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.”