Change your environment to SHIFT your mindset and your life

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Changing your external environment helps you shift your mindset and your life. When you are in a new environment, like when you are traveling , your focus shifts to experiencing and noticing all of the new things around you. While I was in San Diego recently, I was captivated by the ocean, the birds, the seals and even the squirrels. Looking at these things I felt tremendous gratitude and joy. I could not look away. I was so engrossed in the scenery that I could not think of anything else. Being in this environment completely cleared my head.

Here’s the thing…you don’t need to get on a plane or travel to some distant or exotic place (although that’s fun to do) to clear your head. Try one of these ideas for gaining a fresh perspective, clearing your mind and shifting your life:

  • Visit a new place (state park, store, friend’s house)
  • Take a different route to work
  • See a new play or movie
  • Eat at a different restaurant
  • Spend time with a child…they see things as fresh and new
  • Watch animals at the zoo or in nature
  • Drive on a road you’ve never used before
  • Take a different walking path
  • Walk the opposite direction around the lake than usual

Get out of your head by changing your external environment. This leads to appreciation/gratitude and more joy on your life’s path to Finding Your Fiji.

Check out my first video from my San Diego trip here!

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Clear Clutter Once and For All!

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Clear Clutter Once and For All using the KonMari Method of Tidying Up!

Clutter is not Feng Shui’s friend. I’ve written about this topic before in Do You Need a Clutter Buster? and Clearing Clutter in Disguise. There are great and useful tips in those blogs.

So why am I bringing it up again?

  1. Because despite my best efforts, I still have some clutter and I know you do too.

  2. I discovered an amazing decluttering method that actually works and had me clearing bags and bags of clutter from places in my home I didn’t think were cluttered!

  3. Clutter represents stuck energy in Feng Shui. It energetically drains you, lowers your vibration and can cause weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and many other issues.

  4. I want to help you allow the energy to FLOW in your space. And, with the clutter cleared, your Feng Shui adjustments will be much more effective! Essentially, doing this work will create a vacuum attracting everything you want right into your virtual vortex.

Marie Kondo, author of the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has spent a lifetime of trial and error figuring out the most effective method for decluttering your space. She had literally been obsessed with tidying (don’t you just love that word?) since she was a little girl.

How is the KonMari decluttering method different?

  1. Tidying (or decluttering) only needs to be done once. Marie’s clients have never had a relapse which is proof her system works. Having only done the first 2 parts of the system (clothes and books) I can already see how this works and more importantly FEEL the difference in my space.

  2. The KonMari Method shifts the way you look at and experience the things in your home, teaching you how to make decisions with your heart, not your head!

  3. Marie’s method honors your possessions by caring for them and finding a permanent place for everything in you home to “live”

Breakdown of the KonMari Method

A) Tidying involves 2 actions:

1. Discarding
2. Deciding where to store the items you choose to keep

B) Clear clutter by category, not by place. I mentioned this briefly in my Do You Need a Clutter Buster blog. However, Marie’s book breaks this down for you by providing a specific order:

1. Clothes
2. Books
3. Papers
4. Miscellaneous
5. Mementos

C) Discarding
The KonMari Method introduces a twist to this time-worn decluttering tradition. Instead of focusing on what to throw away, you are focusing on decising what to keep.  And here’s the golden nuggest of advice to take from this book and blog, if you don’t read further:

1. Take everything in that category out whereever it may be in the house and put it all in one place to sort.

2. Decide by picking up, touching and holding every single item and feeling what energy this sparks for you. You ONLY keep the item if it “sparks joy!” This means that you don’t think about whether you wore it yesterday or have never worn it, how much it cost, who gave it to you and so on. The only standard you use in deciding whether to keep something is if you LOVE it.

I also like Marie’s method because she thanks the items being discarded for their service. Even if you never used something, it has fulfilled it’s role. It may have brought you joy when you purchased it or when you received it or it may have been useful in some way. Someone else will love this item or if it’s broken, it may be time for it’s retirement.

D) Storage
You’ve heard this before – A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? The way Marie determines where things should go is unique because:

  1. All things of the same category are stored together. Take safey pins, for example. How many of these to you have all over the house? Pulling them all out and putting them in one spot helps you see how much you have (and need) of things. I personally discovered a stash of toilet paper I had totally forgotten about. Needless to say, I won’t need to buy that for a while!
  1. Placing things where you put them away, not where you use them. It takes only a moment to grab something from it’s storage space, yet not knowing where you put something can cost you literally hours of time searching for it.
  1. Marie likens your items not having a home to you not having an address. Your things feel lost and uncared for. They don’t wear as well, look as good and often will break.

Folding
Marie recommends folding clothes so that you are able to see all the edges in the drawer. Folding clothes helps you see stains and tears and shows you care for your clothes so they will last longer.

Fold each piece into a simple smooth rectangle by folding the sides in first, then in 1/2 or 1/3.  Folded clothes when standing on edge should fit the height of the drawer. See Marie’s book or You tube videos for further instructions on how to fold. Fold socks in half and then in thirds with toes inside. Rolling them stretches out the bands.

Arrange clothes in your closet (the ones that seem to like to hang better) so they rise to the right. This means the heavier, longer and darker color clothes will be on the left.

Seasonal suggestion
Marie recommends keeping all of your clothes out (once you clear those you don’t love, you will have room) and simply organizing them by weight.

One of the key Feng Shui principles is that everything is energy. Your possessions, like your home itself, need to be treated with care. Making sure you surround yourself only with things you love and making sure everything has a home shows appreciation, respect and love for your things and results in those things loving you back by lasting longer and looking better.

Want more details, buy Marie’s book here!  It’s a quick read and literally can change your life. #FindingYourFiji #FengShui #Clutter #Organizing #energy #drains

Kim Julen, Shift Master
WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner

Certified Angel Card Reader
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Feeling Stuck? Clean Your House!

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I have a confession. A few weeks ago my house was really dirty. I mean, like you could write your name in the dust on my dresser dirty. And the sand in my back entry hall filled a dust pan! Those of you who live in winter wonderlands know what I’m talking about, right? Somehow the sand they spread on the roads to keep cars from slipping just appears in the house, like magic, except not as much fun.

The dirt was getting to me. I was also feeling stuck, unmotivated and even a bit lethargic. So, I took a day off from working to clean.

I don’t really love cleaning. I know there are people who do love it. I love having a clean house, but scrubbing the floors, dusting, vacuuming and cleaning toilets is not my idea of a great way to spend my day off.

But I did it. And, I enjoyed it. Really, I did!!

Listen here to learn how I found the joy.

Cleaning your home is a great way to shake things up and get back in the flow. Your home, whether it’s an apartment, a condo, a dorm room or a mansion, is meant to support you. The better care you take of your home, the better your home can take care of you!

While I cleaned my home, I felt gratitude for these things:

  • Sand ~ helps us keep traction on the roads
  • Peace Lily ~ fragrant blooming flowers and greenery
  • Kitchen table ~ a place for community
  • Stove ~ cooks my food (tied to wealth & health)
  • Refrigerator ~ keeps everything cold and fresh
  • Toilet ~ indoor plumbing when it’s below zero outside
  • Toilet Brush ~ so I don’t have to stick my hand in the toilet!

Cleaning your home, top to bottom, really well, is a way of thanking your home for supporting you. Cleaning naturally involves moving things around which shifts the energy in your space. It’s like removing the cog in a wheel that’s been stuck which suddenly allows you to get rolling and move forward again!

Kim Julen is the owner of Finding Your Fiji LLC and a Wind & Water School Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and a Certified Angel Card Reader.

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