Just Clean Your Room

Cleanliness is not just next to Godliness - it's also good for your health!

Excerpted from Feng Shui and Health, The Anatomy of a Home, Using Feng Shui to Disarm Illness, Accelerate Recovery, and Create Optimal Health by Nancy SantoPietro. Copyright 2002 by Nancy SantoPietro. Excerpted by permission of Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House Inc.

Nancy Santopietro is an expert in feng shui (pronounced "phong shway"), the ancient Chinese practice of configuring one's environment to harmonize with nature.


One of the most influential factors governing your health today is the amount of clutter you have amassed in your home (especially the bedroom) and workplace. Even if at first the clutter doesn't seem to be causing a health problem, over time it tends to have a cumulative effect on the body. It becomes what I call an opportunist interior factor waiting for a particularly stressful time in your life to do its thing and zap a specific area of the body or organ that was rendered vulnerable.

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The issue of clutter is very important. [In fact,] if you follow only one piece of advice, let it be this: Clean out your home, office, garage, basement, and attic, for you cannot make a stronger adjustment from which your whole life and overall health will benefit. The hallways, foyers, stairways and entranceways are the arteries and veins that run through your home: they carry the life force to all the different areas throughout your space. When these crucial avenues are blocked with clutter, it's analogous to having high amounts of cholesterol in your blood, and it's just as dangerous to your health.

Clutter has many characteristics, depending on where it accumulates in your home. The energetic dynamics of clutter are often related to issues that you hide away and don't want to deal with. Clutter creates creativity obstacles in our lives. It helps to slow us down, sabotage our dreams, and throw a monkey wrench in the workings of the "divine order." We humans love to use clutter to avoid dealing with our life and our feelings.

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