Diwali Cleaning! We’ve all grown up following this intensive family ritual as we clean and declutter every nook and corner of our residence before Diwali. But why restrict cleaning to only Diwali time? ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ they say and true that! Clean spaces help one to grow mentally and also spruce up one’s spirits!
Many studies have revealed that walking into a cluttered environment can cause stress and anxiety. It raises one’s cortisol (stress hormone) levels too.
Beat the stress and anxiety hands down by opting for springcleaning the Feng Shui way. Declutter not just your home but your negative thoughts too and reap the benefits instantly.
What is Feng Shui cleaning?
Feng Shui cleaning, in its true sense means bringing in the ‘chi’ or life energy. It is a way of life that emphasizes on positivity. According to the Feng Shui principles, where we reside is a mirror of what is happening inside us, which basically implies that what goes on the inside of us, is what our home represents. And so, decluttering your inner self as well as your home can do a lot of good to you.
Here are 3 simple ways in which you can walk the path of Feng Shui cleaning:
- Clean your home: Essentially we must, as a norm, keep our kitchen, bedroom and living room, clean and tidy. Do away with any article that can block positive energy from entering your home. Pay special emphasis to decluttering your refrigerator and attic or shelves in the kitchen, if any. As Marie Kondo says, keep only those things that ‘spark joy’ in you.
- Let the fresh air in: Open the windows and let in the refreshing breeze, not just into your home, but also into all your relationships. Keep the bloom on.
- Declutter from within: Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling gloomy, bleak or rather sad? This inner clutter is all the ‘ugghh’ thoughts, unfulfilled desires or somber unexplained feelings in your head. What we must do, in order to feel better and live healthily, is throw away all that is bothering our inner self.
Pro tip: Keep a bamboo plant by the windows. Bamboos don’t die, they don’t create any mess and most of all attract positive energy.
Aishwarya Iyer is a chai-vanist, Murakami fan, considerate companion and a bubbly speaker with a fanaticism for fitness.