Organize + Energize: 5 Ways to Create Positive Energy in a Room
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Kristin MacRae, GoLocalWorcester Organizing Expert
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like it just sucked the life out of you? When I walk into a client’s home, I can immediately feel if the energy is draining or stagnant. I’m very in tune with it! Are you in tune with the energy in your home?
Here are 5 ways you can shift the energy in a room:
Create a vision. Stand in the doorway of the room with a pen and paper and just observe how the room makes you feel. Take notes and jot down all of the spaces in the room that you want to change. Now, step out of the room and I want you to create a vision of what you want that room to be. Think about how you want that room to make you feel. Evaluating the room and creating a vision is the first step to changing the energy in that space.
Declutter. Many of my clients describe the decluttering process as a cathartic experience. Decluttering is imperative to changing the energy in a room. As you’re decluttering, think about what needs to live in this space and what can get transferred out of this space. Be honest with yourself during this process. When was the last time you used items and when will you use them again? When creating positive energy in a room, less is more. It’s difficult for energy to flow through a room when there is clutter in the way.
Organize. Once you’ve decluttered, you can see what you’re left with and now you can start creating that vision. Think about how you want to function with your items. A big mistake people make is thinking that they need to fill every inch of a wall. It’s ok to have empty space. Place a plant in a couple of corners if you’re looking to fill up a space.
Re-arrange furniture. Now that you can see clearly in the room, think about the flow of furniture. Most often, after I help a client get organized, we then look at furniture placement. Maybe you have a piece of furniture in another area of the home that would look great in this room, but you never thought about it before because there was too much clutter in the way. Think about re-purposing and re-arranging different decorative pieces. You may find that these items will change the energy in the room.
Clean the room. It’s time to give this room a good cleaning. During the process you may have cleaned off bookshelves and furniture, but now it’s time to also take a look at the floor, windows, window treatments, pictures, etc. You’ll be amazed at how much dust has accumulated over time.
Now that this process is complete, you’re going to feel lighter and rejuvenated! Trust me on this. I see it happen on a daily basis! If you’re looking to change the energy in a room, take it one step at a time and follow the steps above. As with anything else, it’s a process and you have to break the process down. Think about the end result and how fabulous you’re going to feel. The positive energy will be flowing and it will change your life!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. She has also given over 70 presentations throughout the state. Watch Kristin LIVE every Thursday at 3pm here on GoLocal LIVE with Molly O’Brien.
Paper in any form
This was the most challenging space! 91% of people surveyed stated paper was their biggest headache. Just because we are in this digital age, people think paper is going to disappear. As long as we have mail, and paper at work, kid’s school papers, etc., paper is going to be around for a very long time. We need to develop systems to organize and maintain our paper clutter.
To stay on top of an organized closet, you should be emptying your closet twice a year. Switch your closets in the spring and fall. This will force you to take inventory of the contents of the closet. You’ll never know what’s hiding in the back corners of your closet unless you take everything out.
When was the last time you emptied your entire food closet down to bare shelves? I asked this question at my last presentation and not one person could remember. Some said the last time their food pantry was empty was when they first moved in and others stated it had been years. Have garbage bags on hand. In every kitchen I organize, we throw out at least three garbage bags of expired food.
This is the black hole of the house. If an item doesn’t have a home, it usually gets thrown in the basement on a shelf. You’ll walk into the basement one day and wonder how did it get so bad? The first thing you need to do in the basement is declutter, then categorize items and then decide how you want to function going forward. Measure your space and choose shelving units that will fit what you need to hold. Block off 3 hours and don’t leave the basement during that time. Staying in the room will keep you focused.
The garage is an area similar to the basement. The garage tends to be a drop spot for outdoor items and usually there isn’t any organization. Most tend to regret not organizing the garage when they find they can’t park their cars in the garage in the winter months when it’s snowing. Put this project on your to-do list this fall.
Office at work
Most will say they don’t have time to tackle this area, but think about the time you are wasting by not being organized. The office can be challenging for some because you have paper, closet space, desk space and bookshelves. Most get overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about tackling this space. They think it’s easier to function this way than to actually tackle the project.
If your kids are over the age of 6, incorporate them in this process. If you don’t have the skill set to help them get organized, call in a professional to work one-on-one with them. If your kids are craving structure, it’s time for them to get organized.
Another one of those black holes like the basement. You rarely venture into the attic and you continue to toss items in there that don’t have a home. The garage, basement and attic are really challenging areas because you don’t spend much time in them. Think about how you want to function in these spaces. Streamline and maximize this space. This room should have a purpose.
When items are just thrown into this closet without being contained, chaos will ensue. Empty the entire closet, categorize, itemize and then measure the space. Purchase containers to match the space and what you have to hold. It’s all about maximizing space in this closet and being able to put your hand on something without moving five other items out of the way.
This is a tough project even for people who are organized. Memorabilia items and photos are a challenge because as you go through them, you tend to reminisce. Save this for the last project on your list of areas to organize. Once you begin, just focus on tossing and keeping and then reminisce when the decluttering process is completed.