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35 Things You Need to Throw Out (According to Feng Shui!)

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One of the main points of feng shui is to optimize the energy flow in your home (and therefore your life.)

The better the energy flows throughout your home, the more life will flow outside of your home. 

After all, your home reflects the energy of everyone who lives in it – whether that energy is good or bad. 

By using feng shui in your home, you can optimise that energy to help you create a more positive life.

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Decluttering your home is one way to really influence it’s energy. 

Not only does it “stir up the Chi” and get rid of stagnant energy, but it also makes room for new things to enter your life. 

And if you have a negative association with what you’re getting rid of, then it can also uplift the energy by getting rid of those things that weigh you down.

Here are a bunch of things you might have in your home that can weigh down its energy.

stacks of clutter on a coffee table

35 Things to Get Rid of for Good Feng Shui!

Broken Items

Broken items should be one of the first things to go.  Even if you’re hanging onto them because you might fix them one day, it’s time to get honest with yourself.  How long have you been hanging onto the broken thing? If it’s more than a couple of months, do yourself a favor and get rid of it!

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Dead Plants

I get it, I get attached to my plants, too. But if you have a bunch of plants that aren’t thriving (and haven’t for months) it’s time to compost them. 

Think about it this way: in feng shui, each area of your home corresponds to a different area of your life

Wherever you’re keeping the dying/dead plants is affecting that area of your life! If you’re okay with that, then keep them.😉 If not, it’s time to get new plants!

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Items That Never Get Used

If you have a bunch of items in your home that don’t get used – ever – they will collect stagnant energy.

Look for things like:

  • Old electronics
  • Gifts that went straight to a closet or drawer
  • Toys that don’t get played with
  • Seasonal decor
  • Small appliances
  • Items in junk drawers
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Items That Reflect A Past You

The things in your home reflect moments in time. 

If you have a lot of things that reflect where you’ve been instead of where you’re going, they can subconsciously hold you back. 

Of course you don’t have to get rid of everything all at once, but really consider if you’ll realistically use them in the next year. 

If you don’t want to get rid of them right away, you can put them in a box and write the date on it.

Put it somewhere you won’t see it, and then if you never revisit the box over the next year, get rid of it.

Look for things like:

  • Supplies for crafts you never use
  • Supplies for hobbies you no longer do
  • Old journals/planners
  • Decor items you don’t love
  • Books you won’t read
  • Souvenirs you no longer care about
  • Fridge magnets
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit or you never wear
  • Old photos that reflect past times that don’t make you happy
  • Old prescription glasses
  • Medical devices you no longer use
  • Old exercise equipment
  • Old sports equipment
calm, serene living room with pastel colors

Things That Pile Up

Sometimes clutter comes in the form of things we just haven’t gotten to yet. 

Mail comes and it goes in a pile.

You read a magazine and it goes in a pile.

You buy groceries and the older groceries get shoved to the back of the pantry. 

It’s good to go through all of the areas that tend to collect things over time, like your closet, pantry, fridge, linen closets, nightstand, paperwork storage – anything you know you really should sort through. 

Don’t underestimate how cleaning out these areas will make you feel!

Look for things like:

  • Expired food
  • Expired medicine
  • Expired batteries
  • Old magazines/newspapers
  • Old mail
  • Paperwork that is several years old and no longer relevant
  • Business cards/flyers
  • Bedding with holes in it
  • Towels with holes in them
  • Beauty products
  • Cleaning products
  • Car maintenance products
  • Garden tools
  • Old furniture
  • Donation piles
  • Old and/or sad artwork
organized pantry

Digital Clutter

While you’re doing all of this decluttering, don’t forget your electronic devices!

So many things pile up there and it gets overwhelming fast. 

In fact, why not just delete those emails and texts you know you’re never going to get to?

It can free up so much mental chatter when you aren’t seeing those notifications piling up. 

And while you’re at it, you can subscribe to a service like Unroll Me to help you sort your emails into a daily digest, keeping them out of your inbox!

Now that you know what to get rid of for good feng shui, you might also want to check out:

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healthy plants in front of a window with a text overlay that says: 35 things to get rid of according to feng shui