Feng Shui Your Closet

You get out of bed, breeze by the coffee maker and stumble into the shower. Next, it's a quick stop to the undie drawer and then you are off to hunt in the closet for something to wear.

Confused as to whether you should start ruffling through the pile on the floor or fight the knotted up hangers, your mood suddenly shifts into disgust, rage and even a tad of depression. Your whole day miraculously takes on those evil moods, and you're so used to them, you think that it's just a part of your personality. If this sounds at all familiar -- you need a feng shui closet makeover!

Applying the principles of feng shui to spaces such as drawers, medicine cabinets and closets is so easy that it's scary. Yet I see so many people disrespecting their small spaces. They think: "As long as I have my rooms covered -- I have completely feng shui-ed my home." Wrong. I'd like to remind everyone that feng shui-ing your home is a process that never really is complete because you are an ever-changing person. And as you change, so will your home.

Let's take your closets where your clothes are as an example. New clothes are always coming in, and old clothes are always going out. But the more you keep everything in your closet organized and up to date, the more likely you will start your day off in a better mood.

The 50 Percent Rule
So, where do you start? The most likely answer is to go backwards. Removing any and all unnecessary, unused, broken or simply unloved items is a great way to reach what I call the "50 percent real-estate rule." The 50 percent real-estate rule is the rule that at least 50 percent of the total volume of space within a closet be nothing. Yes, you read right, nothing. Now, you have to think 3-D here, as in total volume. I'm not saying you should cut your hanging rod in half, but I am saying that there should be enough space between the hanging items so you can actually see what's there without a major workout. And if there's stuff on the floor below the hanging items (shoes for example), those items should not be touching the hanging items and robbing them of their space.

Another example: If you have drawers or a dresser in your closet, the upper half of the drawer space -- of each drawer-- must not be filled to the top. For some, this 3-D thinking is new, and it may take practice. But I'll guarantee that if you've never had this kind of space in your closets, and then you create it, you will immediately feel the difference.

If this clearing is beyond your current abilities, ask a good friend to help. This should be someone who respects your inability to clear clutter. Please know that weird, uneasy feelings can come up when you're clearing clutter. It is a part of the process and is not a sign that you should stop. Be strong, I know you can do it!

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