Green is where the Heart Is for February 24th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

“If a gift has come to you wrapped in obligations and tied tightly with a ribbon of guilt, then it's not really a gift at all. It's a manipulation. A gift should be something freely given that enhances your life and reminds you lovingly of the giver. If it's not, you simply should not give it a place in your home.”  ~ Peter Walsh

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

During the forty days of lent leading up to Easter, my niece Becky challenged me to remove one thing from my closet each day, to give away or throw away and to date, my pile heightens. 
Today I received a Facebook request from a high school friend who hosts a group on Facebook called Conquer the Clutter Design Challenge which is a group to support you in getting organized, support you in the process, and celebrate your success.  Over the next four weeks, Randi will be showing you her step-by-step process for making this happen.  The challenge officially starts February 22, and takes place in her private Facebook community – Conquer the Clutter Design Challenge.  Ask to join if you think the accountability could help you. 
My friend Richard Harrison told me “Mo, I've had the same amount of hangers in my closet as long as I can remember. When something new comes in something gets donated. Same goes for linen, shoes etc.”  He is one smart guy. 
Most people who have a lot of clutter probably think, "I might need these someday, these might be valuable, or my favorite, these might fit again if I lose (or gain) weight.”  Chances are, even if you do need some item someday, the process of actually putting your hands on it WHEN you need it becomes daunting. 
How much time have you spent looking for that item you KNOW you have somewhere. 
Randy and I are clearing out space and as my friend Tracy says, “Making room for Joy!”  As we are building our new home, weekly I am looking at a drawer full of stuff and eliminating everything I do to want to move with me.  Today I disposed of medicine which expired in 2012.  What if everything in our homes had an expiration date?  That would make it so much easier.  That cute little black leather skirt that I wore when I weighed 117 lbs is NEVER going to fit me again and even if it did would anyone want to see the legs of a 60 year old woman who is not Tina Turner?
On one hand I resist this throw away society and invest in wood furniture that is well made and will last a long time.  An antique group of bedroom furniture we have had for forty years will bring me enough money to pay for the beds to be built-in, in the newly designed bunk room.  That makes fiscal sense.
On the other hand just because something is ‘valuable’ doesn’t mean it has to live with me forever.  My open space will be just as refreshing as my decorated areas.  Negative space like negative ions allow us to breathe more freely.
“Use it, love it or get rid of it,” is what Denise Linn has taught me.  This time of challenge I am also going to move it on and I am totally in agreement with regifting if the shoe fits.  No strings attached, of course. xo mo
 Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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