Is there a cluttered corner that makes you feel frazzled every time you look at it? To get rid of that stress, use Feng Shui to create the ambiance you want.
Maybe it’s your home office, where statements and mail never get filed away. Or even more common, maybe it’s your closet, where you store all your amazing bargain buys, only to find that months or even years later, you haven’t worn half the stuff in there.
Despite our best spring cleaning attempts, there might be an area in your home that never quite makes the cut when it comes to Grandma’s inspection. If this is you, rest assured, you’re not the only one.
Believe it or not, clutter can really disconnect the “flow” in your home – the flow of energy, that is. This is where Feng Shui comes in. While Feng Shui may sound like a new-age concept, it’s actually been around for thousands of years.
For those who haven’t heard of it, Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and science which follows the idea that the items you bring into your space and where you place them affects how you think, act and feel.
According to the age-old system, It’s no coincidence that you automatically feel anxious or lose focus every time you pass by that pile of stress in the corner. Clutter drains energy and the only way to reclaim that energy is to get rid of the clutter.
Feng Shui, which literally means “wind and water,” is all about balance and the flow of energy in your space. You can influence this energy by how you position your surroundings according to the natural flow of energy.
To help you take back the flow of your home, here are five basic principles and practices of Feng Shui.
1. Invite Good Energy Right At The Entrance
The entrance to your home can either attract or repel you, guests, and potential opportunities! When you walk up to your front door, do you feel invited? Relieved to be home? Welcome? Or do you feel irritated, stressed, or even slightly disappointed?
The entrance to your home should radiate positive energy and give you good feelings. After all, your home ought to be your haven, and a place that you want to come back to. If it doesn’t, make a few simple changes. Wipe down the door, sweep the porch or buy a new welcome mat. You can also paint your door a different color. Red is the Feng Shui color associated with prosperity and abundance while green represents growth and nature. Most importantly, clear away any clutter around the entrance so good energy can come into your home. Speaking of clutter…
Clutter is the enemy of Feng Shui. If there’s one thing that can hinder the flow of energy, it’s the obstacle of a mess. As mentioned earlier, we all know how different it feels to enter a room that’s disorganized, compared to the what we feel when we return to a beautifully clean and organized space. In the same way you can think more clearly when you aren’t distracted, energy can more easily flow when there’s nothing to get in the way. That said, if you don’t love it or need it, get it out of your space.
3. Fix or Get Rid of Broken Things
Likewise, if you have something broken that you’ve been meaning to fix, either fix it immediately or get rid of it, but don’t let it linger in your space any longer. Broken things likewise disrupt the flow of energy and can even bring stress, reminding us of yet another task or even of an unhappy time. This includes any reminders of past unsuccessful projects or relationships. If it doesn’t contribute to your life in a positive way, it’s time to part with it.
4. Invite Harmony with House Plants
Bring live plants in your home. Not only do plants naturally purify the air you breathe inside, but they also brighten your space and help to make your home a more relaxing place. Just as spending time in nature helps decrease stress levels, bringing nature into your home creates a more peaceful ambiance. When choosing houseplants, keep in mind that those with soft and round leaves bring a more gentle energy.
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5. Use Natural Light
Good quality light is essential to any space. Bring in as much natural light as possible by opening windows and opt for full-spectrum lightbulbs, which basically imitate natural light sources. Unlike florescent lights, natural light boosts your energy.
Just making a few small changes in your space can dramatically change the way you feel in your home and space. Have you tried any of these Feng Shui practices? Do you feel a difference in the ambiance in your home? We’d love to hear!