The Feng Shui Symbolism of Clutter & Spring Cleaning

Although it snowed here in Michigan on the spring equinox, technically it’s spring! And there is evidence of it….birds and squirrels are active, the days are noticeably longer and dare I say there’s more sunshine?! Spring is about the new; new beginnings, new growth, new ideas, etc. It’s also about cultivation. What is sown in the spring, is harvested later in the year. So it’s no surprise, there’s focus on cleaning and purging clutter. By doing so, you are creating space for the new to come into your life.

There is no better time of the year to tackle clutter. The lively energy of spring is a perfect match for that much needed project that requires more “juice” from ourselves to get off the ground. In addition to filling up our lives and creating stagnant energy (see post dated March 13, 2008), clutter has symbolic qualities. Where clutter collects often represents very tellings things about ourselves. In feng shui, clutter has specific meaning based on where its located.

  • Front Entrance – restricting the flow of opportunities, keeping others away
  • Attics – limiting higher aspirations
  • Basements – living in the past
  • Behind Doors – restricting the flow of opportunities
  • Out of sight – over emphasis on appearances
  • All over – self loathing

My own personal relationship with clutter has changed dramatically when I became an feng shui expert. I just wasn’t in touch with the unhealthy qualities inherent in clutter. Most times, I found clutter very disturbing yet I found a way to ignore it. Eventually, I could no longer resist the pull I felt and addressed it. Now that I’m more ‘hip’ to its negative effects, I’ve diligently tamed the beast! And my life is noticeably better for it.

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10 responses to "The Feng Shui Symbolism of Clutter & Spring Cleaning"
  1. kristin 25/03/2008 07:51 am Reply

    u r so right! that is something that i have SLOWLY began to work on. thank u for always helpin me see the real issue! u r simply amazing!!!
    peace & love kristin~

  2. Debbie Stanley 25/03/2008 09:40 am Reply

    Catherine, as always, your energy is inspiring. Thank you for your enduring stewardship of the enlightening (and literally lightening!) teachings of feng shui.

  3. catherinehilker 25/03/2008 11:45 am Reply

    Dear Kristin & Debbie:

    You’re most welcome. It is a joy for me to read posts to my blogs.


  4. Kathy Lipschutz 13/04/2008 15:15 pm Reply


    Thanks for reaffirming my insticts which have always been repelled by clutter. I love this time of year, spring cleaning even when I get frustrated with all the details. It feels so much better after I do it and I am so open to new opportunites that it makes sense.

    Thank you for reminding me not to ignore the clutter or, as I do, just put it in another pile. My office has always been the most difficult for me,hmmm? I wonder what that menas?!?

    Kathy Lipschutz
    Organized Within
    Leawood, Kansas

  5. catherinehilker 13/04/2008 16:23 pm Reply

    Dear Kathy:

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I recognize you from the IA group and I appreciate you checking out my blog. I have a question in regards to your office, do you love your work?

  6. Kathleen Tumpane 14/04/2008 15:27 pm Reply

    Hi Catherine,

    I learn something every day…this time, two somethings! I didn’t know that clutter all over meant “self loathing.” That does make sense. I also find it interesting that clutter behind closed doors (cabinet, room) = emphasis on “looking good” externally. It explains why people strongest in Metal energy have immaculate spaces until you open their closets or a store room. Their homes are ready for the camera crew, as long as you don’t open anything closed!

  7. catherinehilker 14/04/2008 15:55 pm Reply

    Hi Kathleen:

    Thanks for your comments….what a nice surprise to find you here! I agree about the metal comment…..I’m a very metal person and can relate!!!

  8. sandrar 10/09/2009 09:30 am Reply

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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