Before and after 2

As you may remember my previous post on how bedrooms should evoke the feelings of serenity and sensuality, in this post, I’ll share the different elements I used to turn our sterile and uninspiring bedroom to a warm and inviting sanctuary.

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Music noteEach morning, as part of my daily routine, I blast and sing along to my theme song Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel. I first learned of the theme song concept while watching the show Ally McBeal, when Ally was told by her therapist to choose a song to play in her head that made her feel good.

While I appreciate that songs can express the full spectrum of emotions, I love songs that are uplifting and empowering, especially in the mornings. In fact, I created the list below of feel-good songs because I was so tired of being dictated by the songs played on the radio, which often had depressing or self-deprecating lyrics.

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Apartment for rent croppedHello 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.

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DSC07052-001Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had issues with not only falling asleep, but also staying asleep through the night. Even now, I am still so sensitive to light and noise that I have to wear an eye mask and ear plugs to fall asleep.

Because of my light sensitivity, when it came to picking out curtains for our bedroom, I thought dark curtains were my only option to keep the light out from the outside. I was pretty bummed that I wouldn’t be able to create the bright and airy bedroom I was dreaming of.

But then, I found out about these wonderful things called blackout curtains – curtains with a thick liner that blocks out light and noise. Perfect!

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Let go-001A 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.

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Before and after 3

The bedroom is my favorite place to guide a client through a Feng Shui transformation. Even though we spend a third of our lives in the bedroom, it is usually the last room to be decorated in the home. Since most people don’t give it much thought, when they actually do, they begin to realize their dissatisfaction, which usually leads to a huge transformation.

This was true for my latest client.

Her living room was gorgeous - beautifully painted and furnished like a model home. It was warm, inviting and thoughtfully decorated with meaningful mementos and pictures from her travels. It was clearly a space where she loved to spend her time.

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I often joke that my ideal dog is one that doesn’t bark, shed, slobber or jump all over me. Basically, I just want a stuffed animal. What can I say, I like low maintenance. We have one fish in our aquafarm system (a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food) and that’s about as much of a pet as I can handle right now.

I take the same approach with my plants. I need ones that don’t need to be watered too often. And since I don’t like the look and feel of fake plants, I’ve avoided plants altogether… until recently.

Maybe you’re like me and also prefer to have things that are low maintenance. Or maybe you fear you have a black thumb rather than a green one. Whatever the reason, if you don’t have any houseplants, you’re missing out on a simple way to transform a space.

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Throughout the Clutter-Clearing Challenge, we’ve seen the different ways that clutter can show up in our lives. For example, clutter can appear:

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.

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Photo by carucha76

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.

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Photo by design swan

Photo by design swan

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.

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