Manifesting Change by Changing Your Space

Master Coach Sue Rasmussen shares helpful suggestions with deliberate creators who are looking for an easy way to manifest change.  Here’s Sue:
feng shui front room

When your home has areas that aren’t working (everyone has them…they’re your clutter zones or ‘touchy areas’ or the spaces that cause you the most stress or discomfort or embarrassment), I guarantee you that you have corresponding areas in your life that aren’t working so well, either.

When you start changing your home, room by room, you automatically make corresponding changes in the rest of your life as well.

Your home is where you start your day.

It’s where you end your day.

For many of you, it’s also where you spend your day…you work from home, you write, you coach, you create.

And your home is much, much more than simply a place to live.

Your home reflects everything about you.

And right now, your home is either supporting you fully, being a place that inspires and motivates and nurtures you, or it is dragging you down, one pile or irritation or frustration after another.

To start the process of changing your space:

Step 1. Start by noticing the hot spots in your home. Which areas do you dread, avoid, or feel anxiety about?

Step 2: Next, imagine a lovely place in your mind. Think of a space, either indoor or outdoor, that makes your heart sing. It might be a place you’ve visited, or seen in a magazine, or dreamed about.

Step 3: Come up with three words that describe the essence of that place, or how you feel when you imagine that place.

Step 4: Make one change in your hottest spot in your home that will bring in all three of your new essence words. For example, you might bring in an item to decorate that space that conveys all three essence words.

Step 5: Get rid of something in that same space that has been creating the anxious or unpleasant feeling for you.

And as you gently and lovingly make one small change in your space, start to notice what starts shifting in other areas of your life. It really helps to keep a notebook or journal…when you start tracking the shifts, you’ll start noticing that they are happening everywhere. I call it the ‘ripple effect’ of creating space.

In the words of Martha Beck, “you’ll find ‘butterfly effect’ changes in the rest of your life, not just in your decor.”

See? Easy as that.

Manifest change in your life by simply changing your space.
Sue Rasmussen, Master Coach

Sue Rasmussen is a Master Certified Coach, writer, and speaker who has always been fascinated by the connection between clutter, disorganization, and the way we arrange our environment with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond our ‘stuff.’ She believes that our exterior world is simply a mirror of what is going on inside us…a reflection of what we believe about ourselves, our lives, and the level of abundance, joy, and ease we give ourselves permission to experience.

Visit Sue’s website at for articles, tips, and upcoming events.

  • July 13, 2011
  • I agree with ML. As with most things in life the key is to notice them. We all live with clutter. We all move around it without even noticing it. The trick is to stop, notice and take some very easy steps to remedy the poor energy flows in our hot spots.
    Well spoken Sue

  • HaitianPhoenix says:

    This is something that I’m working on, decluttering my house and subsequently my life, and I’m so grateful for these tips!!

  • Karen says:

    Thanks for the inspiration- I see some changes in my future! 🙂

  • MissyB says:

    Ooh Lovely Me – that’s fab ! I too started the de-clutter today. My friend came to help and we tackled two rooms. The best bit – I took down an old peg/notice board that was my exhusband’s that depressed the hell out of me. He left 9 years ago ! I packed away stuff not in daily use and chucked stuff I just don’t want. My three words were: clear – airy – open. I did just that, but rather than buy anything new to put in the rooms, I just got rid.

  • Well said, Jeannette.
    LovelyMe, I love how you talked to your furniture! And, of course, love your example for how quickly changes in our environment can show up in our life.
    Thanks for sharing that with us here! 🙂

  • LovelyMe says:

    Jeannette already knows, and all those at GVU, but I’ll tell it again anyway! ^_^
    Last weekend, I decided to take this decluttering stuff seriously. In hopes that this will give someone else a boost, I’ll say now that I do not own my own home – I’m a college student renting a small room, and I also am lucky enough to have my own bathroom and the most wonderful roommate ever:)
    With what little space I had and what little (but seemingly big in my small room) furniture I had, I set out to clean my room top to bottom. My main focus was relationships, so I left a shelf empty for my guy (I did not leave him a whole side of the closet, because I’m not looking for a husband! It’s important that you give it up a little, but there’s no reason to do things that make you absolutely uncomfortable).
    I think this is important, though I may sound like a nut job – I asked my furniture if it wanted to be rearranged, but in the end it felt good where things were. I moved my dresser to the side a bit so I had better access to my closet.
    I dusted almost everything from furniture to tiny baubles I had in my room. I even cleaned the walls! I bought new storage containers and packed things I didn’t need at the moment. I threw as much junk as possible away.
    The second most important thing I did was to put all my miscellaneous things like lotions, perfume, my favorite shower gel or make up that I only use once in a while into the “daily use” pile. There is no reason that I shouldn’t feel fantastic on a daily basis! After all, that’s when life happens:)
    Point of this all?
    Within 2 days, folks, I started hearing from my ex boyfriends (3 to be exact). They were coming out of the woodwork and serving me up apologies for how they treated me, and recounted how awesome I was to them! It was wonderful.
    Recently, I had a pleasant encounter with the guy I have my eye on, and it was delicious. I feel really pleased with myself and the work I’ve done.

  • Jeannette Garcia says:

    Live Simply, Live Well=)

  • You are a smart girl, Wendy, to change the energy in that space! Especially one you spend so much time in. Very cool that you had lots of liberty to do so. Some of us felt a little more restricted in altering our cubicles (I would have loved to have been able to burn sage at work!), but a little creativity goes a long way in shifting the energy.
    Way to use your power for good! Thanks for posting, Wendy.

  • Wendy Ritch says:

    I can testify to the fact that this really works. And I didn’t just do it in my home, I did it in my office — which is, unfortunately, where I seem to live! 8) When I was promoted, I was moved into the enormous office that had been occupied by my former boss. She was not a nice person and the office “felt” like her even in her absence. I went down to a storage area where I picked out all light wood furniture, comfy chairs and a couch; I had the space painted to add zing and carpeted to add warmth; I put colorful tapestries and photographs that I created on the walls; and I did a “cleansing” of the space with dried white sage and my own positive vibes. When everything was done, a colleague walked by my office, turned around, walked back to the entrance and said, “Wow, it feels totally different in here!” And my new boss often comes into my office just to hang out because she finds it a soothing space. Now, whenever something important is happening anywhere in my workplace, my boss asks me to “sage it” ahead of time — LOL! 8)

  • Isn’t it a fabulous way to raise the vibe, Mango?! Glad you’re enjoying the benefits of it!
    Thanks for reading and for posting, my friend.

  • mango says:

    Jeannette sometimes I swear you are reading my mind! Lately I’ve really been decluttering and I have to say it’s made a huge difference already. It’s allowed me to see where I was holding on to old energy & attachments and lovingly let them go. Seeing my space cleaned up too is also somehow soothing.
    Thanks for posting this!! 🙂

  • Thanks for the book tip, ML. Wasn’t familiar with that one, but will take a look.

  • ML says:

    Great post. I have found that noticing is the key – noticing how you feel moment to moment and shifting toward what feels better is a powerful tool. And, ones home is often not really noticed! I recommend another tool that ties your living space to your life: The Not so Big Life by S, Susanka. Check it out – if you want to find ways to shift your space and your life

  • Oooh, “bright, airy and open” – that sounds fabulous, LOAworks! I actually intended those same qualities into my new digs, as well. (When I learned I would be moving in to a new place with my sweetie.)
    You remember the saying that “to get a new job, love the job you’ve got”? I found that helpful with my house, too. I was relentless in clearing things out, making room, giving accumulated things away, etc. It served me well. I’m intending you get great results, too, as you embrace the vibration of those three fabulous words.

  • LOAworks says:

    Oh, I came accross this quote the other day on Twitter:
    “Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.” – Hafiz of Persia

  • LOAworks says:

    Wow, Jeannette! I was just reading a blog post on Steve Pavlina about “Environmental Reinforcement.” I’m currently living in the basement of my brother’s home (which includes his wife and their three children).
    I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated by my circumstances. I want to get my own place again…but at the same time I’ve been feeling like I’ll never climb out of ‘the basement of life.’
    This post was an inspiration. Sue’s Step #3 says to choose three words to describe the place I want to have. I want to live in my own space (a condo) that is bright, airy and open.
    I’m going to find a way to add the essense of these three words into my space in the basement. I’ll let you know how it goes!
    Thank you for posting this.

  • If it were me, MissyB, I’d either pick 1) the easiest place to start (as in the smallest room or the room with the easiest place to clear) or 2) the place I spend the most time.
    But we just start somewhere. 🙂
    Thanks for reading, MissyB, and have fun with whatever you choose to do (or not do)!

  • MissyB says:

    Oh boy – what to do when your whole house is like that….

  • Sylvia Heed says:

    I love the elegant simplicity of this!

  • Barbara says:

    Isn’t she special? I’ve learned a lot from Sue, and look forward to more clearing and beautiful changes to come! Warmly, Barbara

  • Sue, you’ve presented this to be so ridiculously easy that you’re making me want to go change something in the house!
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom here with this community of deliberate creators, who will no doubt also find much inspiration in your words!
    Namaste. 🙂

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