When you must #StayInside it's a good opportunity to appreciate; take care of and maybe de-clutter every piece of furniture that offers you beauty, storage, and joy. Play with your kids by making them feel joy from taking care of your special and functional items or create the clean and light energy you've always wanted for your home but didn't have the time to.
A piece of #furniture always stands there, in the corner or in front of an empty wall, carrying our stuff and becoming more and more a ‘moveless’, lifeless thing. It seems like it has no life and it is considered just a decorative or a storage item. But is this its true essence?
Any piece of furniture is made from materials and the materials are live organisms. For example, wood was once a tree. It had a life and a purpose. Maybe not a visible to us purpose but it was there for a reason. Much other life has prospered on and inside that tree and this life has left a 'flow' print at the tree’s life. And now this energy, the energy from the tree itself and from all its past inhabitants has entered our home.
Our furniture, continue to be alive. We may have cut the tree and we deprived it of its roots but this wood is still a living organism. It breaths and it needs attention. It can still attract unwanted life like woodworms or other bugs exactly because of that; because it is still alive.
It also breaths in our energy and the energy that all the stored items inside it and on it ‘exhale’.So it becomes an overloaded item just standing there not being able to do something about it.
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Well, how about we help it out? What if there was a way to love it and appreciate it and clean it from all this energy overload?
Since we #StayAtHome we have all the time in the world to take care of our valuable furniture.
#Exercise: Start with your smaller furniture (like a nightstand) and do this procedure for one furniture each day. If something is bigger (like a bookcase) spread the procedure between more days.
Empty it from all that is on it and inside it. Remove drawers if any.
Put the item in the middle of the room on the floor. Take a bowl with water and add a teaspoon of #seasalt and a teaspoon of vinegar plus some detergent the one you use for the plates when you hand wash them. Apple vinegar is preferable but all kinds of vinegar are fine.
Take a soft sponge and two towels; one wet but squeeze the water out very well, and one (or more if need to) dry.
With the sponge wash any surface of the furniture inside and out and underneath. Each surface you wash, quickly wipe with the wet towel and then with the dry towel. You may worry that you will ruin the furniture with the water. This will not happen if your sponge is soft; if you don’t press it hard and if you wipe quickly with the towels. Make sure you cover ALL the surfaces. Remember to do the legs underneath as well. If you have protective stickers on the legs to protect the floor remove them and wash this area too. You can put new ones when this is over. It is important for the salt and vinegar to reach each inch of the furniture.
*If the item has a decorative paper on it then don't use the sponge there just when you finish the rest wipe this part with the wet towel. Don't wash the towel before doing this just leave it with the salt and vinegar it has absorbed.
*If you want to move further and do some DIY like for example repaint or redecorate the furniture then first remove the paint you want to remove and then do the washing.
When you finish the washing take some dry #sage leaves put them on a piece of foil and light them. Blow the fire if need to. It is the smoke that we want. Put the smoke underneath the item; of course, always hold the foil in the air and don’t leave it on the floor or on the furniture itself because it will burn them. Just hold it there without it touching anything for a minute. Then hold it for a minute inside the furniture if there is an opening or a cupboard. Then turn your piece of furniture upside down and do the same from the other side. Use a bath towel on the floor if you want to protect it or put it on your carpet.
Then hold the drawers if any and do the same for them. Turn them upside down as well. The goal is for the smoke to reach every single inch of this piece of furniture.
Now is the time to repaint and finish your DIY project or to use a protective liquid or wax if you are using things like that.
Put your new and clean piece of furniture in its place.
#Tip: You may feel that it needs to be placed in a different room or location or that it needs to go completely even after all the hard work you put. Listen to your intuition.
#Fact: Don’t throw furniture away during these special crisis days due to coronavirus. Help the people that gather our garbage because they need you to right now. Keep the item aside and throw it away later.
For the items that were inside.
Where possible leave the items under the sun for a day. If there are clothes inside that haven’t been used for a while so they haven’t been washed for a while just wash them. The rest put them under the sun. If there is no sun just do the sage smoke procedure or wait for a while until the sun shows. Now it’s time to declutter or to change the use of the furniture if you feel like it. Maybe you had clothes in it and now you want to put them somewhere else.
Make this procedure a fun time for you and your family. It is best to start with your bedroom but start with the children's room if need to. Play and let your intuition free.
*Danai Fassouli is a writer, self-development and feng shui consultant and healer traveling around the world with the sole purpose to decode the ancient sacred truths and use them for her personal development as well as to spread them to all women that want to work for their own health of the mind, body, and soul. The articles are purely informative and do not replace the nutritionist; doctor and/or the psychologist and generally any specialist in physical and mental health.