As I was getting ready to write yesterday, I went to put a melon in the refrigerator and found the refrigerator was a Feng Shui clutter nightmare. Having been away from home for over a week, I didn't realize my husband had not cleaned the refrigerator out while I was gone. The "biological experiments" were disgusting.
Sorting and throwing away things, I was compelled to give it a thorough washing, cleaning the whole inside and reorganizing it. While in the process, I realized this was a perfect thing to be doing as we are in a Mercury Retrograde period.
I'd never thought about it before as a task to perform during Mercury Retro, but how appropriate it is. A brief explanation about Mercury Retrogrades first.
About every 3 -4 months the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in its orbit. This phenomenon usually lasts about 3.5 weeks. During this timeframe there tends to be more challenges with communication, technology and anything to do with travel, be it plane, car, boat or train. It's also a great time to utilize the energy shifts to do activities that start with "re", like redecorating, renegotiating contracts, revisiting friends or ideas, remodeling and reminiscing.
During Mercury Retros, I usually arrange time to "re"move clutter around the house, "re"connect with friends and "re"arrange parts of the house, but I had never thought about "re"moving food from the "re"frigerator much less "re"organizing it. It's now on the list for future "retros".
Let me say, it's been a while since I've even looked further than the first two rows of items on each shelf. Also, as you may recall, I have had an abundance of apricots, many of which were left in the refrigerator while I was gone. Some survived, which of course means some didn't. As much as I would like to attribute the disastrous mess to others, I have to take responsibility for much of it myself.
Four and a half hours later, the project was finished, as was I. I found this refrigerator isn't as easy to take apart. Plus many of the components are over-sized and don't fit well into the sink.
The rotted apricots and weeks' old sandwiches are gone. So is the half-empty lemonade can used by the grandsons to make Arnold Palmer iced tea.The molasses jar that tipped over and leaked is cleaned up. The jar of lemon curd with mold is gone.
From a Feng Shui chi perspective, having a clean and orderly Feng Shui kitchen is imperative. For health and vitality, removing the Feng Shui clutter and reorganizing the refrigerator has major implications.
The refrigerator houses the food we put into our body. Food sitting next to moldy items is symbolic of stagnant health as well as being "stuck in the muck" movement. Neither of these produce good Feng Shui chi.
Our wealth is also affected. The abundance provided by this Universe and given to you in the form of food should be appropriately appreciated. When I thought of this, there was a major mind shift. I knew I had to share this with you.
Since Mercury Retrogrades come around every 3-4 months, this is now one of my recommendations to do during these time frames. Of course, I do clean out the leftover food more regularly.
Now a thorough cleaning of the inside of the refrigerator, removing the old and rearranging, is part of my "re" list during retrogrades. I hope it will be one of yours.
After all, refreshing any part of your home will improve your life by creating better Feng Shui chi. This is one Feng Shui job with implications to improve our health, wealth and happiness. Here's to yours!