It is interesting that you bring this up, because I was just thinking about this subject this very morning. I make a conscience effort to keep my house clean and peaceful and organized for my family.
I grew up in a very cluttered, messy home--and often felt stiffled and oppressed there as a result of the mess. Who wants to cook and enjoy food in a filthy kitchen? I love having my kitchen be so clean and organized each day. I feel confident that the food I make for my family is prepared with clean hands, utensils, and in a fresh, clean environment. I cannot imagine going to bed with a dirty kitchen--because who wants to wake up to a dirty sink full of dishes and kitchen odors? That is just bad for the soul. Already your day is stunted by the mess and it puts a negative energy on you first thing in the morning. I would rather get the work done the night before and have the satisfaction of doing the job well.
I know that some people say "I have a baby...who has time to clean with a baby?" But I just have not found that to be true. I always incorporate my kids in with my cleaning (talking to them while I do it, or having them help me) and I feel that it is good for them to see how I make our home a clean, comfy space to live in. Clean folded laundry, a bathroom you can relax in because it smells nice and feels good to take a bath in, organized toys that are easy for the kids to access, art supplies within reach and a space to create, beds that are comfortablly made up and floors that are swept and vacuumed----all of that keeps your psyche open to the positive so that you feel nestled in to your safe haven.
I got interested in Feng Shui--and found that many of the principles of decluttering I already follow. I think some people hold on to tons of stuff even though it is choking the life and purpose out of their living space. I have lived in tiny studio apartments (when Mike and were first married and lived in the city before kids) to the 4 bedroom home we have now, but I always liked for my home to be a haven for myself and the people I love.
When I walk into people's homes that are very cluttered and messy, I don't think "oh yuck--look at the mess"....but I think "oh dear, it must be impossible to relax and clear your mind here"---I feel badly for them because it is obviously chaos. I really think that any kind of chaos really stunts a person physically and emotionally and even spiritually.
There are plenty of books on Feng Shui and decluttering and organizing that you can check out from your local library. This is a book that I have that I love: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846
and it talks about the spiritual side of housekeeping.
Thanks for an interesting thread.