Of the five Feng Shui clutter styles (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood), Water-clutter may be considered the “messiest” in the classical sense of that word.
- When your Water element is out of balance, you have trouble making decisions. Your indecisiveness naturally leads to things accumulating in piles, draping and covering every surface in a random, chaotic way.
- You may also be caught up in Water’s spiritual tendency, seeking wisdom and truth in multiple books and learning materials but finding it difficult to focus and take action.
Your stuff overflows its boundaries. It finds its way into every nook and cranny, going deeper and deeper until it reaches its level: the floor.
Using Feng Shui adjustments, Water-clutter can be brought back into balance with a judicious use of the Earth and Wood elements.
Just as a stream is guided by its banks, Water needs the strong boundaries of Earth to bring it under control, in the Controlling Cycle of the Five Elements.
- Clothing can be especially difficult to corral, so square containers — a laundry hamper, perhaps a larger chest of drawers — go a long way toward taming the chaos.
- Calm the atmosphere with Earth-themed art and objects. A comforting painting with Mother Earth instantly makes the chaos seem less threatening.
Water’s mighty energy is “drained” by the Wood element, in the Reducing Cycle of the Five Elements.
- Tall cabinets in Wood’s characteristic column shape help you organize your things closer to eye level, rather than clogging the floor.
- If your clutter takes the form of too many learning materials, use the motivating, inspiring aspects of Wood to stop pondering and start achieving your goals. Post your goals up high, and start reaching for them!
Water-clutter can be especially overwhelming, so use these Feng Shui adjustments to bring yourself back into balance.
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