There are many different types of speciality organizers in the world, and today I learned a little more about a specific type of organizing called Feng Shui. There was so much interesting information! Pam provided a glimpse into her practice and made me really excited to try some techniques in my own home, and to find ways that I could incorporate the practice into my work with clients.
So, here are the highlights of what I learned today. This only skims the surface of the practice, and I encourage you to check out Pam's website or your local library for more information if you are interested.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese technique and has been adapted to suit todays needs.
Pam gave us many wonderful examples including how to place key furniture facing doors to decrease vulnerability. Pam explained the process for clearing a space by using fresh air, burning sage and performing a blessing ceremony. Finally, she also suggested creating new energy through the use of the senses, such as bells, incense, and using natural materials.
I know like with many eastern practices, there can be some skepticism. I am the first to admit that I am open to ideas of Feng Shui, but because it is a completely new concept to me, and not evidence based science, I have a little trouble wrapping my brain around it. That said, none of the concepts seemed harmful, and sometimes you have to step just a little out of your comfort zone to explore.
Let me know if anyone has used any Feng Shui techniques. I would love to hear your experiences!
Many people have limited space to dedicate to their mud room areas. Many homes just did not allow for the space...
Often, I see a pile of backpacks, coats and shoes by the door and frustration in the eyes. This is a quick and easy solution that almost everyone could find space for.
Coat racks like these are easily found at big box retailers, second hand stores, or better yet your very own garage. Often, clients have something like this, but just have it in the wrong place in their home. (Remember, one of the keys to organizing is to keep things where they are used, needed or stored! So in this case, keeping the coats, bags and shoes by the door will keep them from ending up all over the house, but in order to make it work you will need a system!)
Once you locate the rack you would like to use, adjust the height so that everyone in the house can reach it to hang up their coats and bags. Remember, you can not expect the toddler to help if they can not reach it. Years from now, you can always adjust the height, or if you want to put up two rows of hooks that is even better! (If you install two rows of hooks I would suggest simple hooks without a shelf for the bottom row.)
Once your hooks are installed, you can personalize with shelves, calendars, art, you name it! Have the family contribute to the plan and maybe you can get them on board with the process in the infancy stages!
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