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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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Harmony (first published September 24th 1998)
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Chrissy
Most of my friends read and raved about this book, so when I was given a copy as a gift I was excited. "Drink the Kool-Aid," they said, and drink I did. I read this book in about three days, which is amazing considering I kept taking breaks to clear out drawers and purge myself of all the unused, unloved objects clouding my chi and bringing my karma down.

Which is the basic premise of this book. The stuff you hoard is more than junk - it becomes an obstacle, blocking you from the life you are me...more
Emma
Ok, I have only read a little bit of this so far but already it's inspired me to de-clutter various nooks of my house. It has a way of inspiring you to de-clutter instead of inducing guilt about it.

Feng Shui is about the movement of energy through your home, and not surprisingly clutter is a major thing that gets in the way. She makes the point that you can follow the various advice to put a mirror here or a plant there, but if everything is all cluttered that is going to overshadow whatever pos...more
Amanda L
What does feng shui have to do with what your poo looks like? Everything, apparently.
Samantha
I'm sure that Ms. Kingston's advice works very well for other people, but a lot of what she said boiled down to advice I've heard many times about how an orderly house leads to an orderly life, or that you feel better if you have less clutter. This would make for a fine book, except that I find some of her other statements offensive. If your house burns down, that's a sign from the universe that you need to restart your life. If you have books near your bed, then your primary relationship is wit...more
Barks & Bites
I am still far from being decluttered but am finding this book extremely helpful and motivating. I've read a few other beginner feng shui manuals and found them too intimidating. This book states the reasons people collect clutter and was a real eye opener for me!

This was a terrific motivator for me and was more helpful than I anticipated. I now have a clean closet near my entryway (starting there because it's most important) and found things that had been buried in there for over 10 years! The...more
Florence
This is a quick read, recommended to me as something I should read, so I could earn some extra cash helping others reduce clutter. Believe me, I have enough clutter, all those items I keep "just in case", or because they were meaningful at one time, even some very special clothes I wore back 40 years ago. They might be something my daughter could wear some day!Hmm! And then there is all this stuff I am storing for the kids!
I once tried to convince a friend who was trying to stage her house for r...more
Janet
While I ignored most of the feng shui tidbits (I've never really had the patience to figure it all out), I did find the advice for ongoing space clearing to be really terrific. Not too much mumbo jumbo and lots of clear, concise ideas for letting go of unwanted or unneeded stuff.
Danielle
This book inspired me to do a complete "feng shui" clean-out of my home! I have been scaling down my belongings for the past few weeks and feel such a surge of excitement with this wonderful revitalization of my living space.

In the process of reading this book and clearing space in my home/life, I have had to stop and consider every single object I have been holding on to...and ask myself: Why? Why do I still own this thing? If it still has a use, then fine, but if there is any negative memory...more
Jen
I really liked this book. It inspired me to clear out so much clutter. The central idea is that we can let go of our clutter by feeling confident that what you need will be available to you when you need it. In other words, I don't need to keep all the (tons of) craft supplies that I've been lugging around from state to state for years and never using, "just in case." I will be able to craft what I want with fewer things. Who knows, the right tool or doo-dad might just come along serendipitously...more
Sherry
I thought this book was amazing. I've read it 4 times over and I'm still not finished with it.

"Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives."

You do not have to be a believer in Feng Shui to enjoy this book. This book focuses on just one aspect of Feng Shui, the clearing of clutter.

"Any kind of clutter creates an obstacle to the smooth flow of energy around a space; this in turn creates stuckness an...more
Talyah
This is probably one of the best "cleaning" books I've read in terms of motivating and giving good emotional reasons behind keeping material things and needing to rid yourself of them. You see objects hold on to the energy that has surrounded them, so that little figurine you still hold on to - that makes you think of that one time your sister told you you were worthless and no one liked you - needs to go in the trash. Also, do you ever keep things simply because, say your grandmother gave it to...more
Helene
This book has helped me feel motivated to clear out a lot of clutter/junk I have accumulated in my apartment. It makes sense to talk about the "energies" that certain objects/things emit. The book has helped me understand a few things about myself, about why I have accumulated so much unnecessary clutter. I hope after I clean out the clutter from my apartment that I will feel better. This book definitely helped me feel some more interest in learning feng shui.

The only complaint I have about the...more
Tiffany
This is a book I need. And yet, whenever I read tips about how to de-clutter your life, I seem to always say that the ideas make sense, I can just never follow through with them.

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Most of the tips and advice for clearing clutter was common sense (get rid of things that don't work; get rid of things you're "going to fix some day" that you know you won't; get rid of stuff that has no real sentimental value for you anymore; get rid of stuff you have no use for anymore; etc....more
Erin
Jan 07, 2014 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: how-to
I found this in my bedside table where I must have swiped it from somewhere and then forgot about it (ironic!) when I decided to clean up a little on New Year's. But after flipping through this (but before really reading much of it) I decided to really declutter my place, and this book was my feng shui guide! Yes, a lot of feng shui is woo woo, but I believe that stuff has energy, much of it negative, and it can hold you back because you feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have. I got ri...more
Catherine Woodman
Even though there are some reasonable principals related to getting rid of stuff, why it is helpful, and what prevents us from doing it, the author is condescending, presumes the worst, and promotes things that are downright unprincipled in both emotional and physical terms. To say that you have t buy a place that had happy people in it, and if you screw that up, woe to you, well, she is not speaking to the people who have little or no control over that, and it also defers blame off of you for y...more
Amanda
While it may seem simple enough to be organized, many of us end up settling for the clutter and chaos in our homes and lives. This book walks through clearing spaces and improving the energy around us. By sorting your junk, you organize your life.

A concept that was particularly difficult for me to embrace was the idea of letting things go. While I am not a pack-rat, there are things I hold onto "just in case." Kingston tackles this idea well, and it goes hand-in-hand with the law of attraction....more
Jody
As a professional Organizer and Certified Relocataion and Transition Specialist, I enjoy this book once a year or so, especially after dealing with client's whose homes are horribly cluttered. Less is More everyone. I find so much more energy and peace when things are in alignment.

I try to start the year out right, although I must admit that after helping someone else sort through their junk all day, it really hard to come home and do your own. Every day is a new day, just 10-15 minutes a day w...more
Kathleen
Feb 07, 2009 Kathleen added it
Recommends it for: anyone who has too much stuff, and that is most of us
I am obsessive about this book - just ask my friends and family - I am always trying to get people to read it. It is a tin litle book, but helps you sort out out the stuff people end up with and just GET RID OF IT. You want to think more clearly? Simplify your life? Spend less time cleaning? Clear your clutter. The section on clothes is the best, and her application of the Pareto Principle -- that most of us only wear 20% of our wardrobe at any given time, with 80% just there, year after year. G...more
Joni
This is a wonderful, inspirational book. I like the author's conversational style. The first few chapters list the reasons clutter is bad for us, why we might have clutter, and what could happen in our lives when we declutter.

I appreciate the information about the baguas in the home. I am sort of familiar with baguas from using them to do yearly treasure maps (vision boards) so I am interested in learning about them in my home.

I really feel like pulling stuff out of cupboards after reading a few...more
Shannon
I was given this book to read and expected to learn about design elements in order to make my home more welcoming and beautiful. I was taken aback when the majority of the book opened my eyes to what emotions I had been harboring in my junk. Not only have I cleared out the physical excess, I've started purging my life of other unwanted clutter (behaviors, hobbies I thought I "needed", etc). I cannot tell you enough how pleased I am that I read this book. It really came into my life by accident a...more
Mary Elizabeth
Really helpful book - I'm not convinced on the feng shui actually, but I really liked her approach to clutter. She gives detailed advice how to go about getting rid of all the stuff you don't need and why it's so important to do. I completely agree that there is a direct connection between a cluttered space and a cluttered mind, things weighing down on you, feeling distracted, frustrated, paralyzed, like you can't finish anything, or move on, etc. In short I recommend it for everyone - just skip...more
Miriam Margaret
I've read and perused a lot of books over the years on clutter clearing, feng shui, and creating sacred space. This one is among the best. Since I began reading about a week ago, I have completely purged my kitchen, living, and dining rooms, and am set to continue my space clearing journey throughout the rest of the house and yard.

Within a day of putting the finishing touches on the kitchen, an ongoing issue with a family member came fully to light. It's obvious to me that the clutter was my sub...more
Linda
Definitely some great tips about how and why you should clear your house of clutter. However, the end of the book talks about your health and how to detoxify yourself. She lost me there mostly because I didn't think that was the book to talk about your health. Health is obviously important and a part of how you can de-clutter, but I didn't think this was the right place to talk about it (plus I didn't think she should be offering that kind of advice).
Julia Sargent
While I took some of the Feng Shui with a grain of salt, this really inspired me to purge some of the clutter in our house. My husband is reading it too and has also started going through his things. The author makes one think about the relationship with "stuff" and definitely changed the way I view our possessions. I definitely recommend to anyone who feels like they have too much stuff, but don't know where to start.
Yeganeh Attari
درباره ی امتیاز دادن به این کتاب دچار احساسات متناقضی هستم. سختمه که قبول کنم یه گوشه از خونه منطقه ی ثروته و یه گوشه منطقه ی عشق. نمیدونم شاید باید اینو هم امتحان کنم! ولی قطعا قبول دارم که آشغال جمع کردن و دور ننداختن و شلوغی و به تاخیر انداختن مرتب کردن کمدا و کاغذا و زندگی، یا این دست اون دست کردن برای دور انداختن چیزایی که میدونم به دردم نمیخورن، واقعا اعصابمو خورد میکنه و یه گوشه ای از مغزمو درگیر میکنه و به قول این خانوم مانع جریان انرژی مثبت تو زندگیم میشه.
آدم منظمی نیستم و با خوندن این...more
Annie
This book is revolutionizing my life... I am already feeling so much lighter and freer since I began implementing the book's suggestions. Seriously a must read for everyone--who knew that cleaning up and decluttering could change your life! Love it!
Wendy
Serious, but very good. It helps people understand how destructive it is to horde and clutter. Don't keep all of those things you don't need. It's negative energy.
Marsha
Nov 19, 2010 Marsha marked it as to-read
Shelves: unfiled
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Cidar
Nützlich, verschleiernd, (hilfreich?) - 2.6/5

Empfohlen wurde mir das Buch von jemandem, dem es geholfen hat, über Winterdepression und allgemeinen Stimmungsschwankungen hinwegzuhelfen.

Die Erwartung war nicht groß - mir ist Literatur in diese Richtung bekannt und ein Fan bin ich davon nicht.

Es ist ein paar Monate her, seit ich es gelesen habe.

Am Anfang wird der Leser über die Autorin informiert. Von Esoterik halte ich nicht viel, demnach hielt sich die Begeisterung in Grenzen.

Im Buch gibt es gute...more
Leeie
As an instructor I would introduce the concept of Feng Shui to students, but in order to implement it and create "sacred space" --clearing clutter beforehand was an important pre-requisite. I had read many organizational books, but none were as effective as this one.

I have read this book several times, have purchased a dozen more copies--and have either given them away or sold them to clients or friends that I help with clutter clearing, for use as a reference in the future.

After reading, buyi...more
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Kingston coined the term "space clearing," the Feng Shui art of clearing and consecrating energy in buildings. She has pioneered the development of Space Clearing since 1978 and is recognized as the western world's leading authority in this field.
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