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How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part II

Well, I hope playing rock music met the negative chi of your messy closet or basement head-on ! Today, we’re going to be more assertive with these disaster areas, but we’ll fall just short of disassembling them. This is gentle work, best done in the given sequence. Let’s take a deep breath and begin.

1. Bring a tall standing lamp over to your troubled basement or closet. Take care that you keep your mess illuminated without setting your home on fire.


2. If you have any bells in the house–musical bell toys, or bells like this–shake them in the vicinity of your well lit mess. Or, grab a kitchen pan and wooden spoon and bang away for a good fifteen minutes. This will make the mess think, “Hmmm. Something’s definitely different.”

3. As you ring and bang, enjoying all the new light and noise you are shedding on your situation, visualize how you want this area to look. Aim high. Think Pottery Barn or The Container Store.


4. Grab a ladder and hang a windchime or large crystal above your awakening chaos. Here are some nice ones.

5. As you prepare to quit for the day, pray (in whatever way you feel comfortable) for the strength to clear out all the objects you don’t need.

6. Avoid drowning yourself in ice cream or other comforting carbohydrates. Come on, you can do this.


7. Check out your local flea market for attractive storage containers and baskets to house the parts of the mess you’re keeping. Buy biodegradable garbage bags for whatever you decide to toss and can’t give away or recycle.

8. Peek in at the mess. Repeat prayers and visualizations.

Monday: Arm-wrestling the clutter devil!

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Agnes C. Wallace

posted August 26, 2006 at 3:29 am

I was sure that after doing all the psychic preparation to attack the Vodo mess it would just disappear. Do you mean that I still must clean it, anyway?! What a disappointment. At least now, it will be more FUN! Thanks,>

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posted August 26, 2006 at 4:03 am

Okay. I’m in the middle of reading most of your back entries (I should get started on January) because I’ve found your blog to be very interesting and inspiring. 99.9% of your entries make sense to me–this one is in that .1% that makes me go, “what the frig?!!” Right now I’m at one of those times when my room could use a good clean-up (I’m one of those gals who lets her room get to the point where it looks like Hurricane Katrina swept through–minus mold, mildew, spoiled food…..), but I don’t believe that by playing heavy-metal and banging around and praying–without taking any direct action–the mess will somehow get up and walk away. For example: “8. Peek in at the mess. Repeat prayers and visualizations.” Hello?! “If life were like that, there wouldn’t be” vacuum-cleaners, mops, brooms, dustpans…. When the frig are you going to get in there and CLEAN?! (Don’t worry–I still like your blog.)>

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Iris Alantiel

posted August 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Hey, I’m not complaining. This is the mmost inventive procrastination strategy I’ve ever seen. One recommendation, Ms. Cunningham – this is all very interesting, but I’m new to this sort of thing, and it would help a lot if you would explain why it’s necessary to take all these elaborate measures instead of just diving in there and getting started.>

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posted August 26, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Okay, y’all just don’t get it. OF COURSE the mess will have to be dealt with piece by piece, but in the meantime, this approach is doing something different. Can’t quite explain it, but having my “mess” listen to Janis Joplin all day is stirring up all sorts of old and good reasons to get rid of it. “Nothing–that’s all that Bobby left me.” I know I’ll be able to sort with more awareness. To someone with my particular mindframe, this is “da bomb” (see? it’s even making me use slang I ordinarily wouldn’t–must be making a change at a deep psychic level. By the way, I also have to do 19th Century hymns, because half of this stuff was my Dad’s, and it requires a different approach. All very intuitive….>

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posted August 28, 2006 at 8:29 pm

So, I’m continuing to experiment with this approach, and I really do love it. I’ve had to make some changes, though–again, intuitive. Taking a cue from one of the writers, I’m going with the theory that 1)the little dust and clutter entities are real, and they like the weird stuff I’ve been doing to wake them up and prepare them for CHANGE, and 2)this is also about my internal as well as external stuff. SO-O-O I’ve been painting the outside of my house while the inside is getting the psychic music/bell cleansing. And my wonderful windchimes are both tied to the porch in such a way that they would be hard to remove. I’m painting my porch in such a way that I can’t help activating the windchimes frequently–by clanging against them with my head. NOt intentional, but it happens. And I finally think, “Oh, I get it. I don’t have to hang the windchime inside. I’m out here making a HUGE change in the psychic energy of the house, and at the same time, I’m making the windchimes chatter literally in my head–which is sending the message to the STUFF that it is next.” Three at one blow–the outside of the house, the stuff inside the house, and my thoughts about all of that.>

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posted August 29, 2006 at 7:48 pm

This blog has put a smile on my face…replacing the frown ’cause I am facing a “bless this mess” situation. My hubby is complaining and demanding that I throw out what has not been used (of my stuff)a period of 1 yr. I’m fighting tooth and nail. I will now try a few pointers..I’m visualizing “container store” or “Ca. Closet type” organization. I truly believe I will accomplish something.Hardest part is getting started. I’ll up-date when I make some head-way. Thanks to>

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posted September 8, 2006 at 5:58 am

Hi, I’m recently married and have found that spending time with my loved one or (thinking) about him and his wonderful revelations is keeping me riveted to his dulcit tones all day. Any strategies for doing the housework when I’m surrounded by a wonderful sexy distraction Thanks in advance>

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