first read Karen Kingson now more than ten years ago and her books helped me declutter and harmonize my Boston home after I went through a divorce.
This book is a revised and updated edition of her bestselling book, where she draws on her wealth of experience as a clutter clearing, space-clearing, and feng shui practitioner to show you how to transform your life by letting go of clutter.
Let’s face it, clutter can feel overwhelming when you live among it day after day. She has a very conversational tone that I found very easy to understand and process. Her view is that clutter is stuck energy that has far-reaching physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects. I couldn’t agree more btw.
Our junk can hold us back. Just as our junk can be someone else’s gift, learn how to let go and create more space in your life. She even sheds light on why we keep stuff that no longer serves us and how it can hold us back.
Her book teaches you why and how clutter causes stagnation in your life, how to clear it quickly and live a clutter-free life, which I found at least, created room for new things to blossom in my life. You can get it over on Amazon.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The read is an international and New York Times best-seller and serves as an excellent guide to decluttering your home from the Japanese point of view. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo walks people through what she refers to as the KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
When we have space and clarity, we not only emotionally can allow new energy, people, and yes, things into our life, but we may actually feel better as well. It’s amazing what a decluttered home will do for your personal life.
She guides you how to simplify and organize your home once, so you’ll never have to do it again. Like many of the books I’ve found on feng shui, her methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which I find to be very effective.
The KonMari Method, with its category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. I can’t verify this to still be true, but I read that none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed and apparently has a few month waiting list. Find her book on Amazon.