De-Cluttering Your Work Space

De-Cluttering Your Work Space

Removing blocks to success bolsters your brand.

Feng shui operates on the fundamental belief that a space mirrors the occupant’s life,” says Minneapolis-based feng shui expert Carole Hyder. When your office is well organized, you should experience more productivity and peace. Hyder says clutter happens “because we don’t deal with things. Feng shui sees clutter as a direct hindrance to moving forward, because a person’s horizons become smaller and smaller.” When you minimize productivity options, you reduce your ability to grow professionally.

Put it to the test

Hyder visited my office to analyze. She suggested three main zones to consider:
{1} Desk location
{2} Your chair and its positioning
{3} What’s around the room?

(Or as Hyder defines it, “Does the space breathe?”)

Hyder taught me that every room has a power corner. This is the location farthest from the door. This ancient folklore goes back to Chinese emperors and where they slept. If their heads were farthest from the door, they could have time to grab a sword if an intruder approached.

In the modern era, Hyder suggests that your desk sit in that power corner, with you facing the door. This allows no startling. “If you must sit with your back to the door,” she advises, “position a mirror to see behind you.” A high-backed chair means you’re “supported in a position to make good decisions and feel empowered.”

Take control of your space

Imagine such considerations in a place as vast as MSP international airport. “How would the traveler in MSP perceive us in a 2- to 3-hour period?” is a question Robyne Robinson, MSP Airport Foundation’s arts and culture director, strives to answer every day.

Robinson stresses that her goals could never be fulfilled without a plan for the space. Her area of influence spans two concourses and includes visual art, musical acts and a screening room showing locally made films. Each time I fly in and out of MSP, I see how the space has been enhanced. The art’s presence sets a tone for the trips people are about to take or how they feel upon return.

Whether your space is large or small, feng shui says you should love it, according to Hyder. Her easy tip when you look at the piles that clutter your space: Take nine minutes each day to declutter. By week’s end, you’ve logged 45 minutes. In three weeks, you’ve got a habit. When you remove clutter and negative energy, you’ll have space for what Hyder calls eye candy—a framed quote, a plant, a sculpture. “It’s important to create a personal space that is comfortable,” says Hyder, “conducive to clarity, yet peaceful.” Try clearing all blockages in close proximity so your brand can thrive. TCB

Roshini Rajkumar is a communication coach, host of News & Views on WCCO Radio, and author of Communicate That! For additional communication tips, visit