The definition of Feng Shui is:
“Feng Shui (or Wind and Water) is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy or “chi” flows gently and smoothly through your home or business environment.
In this way your space just feels good – and supports what you want out of life-whether it’s a better career, new romance, improved health, or more income.”
Sounds good, right? If you rearrange your home in just the right way, you will invite possibilities and opportunities into the home and therefore your life.
But before you start moving furniture around, it is necessary to take the first step by decluttering your home. Feng Shui is based around energy being able to flow, so if you have a house full of clutter it will stop that flow from happening.
When you are trying to decide what to keep, donate or throw out, remember the Feng Shui mantra which is to ‘keep only what you use, need or love’. If you have an item that does not belong to one of these categories, get rid of it. It might be a good idea to hire a skip bin and really go to town!
Once you are satisfied, it is time to get started on arranging your home! Follow these tips below:
The front door is more important in Feng Shui than what many people realise. The entrance is where we invite good energy into the home. When we get the front door and entryway right, we draw attention to our home and possibility and opportunity can find it.
Keep the area around the front door inviting by making sure it is always swept, refreshed, bright and clean. This means replacing old doormats and broken light bulbs and perhaps giving the door a new coat of paint if it is peeling or chipped. If you don’t have a house number, or yours is old and faded, update it to make it clear and noticeable.
You’ve already decluttered your home, but make sure you don’t invite more mess into your life by letting the front door and passageway clutter back up again. Buy a hat, coat and school bag rack, and allocate a spot for shoes.
Last but not least, hang a wind chime outside your front door. As the chime makes music, attention is drawn to our home for opportunity to find us. And the wind rustling through the chime will harness good energy for the home.
The kitchen is where you maintain your family’s health by cooking nourishing meals. It is said that this will in turn create wealth as the family will be well and strong enough to go out and make a good living.
Some tips for making sure the kitchen has good energy is to make sure everything works, and is clean, organised and clear of clutter.
It is important in Feng Shui that you fix broken items in your kitchen as this shows that the place is well cared for and confirms your intention to take the best care for yourself and your family. So any leaking pipes, blown light bulbs, broken tiles or chipped crockery need to be either fixed or thrown out.
Keep the kitchen well organised so you can find things easily and move about with ease. Sort your pantry, drawers and cupboards so that all of the similar items are placed together and so it all makes sense.
A kitchen naturally has four of the five elements of Feng Shui. They are: Fire, water, metal and earth. The last element is wood, and if you don’t have wood in the kitchen already it can easily be bought into the kitchen by way of a decorative wooden bowl or vase.
The Master Bedroom
Another important room in the house is the master bedroom. The bedroom is a hugely important area of your home as it is the place where you live your private, innermost life. It is where you rest, dream and connect with your partner. For such an important room it is amazing how often it is the one that gets neglected the most. As it is often out of sight of visitors, it can be easy to get into the habit of cluttering up the space and simply closing the door on it.
To get started on creating good Feng Shui in your bedroom first remember that the main purpose of this room is for resting. If you have found other areas of your life creeping in and taking over – such as a desk for working, your children’s toys or some exercise equipment – make sure you move those out while you are decluttering the house. If you have clutter in your bedroom, you won’t be able to invite calm into the one place where you need it the most.
Next, rearrange your bed so that you can easily see the door from it. This is called the ‘command position’ and simply means you will have control over what you see from your bed.
After that is done, work on creating a calm and soothing space for yourself by decorating with peaceful colours or uplifting images. Contrary to popular belief, mirrors are not actually a good idea for the bedroom and should be removed if you are finding it hard to relax. This is because mirrors are a source of energy, always moving with your movements, and so they make it hard to allow you to relax.