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Home Feng Shui for a Better Life – 7 steps
Have you had that amazing feeling, when entering someone’s home, that the room just invites you in and makes you feel welcome immediately? It is like you were meant to be there and all the furniture, colours, light and space are working together to host you. You can’t quite put your finger on what it is but the whole home transpires calm and peace.
This amazing atmosphere might have a lot to do with the concept of a “Feng Shui for a better life” approach. I remember how good I felt in some houses I visited as a guest in the past and never forgot those experiences. Airy, bright, well balanced and cohesive rooms where every breath seemed to be pleasant. It was also not a coincidence that the house owner was, himself/herself, very welcoming and friendly, with a great Feng Shui energy that made me feel welcome immediately. They had found the right Feng Shui solutions to improve their home. It made me think on how I could myself harmonize my home with Feng Shui.
Feng Shui followers are normally grounded, approachable, open-minded people that are well integrated with their own living spaces. They use Feng Shui for a healthier and better life. It is an intense vibe combination difficult to miss. You just feel good, the whole home transpires calm and peace. This is called Feng Shui Art and it can do a lot to make your home and your life better. Without going too deep into this very complex subject, there are some simple steps we can take to turn our house into a temple of harmony and calmness.
Feng Shui Art
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of governing spatial relationships within the home, to channel the flow of energy in positive directions. Achieving this harmonious system, Feng Shui for a better and healthier life will improve your finances, mood and generally your entire life. Feng Shui art is a design system for arranging your surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. Your surroundings have a powerful effect on what you attract into your life.
According to Feng Shui Art (Feng Shui is one of the 5 Arts of Chinese Metaphysics), if the energy around you is blocked or unbalanced, your prosperity, health, and relationships can be affected in a bad way. Clutter is one of the biggest obstacles blocking this positive flow of good things into your life. In order to create good Feng Shui in your house, don’t get overwhelmed with all the amount of Feng Shui information out there. Start small and trust your intuition going at your own pace. This is a good reference book on how to decorate with the 5 elements of Feng Shui.
Learn about how the different rooms in your house are associated with a different aspect of your life
Stand inside your home with your back to the front door. Look forward. The part of your home in the far left corner is the money sector. The far right corner is the relationship zone. Each spot in your home is associated with a different aspect of your life. Here’s a beginner’s guide to cultivating positive energy in every zone. You can improve the energy flow by placing certain items in certain zones; some have symbolic power, others a literal connection to the area. It is a really intricate system but here a few examples:
Wealth: Place fresh flowers or a jade plant here. This is also a good spot in which to keep cash or a valuable treasure. A good example is a Money tree Bonsai, it is small and pretty and won’t clash with any type of decor.
Reputation: The place to display awards and good-luck symbols, if you are into it.
Love, Marriage: Bring in pairs objects (especially powerful are love birds, butterflies, and cranes) or an image of two trees intertwined. If your living room is in this area, place a love seat, a pair of pillows, or two matching chairs here.
Children and creativity: Ideal for a bulletin board or a craft or sewing zone. If you don’t have kids, use this spot to indulge your inner child with any game boards or creative interest.
Friends and travel: Nice for funny, playful photos, artwork made by pals, or a map that reminds you of a favourite trip (or a journey that you hope to take).
Career, work success This area should be as well lit as possible. If it falls around your entry, hang a bright pendant or chandelier. Put something here that relates to your passion and/or your job. A scientist might want a quotation from Einstein. If you play music, keep your instrument here.
Knowledge: Create a reading nook or an intimate spot for conversation. If you meditate, this is a great place for it.
Basic Steps to start adding more Feng Shui in your house
1- Unclutter, unclutter and unclutter once again
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See the amazing transformation of a home office space after applying some Feng Shui concepts design here. You will love to see the difference!
2- Follow your pets
For a more intuitive approach to finding the good energy rooms and places in your home, follow where your pets chose to sleep. Cats, especially know their way about good energy. You will notice that your pets always pick the most energetic spots to sleep: close to a window, in the front hall entrance, by a window where sunshine pours in every day, etc.
3- Pay attention to your living room
A living room is a very vulnerable room in the house because normally is close to an entrance. A good rule is to keep the sofa anchored to the wall, opening space for the good energy to flow. Circular or oval center tables are preferable, as energy flows better around it than around the squared ones. By the way, if you need some help getting your partner on board for your home renovations and Feng Shui decor, find some useful tips here.
According to Feng Shui principles, the ‘fire’ element – associated with high energy and creativity – will enhance fame and recognition when placed on a south-facing wall. “Red, purple and hot pink colours, decorative lights and images of sunshine and animals are ideal for this.
4- Keep your bathrooms clean
5- Let the light come in as much as possible.
Light and fresh air are the entrance flow of good energy. Make an honest assessment of your home. It is easy to get so used to the space we call home that many times we are not aware of very basic problems. Your home should reflect your personality, your taste, and your energy. You want to let the Feng Shui good energy in! Keep your home well ventilated and let nice smells inspire your senses by adding a nice shape diffuser.
6- Get rid of unnecessary stuff and open space to the new things
Feng Shui solutions to improve your life in your home include getting rid of unnecessary stuff : one unfinished project, one object that needs fixing but is not worth the effort, one gift you never liked even though you love the gift giver, one souvenir that no longer has meaning, one item of clothing you have outgrown, physically or emotionally. Make a simple list to get rid of 21 things. Here an easy, simple printable for you to download.
Good Feng Shui Kitchen
According to Feng Shui principles, the kitchen is filled with fire.
In ancient times, kitchen is analogized to be a source of wealth because of its function: producing food. Further, because the amount of wealth (and/or prosperity) a family has is a private matter, the kitchen should be placed at the back so you won’t be exposing your wealth to the public. Thus, if kitchen is at the front of the house, there is a potential that wealth is leaking away.
There are many components on the role that the kitchen plays under the Feng Shui concept. It is a very detailed outlook that combines common sense with some superstition. As everything in life use your common sense to apply some of these concepts. Feng Shui approach for kitchen states that:
- The kitchen should not face the front door
- The kitchen should not be outside
- The kitchen should not face the bedroom
- A good Feng Shui kitchen should not have a door facing the stove
- The stove should not face the sink. The water and fire elements are opposite to each other
- The kitchen should be well ventilated
- Kitchen knives should be kept out of sight
- The kitchen should be always spotless clean, the negative Feng Shui brought by the kitchen can be worse than your restroom!
Feng Shui Colours
Designing your house taking in consideration the Feng Shui guidelines for your colour scheme can be very complicated without the hep of a Feng Shui consultant. It is an extensive subject that again should be used in combination with common sense and your design preferences.
For example, in Feng Shui, a harmonious earth element in your home or office will help create stability, nourishment and calm protection for all your relationships. Sandy colours will be ideal for this.
Yellow is a good colour choice for the center of the house, which is considered the health area in Feng Shui. It also works anywhere you would like to promote feelings of warmth, communication, and health, a life force or energy flowing all through your home.
In case you’re thinking of hiring a Feng Shui designer to dive into the Feng Shui art, this video will tell you all about it. Filmed from a home completely designed according to Feng Shui, you’ll acquire the basics of this ancient art in an easy to understand question and answer format. Buy it on Amazon.
7- Reduce clutter guilt, applying Feng Shui decluttering tips
Just do it, reduce your guilt clutter; that guilt over getting rid of gifts you do not need, even though they came from someone special, or cost you a lot of money, or you just do not like them anymore. Instead of feeling guilty, spend some time finding a new home for all of these things. Whether you sell them, donate them, or trash them, getting rid of the guilt clutter today will open up space for new energy to flow into your life tomorrow. Even if you don’t want to go deeper in all the Feng Shui fundaments, adding ways to improve the energy and good vibes in your house can be a motivation for some nice changes for you. Improving your home decor, decluttering much needed accumulated junk, we all have will add a refreshing, clean harmony that is so important for a happy life.