THE HOME

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - CABARET -

OUR home space is a re­flec­tion of our psy­cho­log­i­cal state, says life coach and feng shui prac­ti­tioner Damien Munro.

“Sim­ply put, when we have a clut­tered home, we have a clut­tered mind,” he says.

“Each area of our home re­lates to a spe­cific area in life. A great ex­am­ple: our kitchen re­lates to our over­all health. Clean your fridge, the oven and those dishes that have been pil­ing up.”

Mr Munro also sug­gests bring­ing in plenty of fresh air, keep­ing sur­faces dust-free and get­ting rid of ex­cess fur­ni­ture and nick-nacks.

“Stuffing our home causes us to feel lethar­gic and tired, and is of­ten linked to weight gain,” he says. “Re­mov­ing ex­cess items and clear­ing out the ar­eas that have been dis­or­gan­ised for a pe­riod of time will lift your mood and have you feel­ing en­er­gised in­stantly.”

Ade­laide home stylist Marie Kar­gi­o­tis con­ducts detox ses­sions for spa­ces in the home.

She agrees many peo­ple just hold on to too much stuff.

“Seventy-five per cent of peo­ple en­gage in ex­cess buy­ing which re­sults in clut­ter and hoard­ing,” she says.

“It’s proven, if you have an or­gan­ised space, you are men­tally or­gan­ised and the risks of stress and anx­i­ety are re­duced.”

Other tips for the home in­clude turn­ing the mat­tress ev­ery four months, and us­ing nat­u­ral clean­ing so­lu­tions such as lemon juice, vine­gar and bi­carb soda mix­tures.

Feng shui prin­ci­ples can also be adopted. Mr Munro’s top tips in­clude leav­ing flow­ers out of the bed­room (they zap en­ergy while you sleep) and keep­ing fruit on the dining room ta­ble.

“This shows abun­dance to the uni­verse,” Mr Munro says.

Home­wares and fash­ion bou­tique owner Lucy MacGill detoxes her home reg­u­larly.

“The way I see it, detox­ing your home is no dif­fer­ent than your body,” she says.

“Throw out any­thing that clut­ters your home and is of no value. Give it as gifts or to char­ity – added value for all.”

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