Prepping for the Dragon

January 12, 2012
Organized Kitchen

Another chance for Chinese New Year. photo:

Now that the western New Year has come and gone, it’s time for a second chance – Chinese New Year! This year it arrives earlier than usual on January 23rd. In order to prep for Chinese New Year, Chinese families usually do a huge cleaning, both at home and in finances. This ensures that the new year will bring you good health, wealth and happiness.

Green Cleaning

Use natural products to clean your home as often as possible. photo:

I realize though that when I mention the words “organize” or “whole house cleaning”, people want to run for the hills. I’m with you on that one. What I have discovered has worked for myself and many of my clients is doing things in bite-size pieces. It’s an easier and gentler way than blocking off your entire weekend from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Think about cleaning and organizing as mini-projects. For example, instead of cleaning the whole kitchen, clean just the fridge or just the oven. Much more manageable.

To avoid an organizational breakdown, I always have my clients do the following:

  1. Make a list of what needs to be done in each room. Breaking down your project on paper in bite size steps will make that mountain look like a mole hill.
  2. Prioritize what really need to be done but be realistic. Fix the broken clock. Buy new humidifier. Refinish the dining room table. Clean out the garage. Feed the cat. Yikes, reading that just makes me want to crawl back under the covers. Read your list, choose  the top 2 or 3 and and get to it. When you’re done, pour yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee or (you fill in the blank here). Pat yourself on the back for having finished what you have already done. You’re a champ!
  3. Set your intention. Why do you want to clean out the garage? So the kids have more room to play or you have a creative space to do your crafts? Whatever the reason, make sure you have one and it’s very clear. Let’s say you want a craft space. When you are tackling the task, keep the image of yourself enjoying the bright and organized space and perhaps even visualize the things you are creating. Doesn’t that feel great? Have this feeling when you are organizing and the process will be a more enjoyable one.
  4. Give yourself a time limit. I’m so serious about this one. Set your alarm before you start. When the alarm goes off, you stop. You heard me right. You s-t-o-p. Just pay attention to the time while you are in the midst of the task so that you don’t get caught with your all your fridge’s contents on your counter when the ringer goes off.
  5. Pay your debts as best as you can. Ideally, you will have paid back all your debt in full. If that’s not possible, pay what you can but set a concrete plan to pay off the reminder (auto deduct from your paycheck, pre-dated checks for the next 12 months, etc). Intention in Feng Shui plays a very important role.

We’re all human and we can only do the best we can. So make that list, take some things off of it, set your intention and enjoy the satisfaction of getting your home ready as best as you can at this moment. C’mon Dragon, we’re ready for you!

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