Start Where you Are.
If you are living in a dorm room (been there, done that), you don’t have a lot of options in terms of space and organization. Overcrowding and other limitations can make it a challenge. Still, thanks to progress in portable furniture (I wish IKEA had been around when I was in school!) you have a variety of inexpensive options. If, like I was, you are on a serious budget, talk to relatives, neighbors, and even friends. Chances are, someone is a hoarder and won’t mind loaning you (or giving you) that old couch they’ve had in their attic/basement/garage. If anything, they may thank you for giving them a reason to gloat (“See, I KNEW it would be useful someday. Now, aren’t you glad we didn’t get rid of it?”) If you share an apartment or a house? Start with your room. If you share a room? Your half of the closet doesn’t have to look like a summer home for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Start where you are. Even if you are the only one in your family who is familiar with the idea, you can make a difference by starting small. Do your bedroom but leave the kids’ rooms for later. Hit the kitchen or dining room but leave the other areas for down the road. Start where you are.
Don’t forget the office. From file cabinets to your desktop, feng shui can make a positive difference in your life. Having an organized work area can make a huge difference. In Terah Kathryn Collins’ book The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Prosperity, she gives several examples of people who, after applying feng shui principles to their places of work, had positive life changes.
When I was working as a “junior astronaut” in the technology world, I stumbled upon a storage closet packed top to bottom with old technical manuals and old software tapes (back in the day – ahem). There were also cabinets stuffed with old cables and drives and floppy disks (5 1/4s – remember those?). I took it upon myself to clean that insanity out and to organize it.
(I had an ulterior motive. I squirreled away those manuals and read them in my spare time while I worked toward my dream job. I also needed a place to stage equipment to learn while on the job since the money wasn’t always there to send me to formalized training.)
It took me an entire weekend but even that little bit of feng shui (I didn’t even know at the time that organizing and clearing out clutter were major cornerstones of feng shui) produced dramatic changes for me. For one thing, once the other space rangers got a look at what I was doing, I found myself with a bunch of helpful elves. They not only snatched up a few of the manuals for themselves, they pointed out which ones I would want to pay special attention to and which ones were so outdated, it wouldn’t be worth my time.
Another magical thing happened. When they saw that I was trying to build a little staging area where I could get hands on experience, they began donating computers (albeit older) and volunteered to help me learn the ropes.
The magic didn’t stop there. Once the district manager saw what was happening and how serious I was about working my way toward that dream position, he authorized the manager to send me to training. As I became trained, I was given more responsibility, and eventually, I was given the position (and the pay) to reflect the work I was doing. And all because I started where I was, cleaning out that storage closet…