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By Sheila Kennedy
Springtime brings warmer temperatures, sunshine and for many, the urge to spring clean. Today let’s concentrate on cleaning out the negative emotional energy our physical surroundings hold to make way for positive energy.
Environment plays a big part in our emotional well-being and is really one of the many ways we can express personal power. As a home stager, I helped numerous people reorganize and redesign their personal living or working space because it contributed to the power loss in their lives. In many cases their environment held them back from success because it did not inspire, relax or energize them.
There are many elements that can cause a power loss from a personal space. They run the gamut from being disorganized, too cramped, too expansive — yes, some spaces are so big the space planning becomes very difficult — too cluttered and just plain evoking the wrong emotions. It is really important to take an emotional reality check of your space every so often. Spring is a great time to do that.
First, think of the space where you spend the most time. How does it make you feel? What emotions do you feel at first glance? Are those the same emotions you feel after a few minutes in the space? Really be honest with yourself — it doesn’t help if you are not.
Next, think about how you want the room to make you feel. Do you need it to be calming and soothing or energized and creative? You might want to jot down a side-by-side list of how it makes you feel and how you need it to feel. The realities of the two lists might be different then you imagined.
If there are no discrepancies between the two sets of emotions: congratulations. You have a power-filled room and you can find another way to spend the next few hours. If there is a gap between the two, let’s identify why and what can you do about it.
Let’s say the first gap is caused by disorganization and clutter. There is no easy way to get rid of this except to tackle it. Develop systems that will work for you – not something that an expert told you to try. If you won’t continue the system, then it is not worth putting the time, effort and money into it. As long as you know how to find what you need and it isn’t hampering the emotional energy of the room, then you can’t go wrong.
The next gap might be with color. This is tough because the color you chose can be too energetic for it to be soothing; or too calming to be energetic. Another problem arises when you are decorating around someone else’s tastes. Resentments can form if acceptable compromise can’t be reached about color. Color changes don’t have to mean painting either – you can add accents with items you already have that are just being displayed differently.
Check out the furniture and accessories in the room. Do any of them hold negative energy? Are you holding on to things because you think you should, but they aren’t contributing to your emotional well-being? Is there something in the room that triggers negative memories and can you possibly find a way for you to keep them, if you must, where they are not on display every day?
These are three areas that can cause a power loss, so how do you achieve a power gain in the space? Fill the room with items that inspire you and make you smile when you see them. The items and color in your space can directly affect the emotional energy the space evokes for you. Make them work to your advantage. Eliminate the discrepancies in the two lists you made earlier and you will find you have more energy and more focus on the positive thereby achieving a power gain.
When your space inspires you rather than weighs you down, you will love the surge of personal power that will then extend to the other areas of your life.
Sheila Kennedy is a Speaker with Spark and creator of J29 Project. Formerly of Elizabethtown, she lives in Rochester, N.Y., and can be reached at email@example.com.