Thursday, May 22, 2014

Feeling all Feng Shui

I'd just like to say that I'm at peace with being a cleaning addict. I like my house to be clean. I like my house to be tidy. I like my house to be clutter-free, and I'm not ashamed anymore that I'll spend an entire afternoon joyfully cleaning out my closet, organizing papers, or vacuuming my carpets. 
For a long time I felt bad about it--like I should be doing something better with my time. I'd think about my other friends who let their houses go completely to the dogs, and wonder if they are happier? Less stressed? It's awful to compare, especially because I could care less, what their houses look like!
 So then I guilt myself into leaving the clean laundry on the floor for 5 days in a row, just to prove that I can, but I don't feel any happier. I just find different things to clean.
 I've even put labels on myself before, like "Obsessive Compulsive" or "ADHD" because I'm constantly scanning my house for stuff to put away. I can't kneel down for family prayer at night without walking back to the trash-can with a handful of paper scraps that were previously left on the carpet. I can't walk into my kitchen without wiping down the counters for the fifth time that day. 
What is wrong with me? 
Absolutely nothing, I've decided. 
In fact, the Chinese have a name for this. FENG SHUI. 

This whole time I thought I had a problem, when in actuality I've been practicing an ancient Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment. Okay, so maybe I haven't been following Feng Shui completely (or consciously) but as I've been reading more about it, it makes a lot of sense. 
It's all about creating your environment to maximize the positive feelings, balance, vibrant energy, and Chi of your home. Ideally you want a clean, clutter-free home, with good air flow, quality lighting, with added elements and colors that will nourish and support your energy type. You would  even need to orient your belongings in an auspicious way to create the feelings of Chi in your home. (Chi-the universal energy that permeates everything around us)
So I'm excited about Feng Shui. Maybe just because I can feel better about my cleaning addiction, but maybe because there's some merit to wanting a clean and clutter-free home. When my house is tidy, my brain is tidy. I can think clearly, let my creative juices flow, and be more in-tune with the needs of my family. There's a million ways to apply the many eclectic principles of Feng Shui to your home, but I'll keep it simple and say: Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable, happy, vibrant, and inspired! That's my goal for our home, and it doesn't seem too unrealistic. 

On the flip side, It's kind of hard to be all Feng Shui when your 8 months pregnant and living with three guys who think Feng Shui is a kung-fu move. Especially the three year old, so I'm adaptable. I'm calling it the Feng Sally way. It's where I just focus on one room at a time, and right now it's the living room. If I can keep the living room tidy, and full of good energy, then it doesn't matter so much that my kitchen sink is full of every dirty dish in the house.
It's the Feng Sally way, and  I'm feeling a little less crazy now that I have a name for it.


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