Green is where the Heart Is for December 24th, 2014

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 24 December 2014 05:00

“For every bag of items that you acquire over the holidays, remove the new items, then refill the bag with items to donate, pass-on, recycle, or trash. Before you know it, you’ll have less clutter and more space to store your new things, so they are easier to get to, enjoy and put away.” ~ Melody Grainger, Professional Organizer

By by Mo Linquist

If you saw my house right now you would know this article is written for me not you.  I have three more days to finish wrapping gifts for family, complete the sewing of 2 card table size spaceships for my four-year-old grandsons and pack for a trip to warmer weather to enjoy time with siblings.  One of our guest bedrooms is bulging with gifts to be wrapped.  My sewing room is hard to maneuver around and because my car needs to have the seats down to provide a large space in the back to transport items, the child car seats and other things that usually stay put are piled high in our carport adding overwhelm to injury when I pull into my parking space at home.   
Unlike Christmas past, Randy was not in the mood this year to go overboard with the decorations outside the house, but I did insist on a small 5-foot palm tree in my living room and carefully chose the ornaments with which to decorate.  They are all ‘Christmas at the beach type’ collected while living here over the past 10 years.  Decorating the tree is a sacred ritual.  With Christmas carols playing in the background I take the time to go through our ornaments reminiscing through 40 years of Christmases.
The thought occurs to me that the recent fire victims on our island lost their collections and a little grieving enters my soul.  I think about my close friends and the family members they have lost this year.  My own stepmother passed over in January of this year and how sad it was as I took her name off my Christmas list.  I think of the items she gave me over the years and realize it is the memories, not the actual items that keep her with me always.  Life seems fragile and precious at the same time.  We humans are resilient, though.  It is how we have made it through this evolutionary process.  We begin today to make new memories.
In a Care2 article Professional Organizer Melody Grainger is quoted as saying, “While everyone has a different tolerance level of how many possessions they can have around them before they hit a energy-zapping breaking point, they rarely understand how deeply a lot of stuff — even if it is organized beautifully — is invisibly weighing them down and slowing them down. There are a lot of actions that have to happen in order to continue caring for many possessions, which takes up your time, reduces your open space, involves more decision-making, tests your patience, and requires energy to keep up with it all! Stuff or ‘clutter’ takes up physical and mental energy, which is why it can be such a HUGE energy sapper. You may have heard the saying, ‘less is more.’ It’s an incredible statement that holds so much truth to it, because when we have less we tend to make decisions faster, receive a TON more focus and energy, and life is just plain easier.”
Today as I work to finish a few more projects, I will fill up one grocery bag (precisely why I ask for paper) with unneeded items around me.  It occurs to me I already have one bag started for donation and a bag of plastic bags ready to go to Food Lion for recycling. 
A lot has been carried into this house this month.  It is time for a lot to be carried out.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and space to move freely in the New Year.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, 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, 20 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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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