By Kathryn Weber

In today’s shopaholic society, we have tendency to hang on to too much stuff. Our homes and offices are jammed with equipment, clothing, papers, and all those bargains we haul home from the mall. The problem, though, everyone says, is the clutter.

Actually, the real problem is not the stuff, it’s the lack of space. When we don’t have space, there’s nowhere to grow and no room for anything new. Instead, we experience more stuffing and filling versus positive, beneficial growth.

It’s important to make sure you have enough room for growth, too. Too often no one plans for growth and expansion and then have to worry about where to grow and where to go. Instead, what happens is a too-small space gets rearranged and more crammed with junk over time. So, if you’re looking at office or living space, make sure there is room for you to grow.

Another example of growing is one of moving on and changing. I’ve recently lost some weight and many of my clothes no longer fit. As I stood in the closet looking at my old clothes, my thought was that I wanted a closet full of beautiful new clothes that fit my new size. That’s when it occurred to me that I couldn’t have what I wanted until I got rid of what I didn’t want.

So, I took a hard look at all my old, now-baggy clothes and began pulling them out to throw away or give to charity. My closet now had space — space to grow and get what I wanted instead of being filled to capacity with what I didn’t want.

Soon after, I stumbled on a huge sale at a pricey boutique with bargain basement prices on some fabulous clothes. I bought almost $1000 worth of great clothes that had been slashed to $9.99 and $14.99 and $19.99. So, at those prices, I was able to fill my closet with gorgeous clothes — and matching accessories. I was in heaven.

Now, I go in my closet and can’t wait to get dressed, knowing I have so much to choose from. So, now, let’s put these ideas to work for you.

1. Want more business opportunities?
Clear off the front of your desk. Keep the area in front of your desk open and clear. Are you committing a feng shui sin and facing the wall at your desk? Turn it around and put your desk in an executive position so that you are not facing an obstacle or block. A wall in front of you stunts your growth.

2. Do you want more wealth?
Clear out the mess and clutter by the front door. Sweep the sidewalks and clear out the southeast corner of your living room and the garden too. Keep your wallet orderly. Be respectful of your money and don’t just wad it up and ram it in your purse or wallet. In fact, why don’t you just buy a new wallet? It’s a good habit for every New Year. My wealthy great aunt always had a red wallet. Hmmm…. maybe she was on to something.

3. Is there something you don’t want, like bills, for instance?
Keep your bills in one SMALL place. We have a very small basket for incoming bills to be paid. That’s because I want to keep the bills small. Limit the number of credit cards you use to just a few key ones. More credit cards means more bills in the mail. I only keep three — a department store, a general purpose, and one just for gas.

4. Do you feel pressured and stressed?
Clear our your closets and drawers and be ruthless. Those hidden messes create pressure and stress. Get rid of “obligation” articles and furniture.

Stuff you feel guilty about getting rid of creates an environment of guilt — who can grow in that? And watch those “collectibles.” Really, do you need 242 ceramic clowns?

5. Looking for love?
Stop hogging the bed and sleep on the correct side (women on the right, men on the left as you are in the bed). Clear out a space in the closet for your new love and have two nightstand tables and matching lamps in anticipation.

Create some open space for what you want to happen in your life and cram the space for what you don’t want (like that small bill basket I mentioned earlier). You might be surprised at what a vacuum can attract for you when you have the room — and space — to grow.

To your new space, and all the wonderful things that will come to you, Sincerely, Kathryn

From the Editors: Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Feng Shui E-zine – and it’s just got GREAT, FREE information and advice – her site has more articles, too, and a totally Free E-book “Easy Money – 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui.” Just click here to visit Kathryn at: the websiteand get your free book and E-zine – we’ve used her stuff at our homes, and it’s really interesting and easy to learn and do – it’s a fast and fun way to use feng shui to make your life more prosperous and abundant.


  1. sonica on November 13, 2008 at 6:16 am

    This is splendid and a very useful article for people like me. My spouse and kid do not believe in throwing unused items from the house and it has taken a toll in the sense that my house has all the cupboards and storage space full of unwanted papers, books and toys. I wish they would bear to throw away or donate some of the items to someone who can use them. I am going to show this wonderful article to them to try and motivate them to dispose some of the unused things. Thanks for such lovely and useful tips.

  2. Mandie on November 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I really enjoyed the article. I am a chronic pack rat and I keep everything. I never thought that it might be contributing to my stress or depression I struggle with. I also loved that you used feng shui – very cool!

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