VIDEO: The Feng Shui of Decluttering – An Interview with Author Lanier Isom

Katie had the pleasure of working with Lanier Isom, the author of Grace and Grit, helping her to go on a DECLUTTER BINGE of sorts.  They laughed, they cried, and together they created a new and healthier living space for Lanier and her family.

See what Lanier has to say about “stuff, and how it is not just “stuff,” but actually representations of deeper issues, likes, and dislikes going on in your life, including family dynamics, psychological blocks, and eventually a path to a greater sense of self and freedom.

Thanks, Lanier, for a great interview!



Why Red Doors are a Cliche in Feng Shui

You may have heard the cliche in Feng Shui concerning red front doors:  that if your front door is red, it’s good Feng Shui or to have good Feng Shui, your front door must be red.  The answer to this is NO, this is not true! You absolutely do not need a red front door for good chi. In fact, you don’t have to have a single drop of red on your entire property!

However, I like to say that cliches are cliches for a reason.  Sometimes, a home just calls for that red front door, and if it does, I am sure to suggest it, knowing full well that the client may or may not resonate with it!  After all, the red front door can be a major cure.

In the case of Lanier Isom, author of Grace and Grit, the red front door was the perfect answer.  Her home is set back on the property and the driveway curves in a certain way so that chi was escaping before it could reach the entrance to her home.   Symbolically, this could represent missed opportunities for the inhabitants, as well as health issues and the like.  Besides, Lanier was tired of the “shutter” door (like a screen door) that covered the glass pane door, so she decided to get rid of it, and update the remaining door with a fresh coat of paint.

How delighted I was when she agreed on the red!  Why?  Because I know how powerful a charge a red front door can give a space.  It’s like shouting out to the Universe, “Helloooo, I’m here, and I’m ready for ALL THE GOOD you have to send my way!  Woohooooo!!!  See me, I’m here!  Bring it on!”   A red front door has the potential to change EVERYTHING for the better.  And it works fast.

Sure enough, Lanier had some unexpected career opportunities appear out of nowhere soon after painting the door.  🙂  Whether it’s the work she’s done over the past year with decluttering and Feng Shui, or just the door itself, we will never know, nor does it matter.

The point is, the “face lift” she’s given to her home is serving her and her family in ways unseen and invisible.  Plus, it’s just pretty, don’t you think?


How Pets Are Great Feng Shui

You all hear me use the word, “chi” a lot.  “Chi” translates loosely to “energy” in English.

In Feng Shui, we want to promote positive, free-flowing chi in the home so that a person can cultivate a positive, in-the-flow life.

There are gazillions of ways to cultivate chi…and pets are one of them.  As long as they are healthy and happy, a sweet dog, cat, or other loving and well-loved animal brings life — and unconditional love (the best chi of all) — into the home!

So please, take care of and thank your sweet furry or feathery or scaly friend, because they are doing way, way more for you than you know!

Note:  if you are considering adopting a pet, please go to your local shelters first!  There are many abandoned, sweet animals that need homes.  Also, only give an animal as a gift if you are 100% sure that the recipient can afford the time and care it takes to give the love the pet deserves and needs.  


Easy Fixes for Major Life Change using Feng Shui

Once again, I emphasize the importance of the front entrance for attracting positive vibes into your life!

An important thing to take note of is the fact that even seemingly small annoyances can actually be representative of big rifts in the positive flow of energy.  Think about it:  In Jill’s case here, her mailbox would not open properly, and every time she went to get the mail, it took some slightly extra effort.  Plus, this flaw was noticeable to the “subconscious eye” of anyone visiting.  Therefore, given that this is at the ever-important front entrance, there was a lower quality of chi entering the home in general!  No matter how well-decorated the interior is, this “little” problem was actually causing major rifts in the positive potential of the home!  Since everything is symbolic in Feng Shui, this meant that there was a general lower vibe in the inhabitants’ lives.  The little mailbox issue was not so little!

But how cool is it that such an easy fix (just fix the darn mailbox!) can raise the vibration in a major way!


How Furniture Is More Than Just Furniture in Feng Shui

People come to me, not to just improve the look and feel of their homes, but with their life issues.  It’s my job to find “clues” around their homes and offices that could possibly be symbolic blocks to the lives they are desiring.

Furniture is a key component to promoting Feng Shui in a space, but the ways it is affecting you may surprise you.

Think about it:  If someone wanted to find a romantic partner, and they were sleeping in a  single bed, wouldn’t that be a powerful signal to the Universe that there wasn’t room for that special someone?

When someone wants better connection to their community, but their living room furniture is set up so that it really is comfortable only for one or two people, that too can be sending the message out of: I want to be alone!

Sometimes, it’s a simple shift in the layout of the furniture, but in some cases, a client may need to make new purchases.

Here, we are back with Stephen Fletcher, owner of The Yoga Circle in Birmingham, Alabama, and we discuss how his choice for improved shelving actually helps promote business!



My Fave Declutter Books

Don’t even get me started on clutter  (Just put the word “declutter” or “clutter” into the Search window on my blog, and you’ll get some goodies!)  Hope you all will join me in January for the BIG CLEAN OUT in preparation for Chinese New Year.  Class starts Jan 13th and lasts 27 days!  DO IT!  Make 2016 the best yet!


Music for a Higher Vibe

We all know how a good song can shift our mood, right?  After all, sound IS vibration.  Shift the energy in your home (or in this case, your car) and you’ll feel immediate results!

Here’s a quick listen at one of my favorite artists for raising my vibration (and yes, I get a little enthusiastic at the end here).   Enjoy!

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