How clutter clearing can speed up finding a new home

Handing over keys

I wrote an article a while ago about how to leave an old home and find a new one. Here’s a lovely email I received recently from a woman called Melissa, describing how this worked for her and her partner. Thanks for taking the time to write to me, Melissa, and for giving me permission to publish this.

Dear Karen,

I recently read Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, which was recommended to me by a dear friend who attended one of your workshops in Australia. My partner and I had been living in a shared household for over a year, which originally we intended to be in for a couple of months. We’d just sold our home and planned to buy a new one, but things kept falling through. During this time of hiatus, we kept treating our residence as temporary: we still had piles of stuff on the floor, our clothes on open racks, and we’d only unpacked one plate and set of cutlery each.

After starting to read your book, I noted your observation that it’s hard to move into another residence until you’ve settled in the existing one (or words to that effect). I also noted that the way our things were arranged (or more accurately, how they were NOT arranged) was having a negative effect on me.

So over a few weeks, the piles of stuff on the floor went onto new shelves, our open clothes racks were covered with attractive pieces of material, and I cleaned every corner of our space, throwing out plenty as I went. I followed your suggested method for deciding what to get rid of, so instead of asking ‘Do I need this?’ I asked ‘How do I feel when I see/hold this?’ Many, many boxes and bags of things I thought I needed went off to charity.

Within a couple of weeks of completing the clutter clearing, an opportunity to buy the place of our dreams opened up. And I hadn’t even done a proper space clearing ceremony!

It’s now two months later and we’ve just moved into our new home. Before moving in I did a space clearing ceremony at the new place and have noticed how quickly we’ve settled in. We’ve also slept really well from the beginning. Even our elderly cat is adjusting faster than ever to her new home!

I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. Many thanks also to my friend who recommended your book.


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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fourth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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