"Living in the Real World" ~ Lola's Log


Feng Shui "Elementally", my dear...

OK, so here's something I know a little bit about...just about enough to be dangerous, that is.  I can tell you a story about a "Hard Wood" personality trying to clean up her act, anyway.

See, "Hard Wood"s tend to be paper-clutter people...I have THREE paper shredders, and still grow piles of paper like bacteria on virtually every surface in my house, which is also my office at the moment, so...well, you can just imagine.  Don't get me wrong--I'm organized--I know where every piece of information I need is located--it's cataloged in one of those piles, and neatly tagged...in my brain!  Efficient, yes?

Thus, the Feng Shui great de-clutter process which began early this year, as I moved my home office from one side of the house to the other, more auspicious side (I think), scaring up even more old piles of paper (not to mention a dust bunnie or two...), in the process.  Let me be the first to say, however, that the moment I began to sift, and file, and shred, my world began to shift on its axis, and things have not been quite the same since.  It's been kind of like taking off some really dark sunglasses to find that it's a bright and beautiful day.

The process continues...


One day, hopefully with the help of these wonderful ActiveRain groups, I will be able to not only feng shui my own house & office, but apply it to my listings as well!

Anyone have any helpful advice on some easy applications for listings?


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Comment balloon 7 commentsLoretta Buckner • June 08 2007 03:28PM


Loretta, I'm also a paper saver, There were 20 plastic tubs of Real Estate related material sitting in my garage. My wife and kids are finally making me get rid of the junk.  I wish you luck in completing your change.
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 13 years ago

Welcome to the Lending World, Loretta! We generate volumes of paperwork and I have such a problem scanning and shredding - I have had too many computers crash to totally trust the electronic world! Alas...I am starting to learn how to have multiple backups and I am ashamed at how much I shred at times....

Keep in mind you are doing the right thing by shredding, though. I cringe at the important papers I hear people throw out - I am extra careful not to. Identiy theft is such a problem these days.

Another fine point - as you "waste" a lot of time shredding you will become more "green". Remember we are looking at sustainable and energy savings -- that goes for ourselves also! Think of the personal energy you are wasting shredding!!! This is the best secret of green -- not only does it sustain the environment but it sustains the person by giving the person more energy to spend on things they love! Isn't that just a great concept! Happy Feng Shui!!!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 13 years ago
Loretta, You just described me!  :)  I have seriously thought about doing some sort of Feng Shui.  I spent 2 hours cleaning my daughters room today.  That should tell you what kind of shape it was in, and no, it is not a big room.  :)  I totally need to de-clutter.
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 13 years ago

Hi Loretta~

WELCOME to the ECO-All-Stars Group and thanks for your post! I use my scrap paper to do handwritten BLOG topic stuff...and to make rough notes for clients...that helps...

Posted by ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com ( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK ) over 13 years ago

Here is something I have started doing (as of this year) which saves on paper: I switched cell phones to one that includes a PDA !! Now I don't write my notes and appointments onto paper, I pull out the little writing stick on the bottom of my cell phone and 'type' the information into my handy cell phone/PDA. It also has a cord that links it to my laptop, so I always have a back-up of my information! I can put notes in there too!

 It was a pain to get used to at first! Old habits are hard to get rid of! But it has been 5 months now and I could no longer function without it! And the trees out there are glad I made the change!

Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 13 years ago
Great post Loretta!  I can't speak to the Real Estate side, but as a mortgage paper lover I have found my new best friend as my scanner...best technology ever!  It should be in the dictonary under Feng Shui!
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) over 13 years ago

Wow--see what happens when you go out of town for a few days? 

So many great comments--where to start?  It's nice to know I'm in good company with my paper-clutter!

Gary:  20 tubs?!  OK--got you beat--I'm paying storage for forty-some years of National Geographics my Mother had saved...can't quite bring myself to get rid of those yet.

Mary:  I'm ready to "Go Green"!  what a great concept...does it still count if I burn the shredded paper?  ;-)

Stephanie:  I don't know how old your daughter is, but I went through the same with mine, and blamed myself.  I still think one day she may turn around and become the complete opposite, but it hasn't happened yet...perhaps through feng shui...?!

janeAnne:  thank YOU, and I think at this point I'll have enough scrap paper to scribble blogs for centuries...hmmm, there's a thought...

Bill & Barbara Jo:  yep, PDA is on my list of gadgets to get, but the computer alone has helped alot--I do store most of my stuff there, although that brings me to the NEXT feng shui/ECO discussion--what to do with old computer parts once they've died & become obsolete?  I still have "stuff" to get off 5 old hard drives, but then...

Leah:  thanks!  I don't think real estate is quite as paper-immersed as mortgage, but even so, there can be enough to make even the oaks willow...

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 13 years ago

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