9 Reasons to Feng Shui Your Clutter

I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to get started on dealing with all that clutter!  When do you have the time? But what if you learned your clutter was not just preventing you from seeing your countertops, but it can also be preventing you from achieving your goals? Would that motivate you?

I have shared with you before, one simple tool called the Ba-gua.  This tool used in Feng Shui can help you see how your clutter is actually impacting your life. It is a 9 section map you place over your floor plan to determine what areas in your home correlate with the areas of the Ba-gua.

Click  on image below to download Ba-gua

or click below to  watch a brief video on how to place the floor plan on your space.

To make it easy, take out a blank piece of paper and make a rough drawing of your floor plan. Just the first floor is fine, don’t worry about it being perfect. Once you’ve drawn your floor plan, refer to the Ba-gua and draw the nine squares over your floor starting at your front door(if you have a complicated floor plan just make the nine boxes over your drawing so you can get an idea of which areas are represented in the Ba-gua).  Another way to determine areas of struggle, is to place the Ba-gua over one room, your office or even your desk.

Let me give you an understanding of the 9 areas of the Ba-gua:

Box #1: Career – If you have clutter in this area it could mean a struggle to find a career you love, or finding a job, your life purpose and/or advancing in your career.

Box #2:  Relationships – Your clutter here may represent problems in your current relationship. You may feel stuck, have lost the spark or are fighting a lot. If you are single you may have trouble finding your true love or feel stuck in your past relationships.

Box #3: New Beginnings/Family – If you have clutter here you may be having issues with family or authority figures as well as trouble starting new things.

Box #4: Wealth – Clutter in this area can block your cash flow, prevent you from getting a raise or receiving unexpected income.

Box #5: Health –  Your clutter here can mean health problems, or issues with maintaining your proper weight.

Box #6: Helpful People/ Travel – Clutter in this area may mean you lack support and feel like you are doing it all by yourself.  It may also prevent you from traveling or making a move.

Box #7: Creativity/Children – Finding clutter in this area could block your creativity to write, paint, design, sew, or pursue any creative projects for pleasure or work. This could also prevent you from getting pregnant or if you have children, represent a struggle with children respecting you.

Box #8: Self Knowledge/ Wisdom – Clutter in this area may create blocks in self-improvement, decision making or learning.

Box #9: Fame/Recognition – Clutter in this area may block you from promotions, winning an award or contest, or being appreciated for your work. You may also feel like your life is boring and are finding it hard to have fun in your life.

So now you know how to map out the Ba-gua over your space.  Are you seeing any connections to your clutter and current goals? 

Once my clients see the connection to their clutter they finally have the “aha” moment, “wow, I see now how I am blocking myself!”

One of my clients had an over-sized desk and a large file cabinet in her bedroom. Every morning she would open her eyes to the clutter on this furniture. I asked her how she felt, her response – “tired and overwhelmed.” Plus, she was struggling in her relationship finding it dull and boring. Boom, she had the “aha” and the next day she cleared the clutter, rearranged her bedroom and emailed me a week later to share how removing the desk and file cabinet from her bedroom helped her discover a new career and her husband loved the bedroom changes and sparked the passion back in their life!

What do you need to de-clutter or rearrange to make a difference in your life? Leave a comment below if this exercise helped you get motivated to clear your clutter. If you are struggling with learning how to use the Ba-gua or feel overwhelmed with your clutter consider a basic Feng Shui consultation by clicking here.

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One Thing You Must Do Before Organizing Your Stuff

There’s one mistake I see people make over and over when it comes to de-cluttering and organizing. First, they are inspired by a magazine article or from seeing an organizational tip online or TV.  Then, They get so excited that they run out to the Container Store or Bed Bath and Beyond to buy their new organizing tools!

 

But this is a big mistake! Buying an organizing system before you’ve gone through your stuff and decided what you are keeping and what you are tossing is a huge waste of time and money!

 

Several years ago, when I quit my corporate job and was finishing my Feng Shui certification, I got a part-time job at the Container Store in Westchester, NY. It was such a cool store and the perfect atmosphere for me to learn all about organizing. I learned so much from my time at this store and one of the main things I learned is how people shop, what they buy, and the mistakes they make with getting organized.  Quickly I was able to spot who was going to be successful with their organizational project and who was not.

 

The Container Store is a fun place and you could go crazy in there, but spending a lot of money doesn’t guarantee you will solve your organizing problems  Containers and shelving units aren’t cheap!  Average sales were $150 on plastic!!

 

I’ll give you an example of the most common pattern. At the end of the school year, moms would come looking for solutions for their kids artwork and projects from the school year. They need large boxes to hold all this stuff. This solution could cost them $50, but most of the time they would spend $150 plus on storage solutions just for their kids school projects, Money that could go to summer fun!

 

Let me go deeper here. I understand the guilt, you want to keep everything your child made  - it’s their talent, gifts and memories. But what I would ask moms was to consider that keeping all these items in boxes until the child graduates college and moves into their first apartment (if you’re lucky)  - a small apartment that doesn’t have room for their stuff.  So, it remains your stuff to take care of and cart with you wherever you move.

 

But consider this, once you put in the box and store it away who is going to look at it? No one, its in a box! So, what purpose is it serving?

 

What’s the solution then? Go through all the items and select just the important things to keep,  the items you know have special meaning to your child and/or to you. But instead of just throwing it in the box consider other options like displaying artwork in their room or in a playroom giving them the sense that their work is important to the whole family. By keeping and storing only things you love saves you money, space and time. Plus, it eliminates the stress of feeling like you have too much stuff (even if it is stuffed in a box!).

 

This applies to everyone and whatever clutter you need to organize. First, you determine what you love and why you are keeping it and what doesn’t serve a purpose and can be thrown or given away.  Once you’ve created the pile of what you are going to keep then you can head to the Container Store and ask for organizing solutions based on your need and size of your storage.

You will save yourself time, money, gas and stress!

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to managing your clutter? Leave a comment below.  I read and answer all your comments.

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Premiere of Glamour + Metal Documentary

 

For the last couple of years I had a secret desire to create a documentary. It wasn’t something I talked about or shared with anyone. It was something I had planned for the future, but that all changed last summer.

You see three years ago, I joined a coaching program called Elevate and in that program I met two amazing women, Crista Grasso and Angel Quintana. First, I met Angel and we really connected and began to mastermind on a weekly basis, we spent each week supporting each other on building our businesses. At the same time, I was teaming up with Crista to work on our live events. Soon, we all began working together and quickly began a journey of fun, creativity, support and growth as we shared our passion as entrepreneurs.

After months of brainstorming we decided to do something really fun and different. We decided to create a documentary on personal branding. My secret desire was slowly becoming a reality! We purposed to put together a show highlighting our own process of creating our own personal brands. Together we played off our shared qualities of fun, style and passion. It all culminated in our new documentary Glamour+Metal.

What is Personal Branding?

Personal branding is just the beginning to YOUR success! It is how you present yourself to the world, its your reputation, your personal style,how you choose to show up every day and how you attract abundance into your life.

What does Glamour+Metal mean?

A Glamour+Metal girl is a think-for-yourself kind of woman who thinks copycatting is so last season. She embraces her rebellious nature in her personal style and in business. With her quick wit and go-getter attitude, this over-achiever is a trendsetter at heart. The Glamour+Metal girl is ready to show the world exactly who she is no matter what it takes to embrace her individuality.

I’m so excited to share this dream turned reality with you! Today we officially launch our documentary – Glamour + Metal! So, Mix up your favorite cocktail, and get ready to take a ride with the Glamour + Metal gals – Angel Quintana, Crista Grasso and me, Christine Bové as we explore personal branding in Glamour + Metal – The NYC Story!

I hope you enjoy it and be sure to leave a comment about how you express your own personal brand.

More about the people behind Glamour+Metal:

Crista Grasso is the Founder and CEO of Go Nearly Naked™, a luxury boudoir jewelry™ brand for adventurous uninhibited women, and the men who can’t live without them.  From simply sexy to daringly dramatic, her original handmade-in-the-USA jewelry line is designed to help a woman showcase her individuality and feel beautiful, sensual, and completely irresistible as soon as she slips it on. Crista is also the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Nearly Naked Magazine, a digital fashion and lifestyle publication for women who are ready to live life on their own terms and do it in style. Learn more & shop the boudoir jewelry™ collection at http://gonearlynaked.com.

Angel Quintana is the Founder/CEO of Holistic Fashionista™, home of the business trendsetter lifestyle magazine and The Willow House of Design. She works with rebels, tastemakers, and visionaries who are ready to ditch the copycat syndrome, play by their own rules, and curate a sustainable, and profitable brand. The former fashion designer, holistic health practitioner, + branding guru discovered how to uniquely blend all her talents into one impeccable brand, which she later crafted into an innovative coaching program called Signature System. Today Angel shows business pioneers how to curate a cool brand using what they already have in their personal toolbox. Learn more at www.HolisticFashionista.com.

Christine Bove is a Lifestyle Makeover Artist and Feng Shui Expert who inspires women to allow creative energies to flow into their environments and mindsets to improve their confidence, bring clarity to their future and set them up for success. Christine is a frequent guest on various national and international radio and internet programs. Christine is a contributing writer for Nearly Naked Magazine and a co-author of the book, Balance for Busy Moms. To learn more about Christine and her lifestyle makeover programs, visit www.christinebove.com.

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