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Feng Shui Basics: Dust!

It happens.  It’s inevitable.  Most of us try our hardest to keep it away but alas, more of it always returns.  We all know about the respiratory problems that dust can cause, and we know that dust is unsightly.  I won’t even get into what it actually consists of – it ain’t pretty.  As a child, I was always particularly sensitive to dust.  Not from a medical standpoint, but from a grammatical one.  I was curious about the word.  To clean dust you have to dust.  You dust dust! 

“What are you doing?”

“I’m dusting.” 

Dusting dust.  It must be a significant thing to do when the very act of getting rid of it is its own name.  Basic Feng Shui, no matter what type you practice, confirms that it is extremely important.  Here’s why:  Dust hangs on to negative energy, or Chi.  Think of dust as a magnet.  It’s on all of your surfaces, even hanging in the corners of your walls sometimes (Come on, admit it) and it is attracting negative Chi. 

Negative Chi is the accumulation of all kinds of things including feelings and emotions.  That argument you had with your husband, the fit you threw when your teenager came home with a tattoo, the sleepless night that made you wake up in a crabby mood, stressing over an upcoming work presentation… it fills the space in your home (or workplace) with negative Chi, which clings to the dust that keeps it there.  Believe me, you don’t want or need negative Chi.  It stagnates your life, even limits you in various ways.  The solution is to dust the dust regularly. Make it part of your daily routine just to keep it up as you go along with your day.

I would also recommend a thorough cleaning at least a couple of times a year.  Get yourself a Swiffer with a long handle, open up some windows, turn on some snappy tunes and dust the ceilings, walls and all surfaces.  Take couch cushions outside and swat the dust out of them, vacuum like crazy underneath everything, mop floors, wipe down kitchen counters and cabinets – inside and out.  Clean glass (windows, doors) and mirrors.  Having two dogs, I can also recommend regularly brushing them outside.  Wipe their feet really good too with a wet rag.  Whatever you can get off of them out there will be less in your house.  This keeps down the allergens also.

If you have a particularly dusty house and you thoroughly clean it out, I promise that you will feel uplifted; and more things will start to go your way.  Take the time to do it right – it’s worth it.   Of course, there is much more to Feng Shui than dusting, but really none of that works well when you have accumulated dust. 

Clutter is just as bad, but that’s for a whole other blog post.  For now, dust the dust!

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