Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

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Clear Your Clutter and Transform Your Life!

Clutter is trapped energy that has far-reaching effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. In Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston, pioneer of a branch of Feng Shui known as Space ...

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Overview

Clear Your Clutter and Transform Your Life!

Clutter is trapped energy that has far-reaching effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The simple act of clearing clutter can transform your life by releasing negative emotions, generating energy, and allowing you to create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. In Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston, pioneer of a branch of Feng Shui known as Space Clearing, expertly guides you through the liberating task of clutter clearing. You will learn:

Why you keep clutter
How to identify and clear clutter in your home or workplace
How to clear clutter from your body, mind, and spirit
How to stay clutter-free

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"A great book and long overdue.  I have read it twice in a week. . . . Thanks, Karen Kingston, for helping me to simplify my life in a joyful way."  
--Louise L. Hay, author of Empowering Women and You Can Heal Your Life

"Elevates cleaning clutter from a mundane task to an experience of the sublime."
--Michelle Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself From Clutter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767903592
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 161,761
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kingston's first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, is an international bestseller. Karen divides her time between Bali and London, and she teaches to packed audiences in the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the world.
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Feng WHAT?

I once met a woman who set off traveling around the planet with little more than the ticket to her first destination in her pocket, but she had one extraordinary skill--the ability to read people's palms--and no matter where she went, she was never short of a place to sleep or food to eat. She would pick a local restaurant or hotel, meet the manager, and offer to do palm readings for guests in return for food, shelter, or a small wage. When I met her she had been doing this for three years, had already visited more than a dozen countries, and was having the time of her life.

I have found that Feng Shui has this same universal appeal. When people discover how much their home can affect them, for better or for worse, they are usually fascinated to learn more.

Feng Shui

The rising popularity of Feng Shui in recent years has been extraordinary. I first discovered a passion for working with energy in buildings in the late 1970s and began teaching Feng Shui publicly in 1993. When people asked me then what I did for a living and I told them, their usual response was a puzzled look and a "Feng WHAT?" Nowadays they usually nod wisely and the conversation simply glides on. Just about everyone seems to have heard something about it these days.

Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives. These natural energy flows were well known and understood by the ancients, and knowledge of them still exists in some cultures today. In Bali, for example, which is my home for half of each year, the people still live in total harmony with both the physical, seen world and the ethereal, unseen world of invisible energies. Daily offerings at every household shrine throughout the land and an endless procession of beautiful, powerful, and very highly evolved ceremonies in the island's twenty thousand communal temples ensures that balance and harmony is maintained. This, to me, is Feng Shui at its best--not just a set of principles applied to an individual building for a specific result but a whole island of 3 million people in tune with the sacredness of the land and living Feng Shui as a complete way of life.

My Approach to Feng Shui

My own approach to Feng Shui is rather different from that of other practitioners because I work directly with the energy of each space. Over a twenty-year period, I have developed the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense energy in enhanced ways, so to begin a consultation the first thing I usually do is go around the entire inside perimeter of the building, taking an energy reading with my hands. The history of events is recorded in the walls and furniture in the form of subtle electromagnetic imprints, and through reading and interpreting these, I can detect pretty much everything of significance that has ever happened there. Traumatic or repetitive events are embedded the most deeply and have a correspondingly greater effect on present-day occupants. I am also able to find areas where the energy in the building has become stuck and determine what needs to be done to improve its flow.

Whenever I come across clutter, its energy field is unmistakable. It presents an obstacle to the flow of energy and has an unpleasant, sticky, unclean feel to it, as if I'm moving my hands through unseen cobwebs. This is what first made me realize that clutter causes problems in people's lives. It also has a distinctive, pervasive, musty odor that I can smell if I walk into someone's home, even if the clutter is hidden away from sight. Actually, if I tune in, I can also smell it in a person's aura (the energy field around the body) if he or she stands near me, because the aura becomes imbued with the smell of it. But don't worry about this if you ever meet me in person--there is so much clutter in the world that I don't tune in this way too often!

The good news is that after clearing clutter, this unwholesome, stagnant energy and accompanying odor quickly disappears.

The Feng Shui Bagua

One of the most interesting aspects of Feng Shui, and one that I will be focusing on a great deal in this book, is the Feng Shui "bagua" grid (see Chapter 8 for a simplified diagram and further information). This can be used to locate where each aspect of your life is found in any building you occupy.

For example, there is an area in your home to do with prosperity. Many people read about Feng Shui or attend a workshop on the subject, get very excited about it, and then rush to put it into practice without realizing they need to clear their clutter first. They hear they can hang a mirror in their prosperity corner to attract more wealth. But what if that area is cluttered with junk? Sadly, putting a mirror there is more likely to double their financial problems than resolve them.

This book focuses on just this one aspect of Feng Shui--clearing clutter--that is so vital to its successful application. It is the first book ever to explore this subject in depth in this context, and is intended as an ideal starter for those new to Feng Shui and an invaluable tool for those who have studied it for a while.

Throughout this book I refer mostly to applying the information around your home, but of course it can be used equally effectively in your workplace and any other building you occupy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2009

    Must read for the feng shui enthusiast!!!!

    I bought this book and keep on reading it over and over. I was inspired with each page to get up and take care of some amount of clutter. The biggest a-hah moment was dealing with the mental clutter because as much as you can organize your home and clear clutter, the mental clutter is just as crucial. Enjoy it and i hope you are inspired just like i was.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

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    Motivating & intuitive clutter clearing book

    This is one of my favorite books on clutter clearing. Very readable because it is organized in small manageable chapters and topic sections. The author's ideas about room flow, space, and energy make intuitive sense and are easy to apply. Ideas are both pragmatic and thoughtful. I learned to "see" clutter I had been missing and to think about some of the consequences of clutter that I hadn't considered before! This book also addresses the sometimes neglected topics of mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Clear Your Clutter!

    This is a terrific book for people who need to be motivated to clear their clutter! Clutter removal is essential to rid your home or office of unwanted negative, stagnate energies. I'm a huge proponent of clearing clutter (and organizing the rest.) Once your home or office is free from clutter, the next step--creating a sanctuary in your home and manifesting your desires--is easy. So, if you overwhelmed with clutter, allow Karen to guide you! Author of award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Feel Much Happier in Your Home & Life

    CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER WITH FENG SHUI is a delightful how-to manual that helps clear out clutter in all areas of our homes, by addressing the underlying reasons that things tend to get so cluttered in the first place. As author Karen Kingston points out, 'clutter is stuck energy,' and she shares powerful insights as to why it is that some people get so attached to junk that it can literally overflow throughout the house, threatening the health, well-being, and sanity of those who live there. While the chapters on discovering various clutter proclivities is fascinating reading, my favorite part of CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER is using the feng shui bagua to determine which sections of the living area are most cluttered. Kingston explains that those most highly cluttered areas indicate which parts of one's life is being most sabotaged. Rather than baldly stating such potentially controversial points without supporting evidence, Kingston encourages us to see for ourselves what a difference the presence or absence of clutter has on our well-being. She suggests we pick an area in our lives that is not going as well as we would desire, and clear out the clutter in the corresponding part of the house in order to witness the positive results of this clearing for ourselves. From realistically assessing the clutter situation, to noting what effect the clutter is having, to finding the underlying clutter causes, to clearing the clutter away, I can think of no better single resource than CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER. Anyone wishing to find an inexpensive way to bring about radical, positive change in their life will benefit from reading CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER I give this book my highest recommendation!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Best nonfiction book I have ever read

    You truly get to the root of the why of clutter, and then you just know what to do about it. I reread this every 6 months or so for inspiration.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Awesome!

    This book is wonderful. I have about 10 books on organzing and de-cluttering, however this book has a different approach that is unlike any other. It has a lot of valuable information and insight in this area. I highly reccommend it. Just recently my husband has started reading it, which is a big surprise to me. So, don't hesitate, buy it.I just ordered Karen Kingston's earlier book on Sacred Spaces and I look forward to reading this book as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    WONDERFUL BOOK!

    I highly recommend this book. It is one of those books that you devour in one sitting. I cannot stop cleaning and clearing the clutter in my home (and office)....it is amazing. I have a ton of energy and just feel great. This book has made a tremendous impact on my life....my environment is so much prettier now and I just feel better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Will change your life!

    This book is amazing. It delves into your inner psyche and explains why we hold on to our possessions. No other 'motivational' or feng shui book I've read has ever inspired me to actually act and 'practice what is preached', and immediately at that! This book is unique in that it relates feng shui and clutter-clearing not just to your home, but all aspects of your life (work, relationships, health, your physical and mental state, etc.) A worthwhile investment of just $10 that will change your life forever...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Not what it seems

    Very enjoyable book about clearing xlutter in your life. Not just physical but emotional etc. A good way to live.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    Great book!

    This book was short and to the point about a lot of things concerning clutter & the clearing of it....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    Absolutely loved this book!!!!

    This is my first book on Feng Shui and since then I've been hooked on to it:-) The book is absolutely amazing,motivating and extremely realistic!! I would recommend everyone to have a copy of this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    Can't slow down...

    .....after reading this book, all I want to do now is clear up my clutter including other books on the same subject. While there are some aspects of the book that may not relate to you, most of the book is worth the money.So far, I've rid myself of enough clutter to hold two successful garage sales, cut my frivilous shopping by 75% and stopped being a slave to my house. I've shared this book with several friends and co-workers who ALL ended up buying the book..let the energy flow!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Enlightening!

    This book is great. Really opens your eyes as to why we keep stuff and how to rethink both what we keep as well as how to keep it. I'm reading it my third time through as I've started to collect again, and need to be reminded of what it is all about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    Easy read and very motivational!! Great gift book.

    Have read other books about getting rid of clutter (by Don Aslet) which were humorous and very motivating but this one is very different. I am completely devoted to the principles of Feng Shui now that I can better understand how my environment and energy really interconnect. I have gone through many great changes in my life by making minor adjustments in different parts of my house. I'm fairly conservative and not a new age kind of person, never a devoted fan of 'off the mainstream' way of thinking (at least not since growing up in the 60's)but I can't believe how well this philosophy works. Slowly abandoning my packrat days and starting to enjoy a house free of clutter! So hard to believe with a 4 year old underfoot and with both myself and my husband working full time. Feng Shui and clearing clutter has impacted so many aspects of my life. This book is a keeper! I highly recommend you get it now and get control of your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    Motivates you to start de-cluttering

    I didn't actually read the book, BUT I listened to the audio tape and all I can say, is it is just fantastic. Karen's voice is very soothing and relaxing, I listened to it while I was doing my daily chores and before I knew it, I was also decluttering. I just might use this tape while I drift off to sleep to store it more into my sub-conscious!! A must to listen to and read, now I WILL get the book!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    Something for everyone

    I found that I became motivated to 'Feng Shui' every space in my house. It is a quick and very interesting read. If you are interested in becoming more organized and at peace with your surroundings, you must read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Motivational

    This book was just what I needed. As I read, I couldn't believe it. Everything she said was true. Everything seemed to make more sense. Clutter around your house clutters your mind and weighs you down. It really was making me tired and unmotivated. After I read the book, I started in right away and I feel so much better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    great book! Stretches out one basic premise a bit long though. But overall more useful than 99.9% of the books out there!

    Those of you in recovery should get this book, especially if you aren't able to do an inventory. After reading this book, you'll be 'cleaning house' real good, and for good reason. I'd personally have liked this book better if it had been condensed to half its length, which it easily could have been. Still, its message is profoundly simple, and truly works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Motivating!

    This book so motivated us that we're giving a talk on de-cluttering at our retreat house! Clutter can affect us spiritually as well as materially. Karen Kingston's book provides motivation, awareness and methods to de-clutter. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    Life Altering

    The most inspirational book I have ever read about something so simple as clutter. After reading the first chapter I was immediately energized to begin clearing my clutter. As soon as I cleared my home of clutter, good things began happening. I had a brighter, fresher outlook on each day because I did not feel weighed down by unimportant objects. This book helped me get organized and feel in control of everything. Such a wonderful and helpful book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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