Monday, May 3, 2010

Spring Cleaning, Part I Feng Shui Your Space

The rumor is true. Spring is here. And when spring arrives, can spring cleaning be far behind? This year, I’ve decided to go a step beyond my regular seasonal tidying and use some of the principles of the ancient art of feng shui to increase the creativity and productivity of my writing space.

The computer desk is one of the places in my home where the daily tides deposit a fascinating array of household flotsam and jetsam. But this leads to clutter, and clutter is feng shui enemy number one. After just a few minutes of web browsing for feng shui fixes, I learned that I should have no more than nine objects for everyday use on my desk. For maximum benefit, these items are best placed according to a feng shui map, or bagua. Find a map, and more tips, here. Fast Feng Shui also has lots of helpful information.

A major office overhaul is not practical for everyone, including me. I am not in the market for new furniture, nor do I have room on my desk for an aquarium, a fountain, or an arrangement of candles/stones/mirrors/chimes/crystals. Although purple is the color of creativity, I don’t plan to ask my husband if he would prefer for me to paint the walls iris or plum—I already know the answer is “neither.” Fortunately, feng shui is not an all-or-nothing proposition; many small changes can add up to a big improvement. Removing the scissors from the ‘money’ corner of my desk is a great place to start. (Cutting + wealth = very bad juju.)

In her article, Feng Shui for Writers, Master Feng Shui Consultant Kathryn Weber points out that “good feng shui is like creativity; it must be flowing.” Likewise, fluid prose is a pleasure to write and a joy to read. Writers owe it to ourselves, and our readers, to arrange our work environments so they facilitate the flow of creative energy, not hinder it.

By the way, the term “feng shui” translates as “wind-water”—two elements whose inherent movement promises change. This has inspired my new motivational, though less-than-poetic, motto: “Stagnation Sucks.”

What have you done to improve the chi (energy) of your work space? Do you notice a difference in your writing?



Cricket McRae said...

Timely post, Jenny. I recently picked up a book from the library on feng shui, and cleared almost everything off my desk. It was amazing how much easier it was to concentrate. Unfortunately, I've already collected three stacks of stuff to wade through since then. Any tips for KEEPING my desk clean? ; - )
Hearth Cricket

Carol Kilgore said...

Interesting. My desk is . . . well, I'll just say it holds more than nine items.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I haven’t done a thing, but I find Feng Shui fascinating. I’m going to try a few little things and see if that helps. I have a feeling I might have scissors in my money corner. Thanks for the tips and the links.

Jenny S. said...

Thanks for your comments. I hope you all have lots of positive chi flowing wherever you sit down to write!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Jenny, I just looked over at my desk and laughed. That desk was completely cleaned off on the 16th of April, and now it's underpaper again. Back to work...

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hey, Kerrie and Writing Bug bloggers, I'm passing an award on to you at my blog today. Please stop over and your convenience and pick up the logo.

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