Feng shui is an ancient practice that was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It’s a combination of art and science, and it teaches you how to balance the energy in a space, such as your home. Having balanced energy in your home is believed to ensure good fortune for those who live in it and enter it. This can mean having good health, a successful career or a fulfilling love life; it can extend to pretty much any area of your life.
Feng means “wind” and shui means “water.” Wind and water are the yin and yang of good health and good fortune. The practice is based on the belief that our homes are a mirror of what’s going on inside of us. If your environment is aligned with who you are and the goals you want to accomplish, you should have no trouble getting there.
The basic principles of feng shui revolve around carefully considering what you bring into your home, how you arrange your rooms and how you maintain your house. Everything that lives in your house has energy – even bookcases and pillows! Feng shui helps to guide the energy that these objects create in order to make the best life for you.
Here are eight feng shui tips that can help you create a positive flow of energy in your home.
One of the main principles of feng shui is keeping your home clean and decluttered. Messy homes do not have good energy. You can probably recall walking into a home that was littered with clutter as well as walking into a home that was clean and tidy. What kind of feeling did you have in each space? Clean homes tend to feel calmer and more peaceful. Piles of clutter will not only make your home look messy but they will also zap your energy levels and make you less productive.
The solve? Focus initially on the entryway; that way the first thing you see when you arrive at home will be a positive and peaceful space. Then, move on to the clutter at the center of your home and try to remove things that aren’t necessary.
Get Rid of Broken Stuff
We all hang on to things like broken lamps or ripped furniture pieces thinking that we’ll get around to fixing them at some point. Well, it’s time to get rid of them. Broken objects are impediments to vitality. They bring you down. Throw away things like chipped plates, clothes with stains and old vacuum cleaners. You will free up more room in your house and also invite in new belongings that actually work and have a purpose.
Give Your Front Door a Makeover
Your front door is the gateway to your home. It should be open, inviting and easy to find. You can add an archway or gate to make it clear which door is the front door and install a doorbell that rings loud and clear through the house. This is the obvious entryway for opportunity, and you don’t want to miss it when it comes knocking (or ringing).
Put Furniture Legs on Rugs
Don’t put all your furniture against the walls. That creates a void in the center of the room. Furniture should always be arranged in a way that facilitates conversation and human interaction. Ignore the walls and arrange your furniture, such as chairs and tables, so that at least the front legs are on the rug. That creates a warm and inviting conversation area that people will be more likely to use.
Decorate in Bold Colors
Color has a strong impact on your mood. Red is a powerful and bold color – think about wearing a red power suit or tie or walking down the red carpet. Purple and green are royal colors that can attract wealth. You don’t have to go crazy with color for it to have an effect: You can paint one wall a green or lavender or decorate with red blankets and throw pillows.
Keep Your Kitchen Stocked and Clean
Your kitchen is related directly to your ability to attract money. Follow feng shui principles and keep your kitchen clean and tidy, especially your pantry and refrigerator. They should be organized at all times and full of fresh food and ingredients that you use frequently. Your stove should be clean – both inside and on the stovetop. And, most importantly, never use your kitchen table as a place to deposit clutter. It should be clear and free of clutter at all times.
Many homes feature single items, but feng shui says that you can attract love and happiness by adding more doubles to your home or condo. Instead of having a single chair in the corner or solo pieces of art on the wall, try pairing two objects together. Having two of the same side chairs facing each other or a pair of nightstands on either side of the bed helps to create the energy of partnership around you.
Keep the Windows Clean
In feng shui, your windows are your eyes to the world. You want to enhance clarity in your home by maintaining your windows and keeping them sparkling clean. They represent your home to other people who are passing by and give a first impression of who you are. Try to spot-clean your windows once a week and do a deep cleaning once a month.
Have you adopted the practices of feng shui in your home? In the comments below, let us know how it works for you.
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