The art of conscious unpacking when you arrive in a new home

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A home is not just a place where you live and store your possessions. Whether you realize it or not, it is also the place where you anchor your energy and rest your consciousness. When things are disorganized, there is a corresponding scrambling of consciousness too.

Choosing a new home with awareness involves finding land energies, a location, and a house design that is compatible with who will be living in it, and what each person wants to do in their life at that time. What may be very good for one person will not work at all for another, and what may be good at one time in a person’s life may not work as well in the next phase. There is way more to house hunting than just looking for “good feng shui”.

Having made the choice of property, the next step is landing there. On an energetic level, space clearing is the most effective way to do this, but before this comes the practical task of unpacking boxes and organizing the space. This requires deciding as quickly as possible where all your things belong, and letting go of anything you no longer need, use, or have room for.

With each item that is pulled out of a box, there is a self-interrogation process to go through:

1) Do I still need or want this?
2) Will I actually use it?
3) Do I have room for it?

And if you get a YES to all three questions, then:

4) Where is the best place to keep it?

Of course it’s best to do as much of this as possible before you move home so that you don’t have to haul it all to the new location, only to have the extra work and expense of getting rid of it when you get there.

Deciding the destiny of each item you unpack is closely aligned with the process of fine-tuning the direction of your life at the present time. Keep the things you are sure will be of use and let go of any items that no longer fit with who you are or where you are headed.

There is such a beautiful clarity and alignment of purpose that can take place if this is done in a considered way in the first few weeks of arriving in a new place, and conversely, there is the possibility of considerable stagnation and going off track if it is done unconsciously or is delayed. Stuffing unopened boxes indefinitely in the attic, garage or a junk room is not a recommended option for anyone who values their quality of life!

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd, 2014

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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7 Responses to The art of conscious unpacking when you arrive in a new home

  1. 5 is the number of change, space clearing and de-cluttering would be all about changing, in this case, becoming more conscious.

  2. I identify with Liz and wonder, Karen, how the course will help when you find yourself repeatedly cluttering previously de-cluttered spaces. If I understand how the course will help with this specific issue I will be more encouraged to sign up & stop this annoying pattern!

    Sincerely wanting to stop re-cluttering,

    1. Hi Ruby, My course aims to help each participant to understand the underlying reasons why they have accumulated clutter, gives them the tools to clear it, and helps to instil new habits so that clutter does not accumulate again.

      What previous participants have said about this course

      However, clutter clearing is not a one-time-only event. It will always accumulate again, so clutter clearing will need to be done regularly, to keep pace with who you are and where you are heading in life. The trick is to not bring too many things in to your home that will eventually turn out to be clutter, and the course also helps people how to manage this better.

      1. Very helpful Karen, thank you! I’m recognizing I’m the one bringing lots of it in & with a young child have to watch this pattern as I already feel overwhelmed with too much toys that I buy her despite knowing better!

  3. As I was “clearing out clutter” the other day I noticed a “stack of old magazines”; so I thought what can I do with these ? so I drove the magazines and books to the local Laundromat and the lady was happy to get the magazines; good place to “de-clutter”!

  4. I have not moved home recently, nor is it on the cards, but I have such an urge for the past year to clear up all my possessions, most of which possess me, so that if I had to move home I could pack up all in a matter of hours. What freedom. I know that there is nothing, NOTHING, in theory preventing me from doing this, but somehow it just doesn’t happen. Even clearing out a drawer is exhausting and make me feel heavy because every time I have done this, within 1-2 months it is crammed full of stuff again – so many times I have said ‘this time I will keep it tidy’ but it does not stay that way as slowly but surely it fills ups with stuff that I have nowhere else to store.

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