Keeping The Clutter Away
By Christan Hummel

Adapted from the “Do It Yourself Space Clearing Kit,” by Christan Hummel (One Source Publications, 2006) A limited-time special offer for this book is now available at:

So you have purchased the under-the-counter organizer, the special stacking shelves, the organizing bins, tiered hanging racks, and all that Home Depot has to offer to organize your home, but the clutter pile keeps returning!
While professional organizers and “clutter busters” are the rage these days, even with Oprah and Donald Trump singing the praises of these clutter gurus, few of us realize how to keep that clutter from reappearing once we have moved it out. Do we ever really ask the question, “Why does the clutter keep coming back?!” 

As if having a life of its own, we all know the uphill battle most of us fight trying to keep our homes looking like that photo on the magazine covers. We have the closet organizers, the desk files organizers, the special toy dressers that double as an ottoman, and all the fun goodies our professional organizer has recommended, and yet, IT KEEPS COMING BACK into our lives! Why?

Obviously much of our clutter is in fact related to a lack of the proper organizing of our space, and if that is ALL that is involved, then you simply need to find one of those magical interior alchemists to help out. However, if you find that your clutter keeps reappearing, then you may need to look at the underlying causes of its reappearance, and this will require you to shift the underlying energetic matrix of your home, the energy field that is stuck, stagnant, or somehow blocked, all of which is attracting the clutter to accumulate in the first place.

In Feng Shui, this concept is referred to as “Space Clearing.”  It is based upon the assumption that our homes reflect the vibrational imprints of the past — either ancient past, or more immediate. In this case, the battles, and history of the land is reflected and imprinted upon our home environment and may well be contributing to the cause of your clutter.

If you consider the ever-popular concept of “Ch’I” in a home — that infamous current lured into our homes by a well-placed mirror or brightly-colored wind chimes, it is analogous to the life flow of energy in a property. Having sufficient flow of this Ch’I brings prosperity, health and good relationships. A blocked flow of this Universal life energy produces chaos and blocks communications, money, relationships and the whole bevy of problems that lead most of us to call in a Feng Shui consultant in the first place.

However, we do not need to rearrange our whole house to avail ourselves of the magical benefits of a space-clearing. With just a few simple space clearing tips, even a novice can begin to clear their environment of vibrational imprints of the past — to sweep out the old and make way for the new, and isn’t that why we are de-cluttering our homes in the first place?!

Six Simple Space-Clearing Tips to Keep Your Clutter Away
1. Clutter Concentration: To our subconscious mind, clutter triggers images of stagnation, stuck energy and places where Life doesn’t move. It usually represents the things we resist and places where we don’t want to give our attention. Simply put: clean out the clutter. Piles of laundry, papers, boxes, mail... whatever it is, when we see clutter, our mind equates it with chaos and dead energy.

So make a point to dive into your clutter like a heat-seeking missile. Go straight for it, you know where it lives!  Put it away, find a home for it — address it! By putting your attention and focused awareness into a place where clutter has collected, you are reclaiming places in your environment where you have vacated your consciousness!

Do it with some enthusiasm, with the knowledge that you are putting your Presence back into this space and that it is YOURS to reclaim. Once you move that dead energy in your home, you will be surprised at how it moves in your life!

2. Corners: These are places where the Life energy or Ch’i of our environment comes to a stop like traffic at a four-way stop sign. Take a moment to tune your consciousness into that part of your environment to discover the plants, artwork, or objects which will move the energy of your corners.

The flowing water of a fountain, the flow of air represented by wind chimes, or even the life-sustaining energy of a plant can be enough to keep the energy moving and flowing instead of stagnating in your corners. Allow your intuition to guide you towards solutions that redirect the dead energies of a corner into more harmonious, peaceful and joyful spaces.

3. Closets: They are the bowels of our homes and offices, the storage bins for old, dead energy. If you don’t use it, loose it! Keep your closets clean, neat, and free of unwanted, old, unused items. Don’t allow your closets to become black holes, or they will reflect that energy.

Once you have cleared out those closets, offer a simple ceremony with smudging of sage or incense to clear old lingering vibrations that were there as well. This keeps those closets from reacquiring their old residents again. Some people prefer to use lemon grass, or an essential oil mixture of peppermint and lemon to freshen up the vibes.

4. Ceremony: Ceremony is a time when we honor life, the seasons, and those aspects of living beyond the physical. It brings us in touch with the worlds beyond our everyday, and reminds us of a vastness of Life beyond our immediate attention. When we make time for ceremony in our life and homes, we open a doorway into another dimension beyond this one allowing fresh new ideas, inspiration and energies to flow into our homes.

By ceremonially burning a candle each night we reinforce in our subconscious mind a symbol of letting go of the problems and worries of the day as we offer them to the candle’s fire. It is a simple ceremony and one that keeps the energies of your home clean and clear of the burdens of the day. It is also a great way to let go of the past — an ending of a business, a relationship, an old job — all energetically “released” through simple ceremonies so their energetic baggage doesn’t follow us into our future.

Rather than following recipes about which ceremony is “right” for your space, feel the unique connection you have with your space, and allow yourself to follow the ceremony you are guided to use. Look for a ceremonial act that seems to match your energies and the intentions you wish to inaugurate into your space. Whatever the ceremony, when you do it with intention and awareness, that ceremony heralds in the energies of your intention in a much more profound manner than when we simply and perfunctorily perform the same act.

5. Consciousness: The power of this cannot be overstated in my opinion. Find the places in your home or office where you have vacated your consciousness — those closets, corners, and dead zones you pretend are not there, or wish weren’t. That room where the kids used to live, or the pile of paper in the office that calls out for help, but we ignore. Put your consciousness into that space, with intention, and even ceremony, and notice the MAGIC that happens when you do! Energy flows where attention goes!

6. Cycles: There is a rhythm to Life, a time for growth, and a time for death. Cycles are important to observe: moon cycles are often used for planting, cutting hair, beginning new projects. Similarly, observing the sun’s cycles of day and night, being more active during the daylight hours, and winding down in the evening when there is less energy available. As well there are the larger seasonal cycles, solstices, and equinoxes. When we align consciously with these cycles of nature — the rhythm of Life — we find more harmony and balance in our lives.

When we follow these cycles, we harness the Life energy of the planet and begin to dance to the same beat of Life. So by paying attention to the cycles of Life, we begin to work with them to receive the gift of their energy.

Now is a perfect time to let go of the past and release old habits and holds we have on our “stuff,” allowing a new energy to flow in its place.

With some small investment on our part, we can dramatically change the energies of our environment, making our homes a sanctuary to reflect our highest intentions and dreams.

Christan Hummel is the author of the internationally-acclaimed “Do-It-Yourself Space Clearing Kit.”  She travels internationally lecturing and training people how to access nature in a co-creative spirit to clear their home environments and communities).
© Christan Hummel, 2006. All rights reserved.

Return to the January/February Index page