Easy Ways to Feng Shui Your Home
Comfort is a crucial feature of every home. The most important thing is to have the freedom to tweak every part of your house or move any piece of your furniture to your own liking. However, while your freedom to express yourself in your own house is important, there is an optional rule set that can help you maximize both beauty and comfort of your household. If you want to know how to do this properly, here are some easy ways to feng shui your home.
Start off with the clutter
The goal of feng shui is to create a harmony between the individual and the environment. In order to achieve this balance, you first have to get rid of all the clutter that plagues your household. This is much more important than you might initially think and here’s why: feng shui is tightly intertwined with Taoism. One of the prevalent concepts in Taoism is “Chi” – which can broadly be defined as a life force. Chi is all around us, which means it even flows through space. Clutter breaks this stream and dampens the effect of this energy. Therefore, the first thing you should do if you plan to feng shui your home is pick up all the extra paraphernalia, leftover clothes, book stacks and put everything in its rightful place. The process of clutter clearing can also be a form of therapy.
Let there be air, let there be light
Air and light are two elements that are crucial for good Chi in your home. However, sometimes it is not enough to merely open your windows. If your household is generally dark, it might be a good idea to invest in remodeling, especially if you are absolutely certain you will not move to a new place in a foreseeable future. If you replaced your old windows with the bigger ones, your interior will get more light and the effect will be strikingly positive. If you do not have the finances to do this remodel, do not put heavy blinds or curtains on your windows. Instead, go with lighter “gauzy” curtains that will let the light through even when you pull them on.
If you live in the city, the air quality can be significantly lower than if you lived in the country. However, there are little things you can do even in this case. The air quality usually rises in the early hours of the morning, so open the windows for fifteen minutes before work. Additionally, you should get the best air purifier for mold, dust and allergens for your home. You can also buy essential oils, dilute them in hot water and leave several ceramic cups around your household to achieve better air quality and nice scent. The same can be done with tea – peppermint is one of the most popular “air enriching” options.
A touch of greenery
As far as air-purification goes, adding a few plants to your house can definitely help. Furthermore, a touch of greenery is encouraged by feng shui principles. In fact, there are a lot of plants that will help the chi flow through your household better. However, you should be warned – there is such a category as “bad feng shui” plants.
For example, various types of cacti are considered to be undesirable due to their shape – their energy is considered spiky, which can lead to aggressiveness. On the other hand, there is a particular kind of plants that should, according to feng shui, help you with your financial problems. They are called money trees.
About that energy map
Additionally, if your flower pots are not arranged properly, they can actually be a part of the clutter. First, you need to define bagua – the energy map of your home. There are two basic methods of defining your bagua – the classical school and the western/btb method. This way, you will not only find out the perfect spots of your household for plants, but how to arrange the rest of the furniture for maximum Chi effect. Here is a small insider tip – the southeast area of your home should be reserved for a money tree. Also, try to keep your toilet lid closed as much as you can – it minimizes the loss of energy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is a passionate writer, traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.