My work is with energy so I thought I would give a few quick tips on preparing the home for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. Our children will be out of school soon for the break and people may be parading in and out of our homes for present swapping, large family meals and parties. With all of the hosting going on, we want to make sure that the home is inviting, clean and balanced. If there is one thing I’ve realized, it’s that no matter how enlightened we tend to feel or think we are, wait until family comes around, then let me know how that’s working out for everyone. Hahaha! Don’t let something like the home’s energy be the catalyst for craziness.
Tip #1: Declutter and Organize
First thing this morning, my family of four tackled the kids’ playroom. Christmas is coming up soon and I don’t want to bring new things in when we are being overrun by the old. There was a huge mess of torn up plastic (little boys who like to ‘figure how things work’), papers ripped out of coloring books, scattered broken crayons and random clothing. (How did your glove get mixed in with Mr. Potato Head?). I started by getting the baby to find all of his cars and put them in a bucket by his road rug, then me and the other two began piecing toys back together, throwing away the broken, donating those that don’t get much love or play anymore and organizing books, balls, and games. It turned out to be a pretty simple task. It teaches our kids how to work together and helps balance the energy of that room.
If the thought of decluttering and organizing depresses or overwhelms you because it’s such a huge mess, then start small. Take on one room at a time or better yet, one little area in a room such as a closet or bookshelf. Set a timer for 15, 30 or 60 minutes and whatever you get done in that time is all that you do for the day as far as organizing goes. If you stay at it until you have worked through the home, then eventually it will all get done. Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t stress.
Tip #2: Balance Out the Elements Present in the Home
When the weather is cold, rainy or snowy outside (aka water and Air elements), we need to balance this by bringing in the fire and earth elements. We often do this by fires in fireplaces and colors of red, orange, green and brown displayed inside as decor. This is good but often there becomes an imbalance with too much, so make sure to balance the home’s color with displays of white and blue, too. Also, research of color psychology shows that color dramatically effects moods, feelings and emotions. Color is a powerful tool used for energy work and communication so be aware of what is most prevalent in your home and the energetic messages it could be sending to the guests of your home. (We don’t want Aunt Sally getting pissed off and throwing mashed potatoes across the dinner table because she’s been staring at your red wall for too long!)
A few things to know about Color:
Red: Stimulates the body and mind, increases circulation. Evokes strong emotion and intensity such as anger and increased athletic performance.
Yellow: Stimulates the nerves and purifies the body. Most fatiguing to the eye. Cheery and warm but people are more prone to anger and frustration, as well as crying babies, in yellow rooms.
Blue: Believed to soothe illness and treat pain. Most preferred color by men, brings feelings of peace, serenity and productivity but can also produce sadness when overdone. Shown to lower pulse rate.
White: brings feelings of purity and innocence as well as feelings of cold, bland and sterile.
Orange: Increases energy levels. Brings about excitement, enthusiasm, warmth and draws attention.
Green: represents nature and brings about feelings of tranquility, good luck, and health. Has a calming effect, relieves stress and is seen as representing fertility.
Violet: represents royalty, wealth, wisdom and spirituality. Comes across as exotic or artificial.
Brown: Brings about feelings of strength, reliability, warmth, comfort, security, sadness or isolation.
Black: often symbolizes feelings of power, menace or evil.
Tip #3: Move Something!
Just by rearranging the furniture, taking the rugs or pillows out for a good dusting or fluffing, and changing the locations of knickknacks, pictures and books you are changing the energy pattern in your home. Pushing the desk in your office over by 2 inches allows new space and energy to move and be utilized. I also recommend getting a white sage stick and smudging your home. This is not required but it’s always a great idea. Then notice how different, lighter or better the air feels around you.
I hope you find these tips to be helpful for bringing in 2014 and that you have a memorable and loving holiday season! <3 Erica