I was raised with parents who were not accumulators of material things. I never saw clothes hanging from brackets attached to the outside of closets or scads of toiletries strewn across a bathroom counter. So, in my early days of working as a professional organizer I was really unprepared for the quantities of clothes and other belongings that spilled from closets, drawers and cabinets.
Feng shui teaches that everything has energy and the energy talks to you.
Well, when things that really belong in the privacy of a closet are hanging outside the closet, they talk to you! In fact, if there are very many of them on the loose, they scream at you. A peaceful bedroom can be quickly transformed to a noisy crowd when clothes no longer fit in closets and drawers. That noise will interfere with getting good sleep which will affect your productivity, and over time, your health.
What do I mean by talk to you? Things get their energy from their color, the memories associated with them, their materials, textures and design. When something is out in the open all those components of it are visible and chatting away.
What to do? Make a commitment to live within your closets, drawers and cabinets.
Don’t accumulate more than you can comfortably house in the storage containers available to you. You can do that by regularly clearing out items you no longer love or use.
“But my closets are so small,” you say. Get a wardrobe! Move to a house with bigger closets! What is more important — all those clothes, toiletries, gadgets, etc. or a peaceful home where it is really possible to get quality sleep?