Hello and welcome to the 8 D’s of Feng Shui – Start your own Feng Shui project. Declutter your house to free up space energetically, emotionally and physically.
We have reached phase #6 Delivery. It has been an exciting journey for me so far, which started with me going through our house writing down all the things I would like to declutter (Phase #1). These were things we hadn’t used for a while, and we knew that we would not use them in the near future. Unwanted gifts and broken things made it on to the list too. 🙂
Next thing, I created a designated area in my office in which I collected all the things from the list (Phase #2). I chose the most obvious spot in the house to be constantly reminded of the project I had started. And this happened to be my office. 🙂
About two weeks later, I felt I had collected enough clutter and thought it was time to make decisions (Phase #3). The pile was even larger than my list. I settled on a date which I put in to my calendar as a reminder. That day I set aside some time to sit down and look at each item separately and divided the pile into two separate ones – TO KEEP and TO GIVE AWAY.
The former comprised of only three things and I dedicated them to a proper purpose (Phase #4). I as well gave them a place to live in our house by storing them where they belong. So, first pile done, one more to go. 🙂
Next, I turned my attention to the latter with all the items I wanted TO GIVE AWAY (Phase #5). Again, I set aside a bit of time to look at the items and created new piles and directions like RECYCLING, TRADE ME (kind of the New Zealand version of Ebay), POTENTIAL GIFTS, REPAIR, ECO SHOP, OP SHOP or just RUBBISH.
I set out to deliver each pile to the new direction – phase #6 – the one we are in. RECYCLING and RUBBISH were easily done. REPAIR just didn’t turn out as successful as I had hoped. I took the broken extension lead to our neighbour who happens to be an electrician and he advised that the extension lead was beyond repair and that it would cost more to repair it than to buy a new one. Luckily our other our other neighbour deals with srap metal and I could give the extension lead to him.
I set a delivery date for the rest of my piles and tackled ECO SHOP and OP SHOP on the same day. Only to find out that I could not drop off items at the ECO SHOP as I had to drive to the ECO DROP to drop them off there (LINK & PHOTO) from where they get recycled and go back to the ECO SHOP. On my way back I stopped at my favourite OPSHOP. POTENTIAL GIFTS found a place in my office and are waiting for the right occasion. The only thing that is still in the loop is TRADEME, and it’s next on my list.
The benefit of this project so far for me is that I seem to be more aware of the things we already have. Most of the times when I think of buying something I first double check if it is really necessary. 🙂
I’d like to thank you for taking the time in reading this blog. Please feel free to engage by leaving a comment. Maybe you would like to share one of your experience or some of your wisdom with us.
Stay with us and the project. We are going to hit phase #7 next time the DAY OFF. Find out more and I hope to see you next time.
Love from Kritara