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Chinese New Year

Chinese Lunar New Year is coming up on 1 February in line with the next full moon. The full moon plays such an important role in Islamic and Chinese traditions. This means that now is the perfect time to declutter if you follow the Chinese Lunar calendar.

Chinese tradition and superstition states to clean and declutter your home before the start of the Lunar New Year. This is said to rid the home of any bad luck and misfortune of the past, while opening space for all the new, good luck to enter and infuse your life. In Mandarin, this deep clean is referred to as Sao Nian, which literally means to sweep away the year, but extends beyond just cleaning to repairing or discarding broken items, finishing home projects, and decluttering the home. According to Feng Shui, clutter represents stagnated energy. Through Chinese medicine we know that the word stagnated refers to energy that is stuck and therefore results in pain or disease. Clutter brings forth the same kind of energy. One place to especially declutter is under your bed. Don't keep old memories, photos, clothing, etc. under there. The space where you sleep should be as clear as possible. If you're in need of storage, you can use the space for linens and such. Tips to raise the energy in the room after you have decluttered: Use natural light whenever possible. Keep all electrical appliances away from the bed. Burn natural aromatic oils or incense to raise the energy of the room. Take some time to make your bed every morning and thank it for supporting you every night. Use candles in the corners and centre of the room to move stuck energy. Add details like plants, fresh air flowing through the windows and a bowl of fruit in the kitchen to symbolise life force energy. Donate any items you no longer use. People are especially in need right now, so instead of appliances, clothes, dishware, furniture, whatever it may be taking up space in your home, give it to someone that could benefit from it. The English saying is, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

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