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Organizing Your Clothes to Achieve Optimal Feng Shui
Now, assuming that you've got the place cleared out and the 50 percent rule applied, how can you best place the remaining items to suit your feng shui needs? My advice is to purchase identical hangers for the clothes and dump the bent up wire and mismatched ones. If clothes at the mall were hanging on all sorts of different hangers it would probably bug you, even if it were subconsciously. So, love yourself enough to get a matching set of hangers. I have wooden ones and I love them. It was the best hundred dollars I spent on myself. Yes, it seems frivolous at first, but now I can feel such a difference. My husband even requested I make over his closet after he saw mine!
- Separate your clothes by function: suits, casual tops, jackets, pants, etc. Then separate those categories by color. There are several ways you can line up the colors. One way is to use the creative cycle of the five elements as your basis and go from left to right (e.g. blacks, blues, greens, purples and reds and pinks, oranges and yellows, creams, whites and then grays).
- Use the bagua as guidance to separate your clothes, jewelry and shoes so that they have the strongest effect on your life. Not familiar with the bagua? A bagua is a feng shui road map. It divides your home into nine sections (called guas) that correspond to the nine main areas of your life. For more information on how the bagua works, click here.
Skills and Knowledge, Prosperity and Family
On the left side of your closet, place your jewelry, work clothes, or school clothes. This is where your skills and knowledge, prosperity and family guas are.)
Health, Fame and Reputation and Career
Then place your formal or casual evening or weekend wear including workout clothes in the middle of the closet where the health, fame and reputation and career guas lie.
Creativity, Relationships and Helpful People and Travel
Finally, place your most creative clothes, such as intimate wear and travel clothes (and possibly suitcases) on the right side of your closet to represent the creativity, relationship, and helpful people and travel guas.
Here are some other tips that can help:
- Make sure that all your shoes are pointing in the same direction in your closet if you want to feel more together and don't want to feel like you are going in a thousand directions all the time.
- Add deodorizers if shoes are mixed in with clothes -- a baking soda box can go a long way here.
- Make sure the closet doors are easy to open -- happy tracks for sliders, and happy hinges for regular doors. (This goes for drawers as well. If they're stuck, then usually you are too.)
- Make sure there is enough light to see everything without effort. Extra wattage can make the difference between a pleasant and a frustrating closet experience.
I hope I've helped you see the merits of creating happy and well-feng-shui-thought-out small spaces in your home.