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Does Clutter Make My Bank Account Look Skinny? Feng Shui Tips for Clearing Clutter
Topics: Clutter Clearing, Wealth
December 10, 2007
Contact: Carol M. Olmstead
Santa Fe, NM—With all the focus on clutter increasing the size of a household’s collective “butt,” the good news is that clutter clearing with Feng Shui can increase the size of a family’s bottom line, rather than it’s bottom.
“A few simple Feng Shui clutter clearing steps can stop your ship of fortune from sinking, keep wealth flowing, and help make your bank account recession-proof despite a poor economy,” says Certified Feng Shui Practitioner Carol M. Olmstead. “When you clean up your home and office, your skinny bank account gets fat,” she says.
Feng Shui is the art and science of placing things to help you attract what you want into your life, especially wealth, harmony, and love.
“The one thing people need to realize is that Feng Shui clutter clearing opens up space where wealth can flow into a household, whether that’s a fatter bank account, a lower mortgage rate, or a bigger salary.”
According to Olmstead, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward. “Think about that as you gaze at the piles on paper on your desk, the unworn clothes in your closet, and the months of unread magazines in your family room,” she says. “Nothing new comes into your life until you make room for it, so clear out at least 25% of your clutter collection to make room for new wealth.”
If you can’t decide whether an object is clutter or a keeper, Olmstead recommends asking yourself these questions; if the answer is “no” to any one, it’s clutter:
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I need it?
3. Does it reflect who I am now in my life?
4. Does it have positive emotional attachment?
5. If it needs to be repaired am I willing to do it now?
6. If I moved tomorrow would I pay a mover to take it with me?
In addition to clutter, Olmstead says that another cause of the skinny bank account syndrome is neglecting to fix broken things in your home and office.
“The key point is that if you ignore things that need to be repaired, replaced, or removed, you set an intention of poverty rather than prosperity,” she says. “Although most people would rather buy a new flat screen than fix a toilet, in the long run it’s a better investment in your financial future when you spend money on the less glamorous stuff.”
Here are Olmstead’s Top 10 Feng Shui Fast Fixes to Attract Wealth:
1. Clean Your Front Door. The front door is where all good energy enters your home; a clean door attracts prosperity while a dirty or faded door repels it.
2. Replace Burned Out Light Bulbs. If your rooms are dark so is your financial future; replace burned out bulbs and brighten your possibilities to attract wealth.
3. Clean Your Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home; dirty windows cloud vision but clean windows represent a clear view of the opportunities.
4. Remove Dead Plants. Dead plants symbolize dead energy; replace them with healthy living plants to grow wealth in your life.
5. Replace Your Desk Chair. If you sit on a broken, stained, or torn desk chair it represents disregard for your work; get a new chair and improve your career outlook.
6. Repair Broken Mirrors. If you look at a broken mirror you can’t see things smoothly; remove or replace it to reflect a smooth road to prosperity.
7. Keep the Toilet Lid Down. If your toilet lids are open you are symbolically flushing your finances away; keep them down and keep your wealth.
8. Fix Drips and Leaks. Leaking water represents leaking wealth; stop the leak, especially in the kitchen, and you will stop the drain of your abundance.
9. Tighten Lose Door Knobs and Handles. If your handles are loose you cannot get a grip on your money: tighten them and wealth will be within you grasp.
10. Clean Your Stove. Food is related to wealth, so clean your stove frequently and immediately fix any nonworking burners.
About Carol M. Olmstead
Carol M. Olmstead specializes in practical, real-world applications of Feng Shui for today’s homes and businesses. AKA The Feng Shui Maven, Olmstead has taught thousands of residential and commercial clients the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives. A popular media commentator, she has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican, Chicago Tribune. Through her company, Feng Shui For Real Life, Olmstead helps individuals, corporations, businesses, universities, and home-based offices arrange their surroundings for success. Her book, Feng Shui Quick Guide: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony and Love, will be published in early spring 2008.