I’ve been kind of a hermit lately, staying in my “cave” where it’s warm – getting over a cold, finding projects to work on inside that don’t require alot of ventilation.
Normally, I like to keep my Christmas tree up for another week after the holidays are over because I enjoy the twinkle lights.
But, when I noticed that the corner where the tree was, had been dark, because I wasn’t moved to turn the lights on, I knew it was a sign that the tree had served us long enough.
Once I removed it, the space became more open. Even after I cleaned the floor, there was a subtle burst of lightness, of renewed energy in the room.
Any room can become stagnant and have a low energy vibe. It happens to all of them.
A sure sign of a stagnant room, is seen even in the tidiest of spaces.
An area where nothing has “moved” in over a month.
a pile of books
a dusty tchotcke
that project that you haven’t returned to
a dirty floor
and argument that lingers……
All of these things, just to name a few, will suck the Life Force out of the people who live there.
That’s when it’s time to Wake-Up-The-Chi!
I bet you’re thinking the obvious one is clutter, and why don’t I just clean the room!
Well, you know that, and I know that, but sometimes the clutter returns to the same wall, or more dust bunnies, and cobwebs creep back in, like the next day, or arguments keep happening in that same spot! or the dog……
You get the idea.
For me, it’s my bookcases.
Ever since I read the “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Condo, and went on a wild frenzy that lasted a week – I emptied my closet, cleared the area under the staircase, redecorated my bedroom,dining room, tidied up the kitchen.
I kept saying ” The Bookcase is my next project to tackle”, and it still remains undone.
So, now I will share my secret for getting those stubborn areas to wake up and get moving.
You may feel the urge to laugh when I tell you this, but please……
After you finish laughing, just go and DO IT!
Step 1 ~ First pick the area that has been the most stubborn area. Maybe it’s an entire room! That’s okay, we can deal with that.
Step 2 ~ Second, choose a time when no one else is home. This is mainly so you won’t feel silly and you can focus on what you are doing.
Step 3 ~ Go to the area of your concern and clap loudly over it. As you clap, tell the area that it is time for this clutter to leave. Command it to “Be Gone!”
If it is a whole room, you can clap out all of the corners, or piles of rubbish, but go around the whole room, clapping and commanding. Doesn’t that feel Great?
Once you’ve completed step 3, I don’t suggest you start cleaning right away, unless you feel compelled to.
I say, go take a shower, go for a walk, and drink a glass of water. In other words, just….. Let It Go……..
And then watch what happens.
This has always worked for me in amazing ways.
Please let me know how it goes for you.
10 Ways to wake up the Chi ( Life Force) in a room…..
- Clap out the room
- command the clutter and unwanted out of the room.
- burn sage or incense and waft it into the corners and over the furniture.
- Light candles, spritz fragrance
- Play music and dance
- Vacuum and Dust
- Remove broken items, dead plants, anything with a negative vibe.
- Open windows and let fresh air in
- Have a conversation with the room – Ask it what it wants. Be sure to write the answer down.
- Bring in some color by adding new pillows, a slip cover, or painting, and area rug, paint and accent wall.
- Bonus: Write a letter to your room, and immediately write down the answer that comes. Here is what mine said: 1/15/16 me: Dear room, What can I do to make you a happier place to be in? Answer: Well first, you can skirt the ottomon( this one I still need to do, it means make a slipcover for the ottomon), clean up your act- your desk and projects areas are out of control( I have since cleaned my desk area), move stuff out that no longer serves you( take those bags to Goodwill) Check!, clear off Dining room table so family can share a meal( I organized my craft projects into storage that is easy to take out and put away) , Play music Check!, burn candles Check!, pray Check!
- Bonus 2: And always, always, always say Thank you to the room!