3 Reasons To Clean House And Revitalize Your Space

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Karen Kingston isn't just the end-all, be-all authority on clutter clearing. The renowned feng shui and space clearing expert is also a popular blogger and the author of two million-copy, best-selling books, included the ground-breaking classic, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Now, the R29 fave is here to share her knowledge of feng shui, clutter clearing, and space clearing with you all.

Space clearing is the feng shui art of clearing and revitalizing the energy of buildings. It has many uses, but when I’m asked to summarize the three most important times in a person’s life to do space clearing, here’s what I say.

Moving Into A New Home
This is the most obvious time to do space clearing, to clear out the predecessor energies of previous occupants, and land yourself energetically in your new home. Until you do this, it will never be truly yours. There will always be residual energies from the past affecting everything you do there.

If you move into a completely new building that no one has ever lived in before, you might think this wouldn’t apply, but in my experience, space clearing is still very helpful. It clears out any energies left by the builders and harmonizes the space after the disruption of all the building work so that it immediately starts to feel like a home. Without space clearing, it can take much longer for this to happen.

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For a home that has had a very checkered history, either because of problems during the building process or because of the history of previous occupants, it is best to call in a professional to do the first space clearing for you — and definitely do this if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, not in good health, or do not feel confident to do space clearing yourself. Most people can do annual space clearings to maintain the energy of their home themselves by carefully following the steps in my book. It’s the very first space clearing that is the most challenging to do and the most essential to get right.
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When You Feel Stuck
Another important time to do space clearing is if you feel stuck in some way in your life. When you feel like this, there will also be a corresponding stuckness in the energy in your home that has been building up for some time. A good space clearing practitioner can tell by sensing the energy of your home what is happening in your life without you even needing to tell them.

Because you are energetically connected to the place you live, space clearing your home is one of the most effective ways to get your life moving again. Where there is stagnant energy there is often an accumulation of clutter too, so clutter clearing done in conjunction with space clearing is usually the most effective combination for this situation.
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When You’re Going Through A Major Life Change
This can take many forms. It may be the beginning of a new relationship or the end of an old one, starting a new job or leaving an old one, a birth, a death, a wonderful success, a traumatic loss, or any other significant life-changing event.

Space clearing your home creates a supportive environment that will help you to move through a major transition with more clarity and ease. You can do this type of space clearing for yourself, but it’s at times like this that the skills and objectivity of a trained professional are so valuable. All the practitioners I train know how to conduct a space clearing ceremony without projecting their own opinions or agendas onto clients. They will never tell you what to do, but they are very skilled at opening a space for you to be able to see the higher possibilities for yourself so that you can make your own decisions from a more perceptive standpoint.

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Karen Kingston isn't just the end-all, be-all authority on clutter clearing. This renowned feng shui and space clearing expert is also a popular blogger and the author of two million-copy best-selling books, included the ground-breaking classic, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Now, the R29 fave is here to share her feng shui, clutter clearing, and space clearing knowledge with you all.