My journey to become a fulltime writer has proceeded one more week; the destination is one week closer. A lot has happened in this last week. My apartment is a lot emptier and my creative mind is so much lighter. What I have been doing aside from writing? Feng shuing my apartment to let the creative energies flow!
I have been working on decluttering my apartment for a while, but it wasn’t until last week that I decided to really go for it – no way back. Here is what I experienced:
1. I had so many things in my apartment that didn’t bring me joy, but rather just stole energy. Decluttering made me feel like I’ve grown wings, everything feels lighter!
There are no hiding places in Feng Shui. If the energies can’t move properly through a space, it stagnates – and this drains your own energy. The goal of Feng Shui is to create a wholly vitalizing environment. According to Feng Shui all things surrounding us either nurture us or deplete our energy. There is no middle ground.
To find out if this is true for me, too, I’ve now used two days picking up items and asking myself: Does it spark joy? Is it especially useful to me? Does it nourish me? Does the person I am NOW still need this? If it gave me a thrill, I kept it. If it didn’t – I threw it away or onto the donate pile. The more energy I got from letting go of the material goods (mostly junk!), the more hastily the not-keeping-this!-piles grew. If any piece of paper I found was not of utter importance, I recycled it. Soon, the clutters around the appartment started to shrink and I started feeling better than I have in a long time.
I had an inner chat with myself whether to show you these pictures or not.
But as I wanted to tell you how amazing decluttering my life felt, I thought I might as well give you an idea of how big the change actually was. So, for you, here are the before and after pictures of my creative room / office!
Before, when things I were going to “tidy later” stole more energy than I even noticed, being used to feeling a bit guilty, telling myself that creative people are all a bit “chaotic”:
(Gosh, I am so embarrassed!)
It turns out that a TIDY, CLEARED and WELL-LIT office REALLY DOES foster the creative energies to flow more freely and easily – even in my home!
I am so relieved, bursting of inventiveness, because this is what my creative writing space looks like NOW:
I’ve found out how I want my cave to be, and I’m never going back!
2. What?! My husband and I HAVE A FAR BIGGER apartment than we acutally need! And here I thought our apartment was small…
I prioritize writing and family/friends – and usually do not prioritize the apartment. When I finally started to throw away things that don’t give me joy, nourish me or are really helpful to me, one room in our apartment ended up as good as empty… I was shocked – and filled with new energy!
And who knew – I thought that I had little storage space, but now, in the entrance hall, I have space that is actually, well, empty…
3. Wow. It is possible to have a life in which I DON’T have to search for EVERYTHING I need (and lose) in my own chaos.
Now everything has a place. When I tidy it, there is only one place it can go. Not searching for items is saving me more energy than I thought possible.
In my storeroom everything is lined up now as if it was a very tidy mini store…
4. Plants are awesome energizers!
Adding plants and greens really do foster an environment in which the life energy flows.
What my kitchen window frame looks like now:
(I have nourished the ivy for a while, my oldest still-living plant!)
5. Well, if I’m going to do this, I might as well add a few healing crystals!
Adding a few healing crystals to my living room for good measure…
I feel truly vitalized! This is something I definitely want to learn more about. There is no doubt that feng shuing my apartment has made my creativity flow. This was a great investment on my journey to become a fulltime writer.
Feng shui for writers, final conclusion: WORTH IT!
If you feel inspired to feng shui your own work space, here are a few of the articles I read to get me started:
Have a great day full of energy and creativity!
– A. J. Lundetræ