Motivated to clutter clear
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston - Readers' letters
Your book is inspirational
I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your book, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui. It's really inspirational. I cleared out eight and a half bags of newspapers over the week-end and I am still going strong!! Smile... It's physically hard work but that is only because I spent ages. I like your idea of doing a bit at a time and going with your energy level. Thanks for your inspiration and hopefully I will clear my clutter by the end of this month. ~ Jeanette, UK
Your book makes so much sense
I have had your book for years. Over the past 4 years, things have been a challenge, mainly financially. I have had to move a bit, each time to a smaller space and now I just rent a room so my stuff has really collected up. I was living with many boxes in a 10-foot by 10-foot room and when I cleared out the boxes it was just amazing - it was like this downward pressure was lifted and my life just opened up.
Since then I have been reading your book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, and I just have to tell you how much sense it makes. Your writing style is very simple but very poignant, so I just wanted to send you this very sincere thank you. Please keep up the good work and thanks so much for putting these books out so one can gain from them without going to a workshop. ~ Andy, California, USA
Help for a clutterholic
My neighbor recently gave me a copy of your book that she picked up at a used book sale. I chuckled since my administrator had just commented on the state of my classroom clutter and my husband can never stop complaining about all my "junk". So I started to read it, going in with the attitude that it will be interesting but not really much help for a clutterholic like me!
I have to tell you that about 2 chapters into the book something changed. I started to read it with an openness I haven't felt in years. My whole body felt more relaxed and as I read about the reasons I hoard and add clutter to my clutter, it became like a weight lifting off me. I couldn't put the book down. I started recommending it to everyone I know, some have already ordered the book for themselves.
I have now finished it and plan on reading it again. I have been clearing out rooms FULL of stuff, have been taking your advice about giving the not so used things to charity, my coworkers and my fabric scraps to the school for a service project (making a quilt to give to a charity). I feel great and my house is looking cleaner and neater. I have such positive chi that a new business I just started is really taking off. I already have a recruit and 3 bookings for parties. All of this happened just from reading the book!
Thank you for helping me to see why I felt a need for clutter and how to help rid myself of it, both outside and inside my body. I come from a long line of clutterholics, and it is time to break the cycle. ~ Donna, USA (Eighth grade science teacher)
I am so energized with my new mission to be clutter-free
This book has been the key to unleashing the emotional attachments to the things I have been dragging around for much too long. Friends who come to my home think I am so neat and orderly! Ha! Yes, it's true that most of the time my home would present itself very nicely - especially if I know you're coming! But start opening drawers and cabinets and the hidden disasters become quite obvious.
Your style of writing has such an easy and flowing way of reaching the reader. I love to pick your book up and open to wherever it may and my eyes just fall somewhere and I read. This approach has led me to the same passages many times over, and I understand that it's no coincidence as it's usually an area I really need to pay extra attention to in my own clutter clearing! Wonderful how the universe always stays on task!!
I have conquered a disastrous pantry, cupboards and my wardrobe so far. Two days ago I dropped off 7 bags (large garbage size!) of my clothing to the local women's shelter! I am so energized with my new mission to be clutter-free in this time of such new energy. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing all of this wonderful wisdom in your fabulous book. It has been like a magic spell for me ~ Lisa, USA
Clutter clearing human whirlwind
I read Clear Your Clutter in a matter of hours, and have been a human whirlwind ever since. Last week we put 10 bags of rubbish out for collection, and we had to borrow a van for all the stuff we took to the book fair to sell.
I have always been interested in oriental philosophy, I Ching, Feng Shui etc, but your book seems so straightforward to me; suddenly I understand why the small things I was trying to do (crystals, wind chimes, mirrors) did not seem to make any difference. And the yard where we always dump our rubbish until it is collected? Right in the Money area of the bagua! My family has always joked that I have the concentration span of a flea, but it wasn't until I sat down and worked it out, that I realised how much unfinished work I have around the house; half knitted jumpers, half written stories, even a patchwork quilt I started when I was 13 yrs old (I will be 40 soon) I am so ashamed, but determined to sort it all out, no matter how long it takes, so that I can properly space clear the whole house. ~ L.W., UK
I'm like a white tornado!
What a great book!When I read it, I was so motivated to clear the clutter from my house - I was, as you describe it, a white tornado! The next three full days were dedicated to clearing the clutter in my home and included five trips to the rubbish dump, one to the salvation army and one to the library. Since then, I've continued clearing clutter and learning about and implementing Feng Shui remedies at a more leisurely pace.
The changes have been incredible. Besides just feeling more positive and optimistic about my life, and having the emotional energy to 'intend' positive changes, my relationships have benefited, I've been getting so many calls for new business (so much so that I've had to turn down some projects!), and -- not coincidentally, since my home office is in the self-improvement/knowledge/wisdom area of my house -- I am learning and growing so much in the area of personal growth and development. I've "happened" upon some great books that answer questions, inspire and encourage me in areas of my life where I've been less than clear. Thanks! I've read your book three times now, and I still find it tremendously inspiring. ~ S.S., Hawaii, USA
Clutter clearing has taken me further than counselling
I have been trying to clear my life of junk at all levels - emotional, physical and spiritual for nearly six years now (if not the whole 35 that I've been alive!). The great thing for me about your book, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, is that finally there is one place where all the ideas and understandings come together. I've intuitively felt that I needed a clear-out from time to time, but I always panic and go get more junk to fill the space left by the clear-out! Then I get stuck and depressed again. Your book has really helped me, and because it is practical and I have to do things, it has got me further in one reading than several years of counselling. Thank you. ~ Sean, United Kingdom
I got rid of the useless stuff I'd been keeping for years
I happened to come across your book a couple of weeks ago. And I've been reading and rereading it since then. The book is very interesting. I like both what you are saying and the way you are saying it. And your system works very well: numerous trash bags were filled up and taken away already (that's not too bad for a start, I guess). I got rid of the useless stuff I'd been keeping for years. And t makes me feel happy!
I have read a few books on feng shui already. They were good, but it was only Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui that brought me to action immediately. Thank you very much for this wonderful book! ~ Alexander, Russia
Thank you for this book. I am throwing, throwing, throwing.... ~ Soňa, Czech Republic
Your book changed my life
I just wanted to write and let you know that your book, Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui , changed my life - and I am not usually prone to such gushing statements!
It was given to me as a gift from a very dear friend of mine when I was unceremoniously dumped by my last partner. I felt I could take no more - every area of my life was a failure - career, love, health, family, friends. I started reading and I could not stop. Your advice totally struck a chord with me and I decided things had to change. I decided to move out of my home (particularly resonant was your section on bad things happening in the house creating a negative effect in the environment) and packing everything up, of course, gave me the perfect opportunity to clear my clutter, and also to a deadline! I must have thrown out, recycled, gave away or sold half of my belongings.
I have since kept up the good work and now, some time on, I am in a new, much better career, my health has dramatically improved, as have all my relationships, and I am pleased to say I am getting married this year! (is that a result of the pictures of the moon I have hanging in my love and marriage area?).
I am now re-reading the book just to give myself the inspiration to do a 'spring clean' and this weekend took 20 items of clothing to the charity shop, and I still have some work to do. After that, I plan to pass the book on to my friend so others may feel the benefit of your advice. Thank you so much for letting me feel I can take control of my life again. ~ Louise, England
Inspired to clutter clear
A colleague at work lent me your book around 12 months ago. I read it and half-heartedly had a go at clearing but did not take it any further. Following a Feng Shui consultation a couple of months ago, just after I moved house I saw your Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book in a bookshop and decided to buy my own copy. The day after I woke early and just couldn't get back to sleep. I read the whole of the book and started to clear the clutter right then and there. To cut a long story short I then strongly encouraged my husband to read the book and we have just got rid of two carloads of clutter at the car boot sale.
The amazing thing is that we both love reading and had accumulated hundreds of books. I decided that I did not need to keep them anymore and sold most of them at the boot sale. We still have some way to go but are both feeling much more energised!
Even at work, I have felt the compulsion to clear and have thrown away loads of stuff I was keeping "just in case". I also cleared my computer files and deleted around 4,000 e-mails from the system - that did feel good!! Thank you for your book - it was an inspiration. ~ Sally, UK
I've never been so inspired before
I got your book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, from one of my sisters, she told me that she has cleared out her whole house after reading it and she has a big house, three daughters with lots and lots of toys, books, everything. Now their home is almost free from clutter! I was really impressed - would reading a book make me take care of all the clutter-clearing I needed to do???
I can tell you, I've never been so inspired before! Every closet we have in the house is nearly done, I no longer have the piles of paper I always somehow had in every room of the house before. I've thrown and given away half my wardrobe and cleared out a whole room where we had nothing but junk!!!
I also have to tell you that it makes a difference in my life. We live in an old house that needed a real change on the outside. Every time I came home I felt horrible looking at the outside. Now we've got new windows and the house has a new color. After that, I lost half my overweight and I´m not done yet! Now I´m working with the inside, with both me and our house!
An important experience was to read about me having to deal with my own clutter before my husband would do the same. I was ALWAYS angry about him never doing the laundry, the dishes and everything else that you have to do in a home. I now see changes in his behavior. He got rid of several carloads of junk that have been lying around since... I can´t even remember how long!
I want to thank you for your book, it´s a great inspiration and I will look for your book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui! I´ve told all my friends about Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and they love it as much as I do! ~ Sara, Sweden
We are clutter clearing like never before
We have dealt with most of the physical clutter now (that just leaves the electronic stuff). When we were doing it, we put all the "stuff" into the living area and called the garbage men. A man from the government happened to come by before the garbage men arrived - he said he wanted us to fill in the government census form, but that if we were moving house, then there was no need! Haha.... there was obviously a lot more clutter than we realized. ~ Chris, Japan
My book club read your book
My book club read your book, which is how I heard of it. We have never had a more lively discussion and nearly every meeting since we clear our clutter at home to share with each other. It seems we all have such a difficult time just throwing stuff away, so if we can find a good home, it's much easier. Thanks so much for bringing your gift to the world. ~ Lori, USA
Clutter clearing is contagious!
I am 70 years old. Recently I could not sleep so decided to read. Since I had recently finished my library book, I reached for Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and read it from cover to cover. The next morning I started to go through my wardrobe, trying on clothes I had not worn in ages. I kept going until I had sorted out my entire selection of clothes and then I started on shoes and handbags. I feel so good after I had finished that, I am determined to go through all my cupboards and de-clutter them too.
My husband was so impressed when he saw what I had done with my clothes that he sorted out his too. He had been saving clothes that would not fit in the hope that he would lose weight. When I told him what you had written about that subject he decided to take your advice and get rid of them. We now have a few – well more than a few – bags to donate to charity.
~ Sheila, South Africa