WOW! This is the cleanest bookshelf I have ever seen! Is this too neat? Anal even? Since Gray Gardens (which I missed since we didn’t have that channel- doh!) there has been a lot of talk about hoarders on the internet. Apt Therapy did a post on it and had a whole series of blogs about clearing spaces out. I have copied part of their article below. I have the book they mention (Clearing Your Clutter with Feng Shui) and highly recommend it. I think there are definitely extremes to anything and one can be too organized for their own good (think Monk). We all have to find a balance we feel comfortable with. For me, there are some days I just don’t feel like cleaning. It will be there tomorrow. I’m not going to knock myself out over a clean house or stress about dishes in the sink. I do know that for me personally though, a lot of clutter creates an uneasiness in me. I really do believe there is something to feng shui. Combining natural elements of earth, metal, fire, wind and water creates an innate harmony in us, I think. I think we are naturally drawn to rooms and spaces with a combination of the elements, are organized and have a good flow. Feng Shui (pronounced FUNG SHWAY) is over 3500 year old old and originated in China using astrology before the invention of the compass. I think people were more in-tune with different “forces” of nature and subtle changes that we ignore today. Of course, there are people who take feng shui too far as well and turn it into a superstition or think it is “magic.” I like certain elements of it. I found my balance. Have you? FeeFee
From Apt Therapy:
“Here are the main offenders when it comes to hanging on to things:
• No Clear Vision: We don’t have a clear vision of what our homes and lives could look like without all this stuff everywhere. Without that vision we just want to hang onto things. Look at Benita’s organized shelves. How good would you feel it that’s what you were able to come home to?
• Just in case we might need it later. This keeps us tiesd to the past and doesn’t leave room for the new. Take note of what you actually use now. Those things should stay, the rest should get a closer look.
• Identity: Often we hang onto things that remind us of who we were or who we wish we were. Obviously it’s not our goal to throw everything out, but to be thoughtful about what we’re keeping. A friend of ours is currently going through old journals and is open to letting go of as many as she can. We’re inspired by her willingness to let these things go in favor of making room for what’s to come. She’ll be the same person whether she hangs on to the journals or not. But she’ll have more space if she lets them go.
• Status: Are you living the way you want to or the way you think you ought too? Is one eye out on how everyone else is doing it? We at apartment therapy have been trumpeting that Small is Cool, but it’s certainly not the main stream opinion. Are you happy with your stuff, or has it become a burden?
• Safety: Especially in times of financial stress (or emotional stress) we want to nest and make ourselves comfortable. That might mean bringing more stuff home, picking up that chair we found on the alley that we could totally refinish (except that it will take us months to get to it) and generally building clutter back up so that we feel that we have ‘enough’. But remember having less can often mean having more.
• We’ve inherited the habit and the stuff: Maybe you’re never lived clutter free, or maybe you just inherited a bunch of stuff that you can’t find the time to wade through. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and remember that babysteps do add up to a huge change. Start with your biggest clutter spot and make some progress, you’ll be shocked at how much better you feel.
For more on the subject, we highly recommend checking out other resources like the book Clearing Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It changed our lives and got passed around to all our friends a couple of years ago.”
and here are a few sites of interest:
lovely, inviting bedroom from here: http://www.trendir.com/archives/000401.html
entry before feng shui
entry after feng shui
this photo from here: http://www.spacetransform.com/pblog/index.php?entry=entry070129-100654
By the way, feng shui isn’t about expensive design elements. It is working with what you already have.
Have fun! FeeFee