Design2Share's Anonymous UK Correspondent - Feng Shui principles dictate that you curtail clutter around your home so good energy can circulate. But unless you live in an enormous mansion or are incredibly ruthless about throwing things away, then the chances are that every spare space in your home is used as some kind of storage. I have yet to see a garage that only has a car in it, and have never had the pleasure of meeting an empty under-stairs cupboard. I actually think this would be kind of weird!
As for kitchens, most people don’t have an empty shelf available - and upstairs, it’s the same story with every nook and cranny under double beds and on top of wardrobes in use. If we're not careful, things can start to look cluttered so it's always a good idea to try and filter unwanted possessions out as often as possible. Luckily, storage is big business and there are lots of solutions out there to choose from. Whether you go for built-in units or simply pack up items in stylish boxes to match your décor, you're sure to find a way to keep things tidier and more Feng-Shui friendly.
If the storage situation in your home is bothering you, then try to keep one room storage free and create a bit of a sanctuary for yourself. The master bedroom is ideal for this, as the more peaceful you feel the better you'll sleep. If you're interested in the principals of Feng Shui, then you'll also be glad to know that you're right on track when you eliminate storing anything under your bed. Make the most of the space under guest beds instead, and see if you can feel the benefit. If all else fails, then there's always the loft (attic, to you Americans)! But be careful, once the box goes up there, your things could be lost forever unless you label it properly and take the time to stack things in order, with the labels facing out.
The simple rule is to ask yourself if you really need something before you stash it away. If the answer is yes, then just make sure you keep it neatly stowed away. Easy! (And the converse is true. If you don't need something, throw it away, sell it, or donate it.)