Are You Actually Stressed, Or Are You Just Cluttered? A Feng Shui Guide

Disorganization is a stealthy problem sometimes. It can stay quietly hidden in your life until it becomes a crisis.

If you stuff enough stuff that you don't want to deal with into a closet, it will be hidden for a long time. It appears to be no problem at all. But the day you urgently need to get something out of that closet is the day you'll be sitting in piles of junk, maybe in tears, wondering why everything is so difficult and why you're so stressed.

In feng shui philosophy, energy needs to flow freely through space and all of life. Health is created by smooth circulation, and problems arise from stagnation and confusion.

When you're disorganized, energy flies in a zillion directions. There's no smooth flow; energy isn't replenished, and little is accomplished.

Disorganization can weaken your focus, scatter your mind, fuel anxiety, jumble your communication and otherwise leave you feeling stressed for reasons that can be hard to pinpoint.

Start an exercise program without an organized sense of when you can exercise and this program isn't set up to succeed. Entering a serious relationship may suddenly make you aware of how you haven't organized your time well, as you struggle to keep up with love and life. Expanding a business can make you feel like you're collapsing under the weight of chaotic accounting. Even writing a novel or screenplay without structure can hold great ideas hostage to chaos.

What would happen if you focused your energy and eliminated all the drama of disorganization?

Here are five big feng shui-ed ideas to help you start the move toward effortless simplicity and a dynamically focused life:

1. Put things on paper!

If you're very bad with organizing time, a day-planner or a journal, as old-fashioned as they may seem, can help. Try writing in cursive, as this handwriting stimulates many areas of the brain at once (unlike typing) and it contributes to cognitive development and optimal mind function.

2. Streamline your communication.

The fastest way I've created bad feelings in my life: having Facebook chats with friends that I forget about as the phone rings in the middle of a workday, missed text messages, emails that get buried in my inbox.

Pick one or two ways to communicate and stick to them. This can create tons of clarity where there's been confusion.

3. Hire an expert, get training or, research the organizational skills you need for financial organization.

I once attended a big financial seminar where the topic was “money as energy.” Whether or not you believe this premise, it was interesting that those in the deepest financial trouble were those who had the most chaotic financial structures, rather than those who made the least amounts of money. Monthly accounting is for your financial well-being what a juice cleanse is for your body.

4. Set a schedule for eating and sleeping.

Speaking of your body, sleeping and eating with a bit of a schedule, albeit one that works for you, can help establish a great rhythm in your life. I once asked a revered Buddhist priest for some lifestyle secrets to enlightenment. While he was puzzled at first (!), he then realized what I was asking and told me to eat at the same times every day and sleep at the same time, to work with focus and enjoy life in free time.

How simple and organized is this philosophy?!

Also, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it's best to get to bed before midnight whenever possible. Each hour of the night corresponds with times that various organs are thought to rejuvenate, and the earlier you get to bed the more you allow for maximum rejuvenation.

5. Don't multitask.

When you clear your home and daily routines of confusion, your mind will tend to follow. The more organized you become, the more you'll understand your own creative process, work flow and most engaging life patterns. You can eliminate the extra steps, immerse yourself more in your passions and refine your creative products as you expand with all this clear space around you.

Organization is feng shui for your whole universe. Clear space, direct your talents toward your dreams and move those mountains!

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