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Spring Cleansing with Feng Shui

Updated on April 24, 2013

An Introduction to Feng Shui

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the art of placing objects and arranging your living space in a way that harmony and balance flow through your environment.

Used primarily in architecture, landscaping and interior decorating, it's an ancient Chinese practice dating back over 7000 years and translated, means "wind-water".

It is believed that adjusting the energy of the home through Feng Shui or "chi" can promote health, prosperity, success and love.

"Chi" is the energy that connects people with their environment. When the "chi" in your environment is out of balance, it is believed it will affect your life.

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Basic Principles of Feng Shui

Have you ever walked into a home or business and couldn't wait to get out? Or felt uneasy? Chances are you were in a place with "bad Fung Shui", especially if the place is cluttered.

Spring is a perfect time to take stock of your home's "chi" and do a Spring clean-up with the Feng Shui principles in mind.

One of the basic principles of Feng Shui says that all clutter must be cleared away When a space is filled with broken or useless items, your own energy and the space becomes overwhelmed.

Another principle takes the five elements into account: wood, earth, fire, water and metal.

The belief is that all the main power areas of your home, such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom should have a balance of all the five elements. As you'll read in the five elements described below, too much of one element can throw the "chi" off and affect your moods.

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A beautiful wreath to hang on your front door encouraging congentiality and happiness to your home.

 

Little Feng Shui Tips

A circle means harmony. Hanging a wreath on your door encourages congentiality and happiness to enter the home.

Closet represent private and personal matters. Keep closed to prevent your private affairs from becoming public knowledge.

If you can't include all five elements into a room, hang a picture that has all of them in it

Use fire colors (red, orange, gold) in any room that you want to inspire enthusiasm and creativity. (Perhaps in a home office).

If you want love in your life, plant a rose bush in your garden. Roses are symbolic of love and what you grow, you will attract

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WOOD

Birth, Growth, Strength, Flexibility

The Five Elements

Wood

WOOD represents birth, growth, strength and flexibility and when you don't have enough of this element practitioners believe you may feel depressed, stagnant and ambivilent.

On the other side, too much wood may make you feel stressed, overwhelmed, stubborn and rigid.

Wood elements can include furniture, ornamental trees, cotton or natural fibers and fabrics.

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EARTH

Balance, Stability, Strength, Organization

The Five Elements

Earth

EARTH represents balance, stability, physical strength and organization.

When you have too much earth you may feel bored, sluggish and if you don't have enough, disorganized and unfocused.

Earth elements include earth toned colors (green, beige,rust, brown), landscape art and square or rectangular furniture.

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FIRE

Enthusiasm, Passion

The Five Elements

Fire

FIRE increases enthusiasm and passion.

When there's too little fire in a room, you may feel emotionally withdrawn or have low self esteem.

And when you have too much, you may feel moody, angry or easily irritated.

The fire element is represented in candles, shades of red, purple and pink.

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WATER

Emotions, Intuition

The Five Elements

Water

WATER represents emotions and intuition.

When there's not enough of it in your home, you may feel alone and stressed or perceived as unsympathetic and lacking compassion.

Too much and you might feel emotionally unbalanced.

Mirrors, gazing balls, small water fountains, black and blue colors and water in flower vases can add this element to a room.

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METAL

Logical Thinking, Clarity

The Five Elements

Metal

METAL influences logical thinking and clarity.

You might have too much of it if you talk too much or are overly critical.

You may not have enough of it if you feel withdrawn, anti-social or unfocused.

Decorate in white, gray or silver colors and metal furniture or accessories to increase this element.

Other ways to increase more metal in your home is through round or oval frames and the kind of rocks and stones you'd find in a indoor stone fountain or zen garden.

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Beginner Guide to Chi

So, does this mean you have to run out and buy a silver coffee table or put mirrors all over your house? No, it doesn't. Feng Shui is achieved through the balance of all the elements. Anf if you look around your home right now, you will probably find numerous items that include the five elements. Balance is the key in all things in life.

Here are some decor ideas to start you off with good "chi":

  1. If your front door opens to a long hall that leads to another door, hang wind chimes over that door. For example, my front door opens and I can see right through to my patio door. Not good. Practitioners believe that the "chi" goes from one door out the other unless blocked.
  2. Add a fountain to your home. (water element).
  3. Instead of just having a single candle - arrange three candles in an attractive dish, nestled in small stones. (water & metal)
  4. Get rid of any dried flowers in your home. They are dead and you do not want your wealth to be dead. Replace them with silk or real flowers. (water element)
  5. Have live plants in as many rooms as possible. If their leaves look like round coins the better. (Signifies wealth).
  6. Never have your bed facing directly to the door. This is a bad Feng Shui arrangement known as "the coffin position".
  7. Unlucky energy is called "killing breath". Lucky energy lines travel in a curved, wandering pattern. (Another reason they stress not to have your furniture flat against the wall, leave about 2" between them). The unlucky lines that create killing breath are straight and sharp, pointed objects which are referred to as poison arrows. These often show up in corners of rooms. Add a large vase, a plant or a shelving unit in the corners to eliminate these poison arrows.
  8. Since water is associated with cash flow in Feng Shui, maybe more men will heed this advice. Always keep the toilet seat down. It is believed that wealth is flushed away when the seat is left up!!
  9. Add some mirrors - not only does it add a bit of the metal element to your home but also attracts light and opens up your space.
  10. As often as possible use all natural products in your home and on your body. A tiny drop of essential oil on a lightbulb will fill your home with wonderful smells. (Directions: Put a drop of essential oil on the tip of your finger and rub lightly on a cold lightbulb. Turn the light on and enjoy. DO NOT put more than a drop.).

    For wonderful natural smells, click on the link below to take you to Lush:

A beautiful example of a soothing and restful Feng Shui retreat.

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Do you think of Feng Shui when you arrange your living space? How so?

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @PinkstonePictures: Sometimes it's just one step at a time...perhaps one small area to start with.

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      carolinarobin 4 years ago

      This must be what is missing in my home. I really want it to look and feel like a spiritual retreat like your pics here!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I've always thought the idea sounded great, not sure I could keep it looking as tidy as in the pictures but I like the ideas. Thanks

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @texan203 lm: Thank you! I appreciate it you visiting!

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much :)

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      texan203 lm 4 years ago

      Well done lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great. I like it. Very nice lens. Blessed.

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @Rosanna Grace: It would take a lot of lenses to tell ALL about it!! Thank you!

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @Fran Tollett: A little bit at a time :) Thanks for dropping by!

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      I think its a good idea. Now to implement :-)

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      I have often thought of it but never known enough about it til now! Thanks for a very informative lens! : )

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      nice feng shui tips for spring cleaning. cheers

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @vineliner57: Thank you. And thank you for the blessing also!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Very nice article on Feng Shui. Mirrors are great for amplifying the good Chi in a room.

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: I find it fascinating too. You could write 10 lenses on it and you still wouldn't cover all the knowledge. Thanks for visiting & blessing!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I find Feng Shui fascinating! I do attempt to keep the elements in mind as well as the different directions and their attributes in the Bagua map. Very nice article. :)

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @carolinarobin: Thank you!! xo

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @Bill Armstrong: Thanks for visiting :)

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      carolinarobin 4 years ago

      Fascinating topic!

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Working on mine ;) Thanks for sharing

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: I'm sure you already have fire, water and metal if you take a good look around :) Thanks for dropping by !!

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      Very nice! I have plenty of wood and earth in my home, but could use more fire (except in my bedroom, which has lots of pink), water, and metal. I'd better get working on that!

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: It's not something you have to do all at once...a little bit here, a little bit there... :)

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I need someone to come in and re-do my home with feng shui in mind. I am overwhelmed thinking about it.