Hello San Francisco! I’m here this month to find us an apartment while Awesome Hubby finishes packing up our house.
House hunting this time around is quite different compared to the last time we looked for a place. Since we’ll be living in the city, our must-haves have gotten considerably shorter. They now include a minimum of two bedrooms (one to be used as an office since I work from home) and a garage (for Awesome Hubby to store his beloved car and numerous bikes).
But whether we’re renting an apartment or purchasing a home, the process of evaluating a property is still the same.
A while back, I wrote about baggage claim areas in our home: spaces where we permanently store our old emotional baggage. We can recognize a baggage claim area by the clutter that always seems to linger. And if we look deeper, it usually correlates to an area in our life where we are holding onto an old hurt.
For me, my baggage claim was my stairway, located in the Family and Friends area of the bagua. When I’d recognized it as a baggage claim, I knew exactly what it was referring to: my non-existent relationship with my mom.
Throughout the Clutter-Clearing Challenge, we’ve seen the different ways that clutter can show up in our lives. For example, clutter can appear:
- as things that we no longer need, use or want
- as things that no longer represent who we are, or
- as things that don’t support who we want to become
When we get rid of clutter, we recognize and let go of the things that don’t serve us. As a result, it opens up space to the things that do support us.
In last week’s post, I shared how gadgets and electronics could be considered clutter if they unintentionally waste away our time. In this last post on clutter (for now), let’s talk more about the non-material things that can clutter up our lives.
If we keep in mind our definition of clutter as anything that doesn’t serve us, then thoughts, feelings and behaviors could also be considered clutter.
With our cross-country move coming up in a couple of months, we decided to cancel our cable service early to avoid being distracted from our long list of moving tasks. It’s amazing how much we got done in these few short days without television!
That leads me to the focus of this week’s challenge: gadgets and electronics.
So far during our Clutter-Clearing Challenge, we’ve looked through our books and our living room for items that no longer serve us or represent who we are. This week, we’re tackling the dreaded closets, which include not just our clothes, but also shoes, hats, purses, coats and other accessories.
I’m pretty unattached when it comes to getting rid of clothes that I no longer wear or like. But shoes are a different story. I tend to hold on to them for dear life, even broken ones.
A new year feels like a clean slate, a fresh start and new opportunities. In order to make room for the new, though, we have to clear out the old (or at least question the old), which is why I’m concentrating on clutter clearing this entire month.
In a previous post, I explained that clutter not only refers to items that are out of place, but it also includes items that are extraneous, or that no longer represent who you are. (Here’s a refresher on why clutter is bad Feng Shui)
This week, let’s evaluate your living room specifically for items that no longer serve you.
As the Bagua shows, Feng Shui focuses on eight* main areas of your life, one of which is Children and Creativity. From the words alone, you might not think that it applies to you, especially if kids aren’t on your mind or if you don’t consider yourself an artist.
While this area does refer to fertility and creative endeavors, Children and Creativity applies to all of us because the underlying concept is joy - doing something that makes you incredibly happy, something that lights up your inner child.