3 Ways To Make Your Home More Feng Shui
Today we’re talking feng shui. It’s that thing that everyone has heard of but very few actually know anything about it or its principles. Something about feng shui just drew me in, and to be honest it took a few sessions to write this post because I kept stopping to clean and de-clutter my house! Here are some of my favorite tidbits.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng shui is all about energy (also called chi), and allowing that good energy to flow freely to have a healthy, happy and thriving home. An article written by The Spruce put it this way,
“It’s a practice based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what's happening inside us…The purpose of feng shui is to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go—to harmonize your energy with your home's energy.”
Doesn’t that just feel right? When my house is a mess, it’s pretty much guaranteed I am a mess too. Sometimes I can’t tell which came first, the chicken or the egg, the mess outside or the mess inside, but either way no doubt in my mind that they are connected.
So how do you create a healthy and peaceful energy?
“By carefully considering what you bring in, how you arrange your rooms, and how you maintain the place. Everything has energy, even inanimate objects. Feng shui helps guide that energy and lets it flow freely through your home.”
You know all that clutter on your kitchen table? That is negative energy. That cat lamp you’ve had since collage, well I’m not sure what kind of energy that gives, but my guess isn’t peaceful.
Feng Shui 101
Seating should be an intimate arrangement that invites people in. Furniture should be close but not squished into a small space. It is good practice for each seat to have surface to place a drink or a book. That makes it more welcoming.
Shapes are important. Avoid having pointing edges facing people, such as choosing a circular coffee table instead of a rectangular one so that no one is sitting facing the edge. Overall, a mix of shapes is important. Each shape represents a different element and the living room will feel most balanced if it includes all of them.
Light breathes good energy. When it comes to the living room, make sure to shed light on dark corners. Make sure to have enough light sources that each area of the living room can be well lit when in use. Leaving areas in the dark represents neglect of certain aspects of your life. Dun dun DUNN!
“[Avoid] Fixtures that point straight down, targeting all the light into one spot. They focus all the energy in one place, rather than highlighting the abundance of the entire table. Ambient light is inclusive, whereas spots are exclusive.”
Mirrors are crucial. “They can do all kinds of tricks, like recirculate energy and enhance natural light. They draw attention to what they reflect, so if a mirror has an unpleasant view, move it. Hang mirrors high enough that seated guests aren’t stuck looking at themselves.”
A great trick to brighten any space is to place a favorite item in a prominent place that you see first thing when you walk into that room. When you see it, it will bring joy to you, and therefore your space.
3 Things To Do Today To Make Your Home More Feng Shui
1. Pick one area and get rid of all the clutter.
I chose my nightstand and the results have been wonderful. Principles of feng shui recommend having no more than 3 things on your night stand; a lamp, something you love (I chose a photo of my husband and I) and a clock. Really they recommend a basic alarm clock and leaving your phone outside of the bedroom. That may be something I work towards ;) I emptied the drawer, threw a ton of things away, removed all the old books and note pads and just left inside the drawer my journal, scriptures and a pen. It feels great to lie down at night and look at my perfectly feng shui little nightstand.
2. Clean your windows inside and out!
Make sure to have as much natural light and airflow as possible. These two elements are essential for good chi in your home. Remove any furniture or objects that may be blocking the energy flow. Allow clean, fresh air and sunlight to move freely through your home and introduce an air-purifying plant or invest in an air purifier.
3. Fix any sqeaks!
A door, floor or chair that sqeaks is compared to that item crying out each time it is used, whether you notice it or not! This can send bad chi into the home. Take some oil to those hinges and enjoy the peaceful silence of a happy, well oiled home.
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