I used to block pathways in my home.
It wasn’t a consciously decided intention, it was an accidental reoccurrence.
A continuous dropping of loads of crap right inside my front door, by the entrance to the living room, at the base of the stairs, on the stairs…. ahem, at the top of the stairs.
The places I needed to walk were quick to fill, and I couldn’t understand why.
I tripped over pathway clutter, I kicked it, sometimes I stepped on it.
But why did I do it? I thought and thought and thought and thought and I couldn’t come up with a reason. It just sort of happened.
After carefully thinking about it, I came up with several reasons why I accumulated clutter in my pathways:
-I’d be too busy to put something away.
-My arms were too full and I’d put something down.
-I was running from a to b and didn’t have time to properly put it away.
Then at some point I really got into Feng Shui and I randomly read a gazillion books on it. I didn’t understand much of it, but I thought maybe Feng Shui could help me get control over my clutter. In some ways it did, and one of those ways is in a concept I picked up in Feng Shui.
The concept is:
-If you block the pathways in your home, you block the pathways of your life as well.
-If you unblock the pathways in your home you unblock the pathways of your life as well.
I really grokked with that simple concept. It fit the way my mind works, and I suddenly realized that if I looked at my home in terms of how it represented my life, that it would be really simple to realign my space into something I love.
Here’s what I did, and if it feels right for you, you’re welcome to try it too:
1) I made a conscious decision to stop blocking the pathways in my home.
2) I determined each area I felt was a walking thoroughfare in my home.
3) I deemed each of them off limits for anything.
4) I removed not just clutter from the areas, but also any other object I may have previously believed necessary.
5) I vowed to start keeping open pathways. This one decision made a huge difference on my journey to a minimalist life.