Simple Ways to Apply The Art of Feng Shui
Take a look around your home. How do you feel when you look at it? Do the pictures on the walls make you smile? Do you have a feeling of being comfortable? Are you at home in your space? I previously mentioned the art of feng shui and although I am not an expert, I have made some changes around our home that made a big difference (with the help of books from the library and a few friends).
Let’s start with the office:
Many of you may have a home office. First, where is your desk located? Mine was in a corner, not only did I face the wall, but my back was to the door. I had no idea why I felt so bad when sitting at my desk. When I changed the set-up so that I now face the door and am no longer in the corner, I feel much happier sitting at my desk and am more productive!
What I found out was that having your back to the door creates a feeling of stress, because you don’t know if someone is coming or going to sneak up on you. And now that I face the door (but not directly in line with the door), I do feel more relaxed. My office is a light blue colour, which I find calming. There are inspirational messages on most of the walls and several plants too. I used the bagua to help me figure out the best placement for some of these things.
Get rid of the clutter!
One of the most important things for any room in the house is to get rid of the clutter. Especially in the office, which tends to be a dumping ground for various papers etc. Every week, I review what is on my desk and either get rid of it, file it or take care it immediately. Every few months, I do a clean up of the drawers in the office and the bookshelf, which tends to gather more and more books every month! My goal is to have a library in our dream home, so that I can have all of my books out in the open, yet organized.
How about the bedroom?
This is another area of the home that needs to be clean, simple and de-cluttered. One of my strictest rules is no TV in the bedroom. There are many reasons for this, but I choose not to compromise on this point. The bedroom is for reading, sleeping and (fill in the blank). That’s it. Everything in the room should be focused around this purpose.
Did you know that the way your bed faces can affect your sleep? Again, it’s about placement around windows and doors. Also, keeping things under the bed can also ruin your sleep. Our bedroom is simple, with only a bed and 2 night tables as furniture. We do our best to keep it clean and neat, and make the bed every morning. We have a nature theme to the bedding and curtains, which is very soothing.
A few tips for the bathroom:
I’ll keep it brief here. Keep the lid down when the toilet is not in use (yes, this includes men). I don’t think this requires any more explanation. I love having positive and inspiring messages on the mirror, and ThoughtSpots make it easier and prettier to decorate the mirror. Take a look at their website and be inspired!
What about the living room?
Depending on the location of your living room in your home, you will want to have photos of you and your partner, and your family in different areas. Window coverings also make a big impact, and I have used colours that match with the area on the bagua that corresponds to the windows. We have nice red curtains for our patio doors and blue ones in the kitchen.
Plants can also be great when correctly placed. We have used a brown rug to ground the centre of the room – this makes a big difference. The kitchen also needs accents based on the bagua. This is probably the area that we have the most trouble with, keeping the dishes done and put away is always a challenge (no dishwasher).
And don’t forget the entrance!
Finally, the entrance of your home is very important. Keeping this area free of clutter and well organized is essential. This can be a challenge for many families, so a quick trip to Ikea may be helpful to organize the space. This space, when well put together, can help to bring wealth into your home.
Feng shui is a beautiful art, and there is so much to learn about it. You can start with books and videos from the library, and it may be worth while to invest in a visit from a feng shui expert. I recommend consulting with an expert when buying a home as well, you’d be surprised how much of a difference this can make.
If you’ve ever lived in a home where things just “didn’t feel right” you may have inadvertently been in a home that had some very serious feng shui issues. I have become more open to feng shui over the past few years, especially since I have seen the positive changes in my home and environment.