With Thanksgiving just a memory it’s now time to clean the house so you can begin to decorate for Christmas. Every year at this time I have clients ask me if decorations are really clutter and can they “get in the way” of good chi? My answer is always the same. Yes and no. Way to clarify, right? Here’s how I arrived at that conclusion.
It has always been my experience that before we even take the decorations out of the closet the house gets a very thorough cleaning. In Feng Shui terms this is never a bad thing. It seems that even though cleaning isn’t my favorite thing to do, it does shift the mood in the house and that in itself will uplift the chi.
Ok, so the house is clean and the decorations are out of the closet. You start unpacking the boxes and everything just goes in the same spot it was placed in for the last 10 years. Good or bad? Well, both actually. If you like how it looks then, go ahead and keep it the same. That being said, if you are just decorating on automatic pilot then that might be a problem. If you are displaying something just because you always have and you don’t really like the item then you shouldn’t put it out. In fact if you really don’t like something you may want to get rid of it. One of the first rules of Feng Shui is to surround yourself with things you find beautiful. If you don’t like it or it doesn’t work as intended, get rid of it. Now of course there are the sentimental things and it goes without saying that everyone needs a few of those. But if you don’t like them and keep it only because it’s was your grandmothers then you may want to consider either passing it along to someone else or just leaving it in the box in the attic until one of your kids shows an interest. Don’t spend time worrying about this however because a sentimental item neatly packed in a box in the attic is not considered clutter.
Once I go through this with my clients then I am usually also asked if holiday decorating can be overdone. Absolutely! However if you take them down right after the New Year then I don’t feel as though any damage can be done that quickly. The entire Holiday season is generally very busy and with people running on high energy that usually means tons of good chi coming your way.