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How to Feng Shui your home in a day or less
Feng Shui is an ancient practice that is said to provide guidance on the layout within the rooms in your home; it is thought that by following a relatively simple principle that you can positively impact various areas of your life and in this guide I take a look at what Feng Shui is, how it’s evolved and how you can Feng Shui your home within a day or less.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui makes for a relatively misunderstood art form, not least helped by there being plenty of misinformation bandied around about its origins, purposes and guidelines.
Officially Feng Shui is defined as being a system of laws that are thought to govern arrangements of items within the home, around which energy flows (and so can be either aided or disrupted); these considerations even form part of the building and planning processes within China.
A new form of Feng Shui for today’s home
Today there has been an emergence of Feng Shui that is arguably more centred towards the westerner’s home. Based upon the solid principles of ancient Feng Shui but also considering a few scientific considerations this form of Feng Shui arguably presents a more modern set of guidelines for the modern western home. This reworking of ancient tradition has been referred to as an altogether more practical set of tips that concentrate upon how people live within their environments and how they can adapt the living space in a practical way.
A quick start guide: How to Feng Shui your home in a day or less
1. Have a clear out
If you don’t need or use it, get rid of it. Send it to a charity shop, sell it on or send it to a waste disposal, just don’t allow clutter to sit in your home creating only an additional item to dust or clean. To this end, the old adage of an untidy home making for an untidy mind is never truer than when working within feng shui guidelines.
2. Ladies… we now have an official feng shui excuse for keeping the toilet lid down
It is thought that leaving your toilet lid up encourages the literal drainage of both energy and money, with the new age thinking that this additionally invites sewage into your home.
3. Invest in a couple of night stands
Bed stands are important for creating balance with your life, even where you may actually only live alone. However, if you are in a relationship then you are offering a space that equals your own and invites them into your home and life.
4. Bring the outside in
Investing in a couple of plants will bring nature into your home; it is thought that in doing so you can encourage creativity and growth, however on a purely scientific note this makes sense in terms of the air filtering benefits that plants provide.
5. Facing up to things
This point is pretty important, although may not always entirely achievable. It promotes the key Feng Shui principle that furniture layouts that feature you sitting or laying with your back to the door invites situations where you are vulnerable and unable to see things that may be approaching. For difficult spaces this can be somewhat overcome by clever mirror placement.
6. Fix up
An overly negative feature within any otherwise in-balance Feng Shui'd home is that where there may be broken items. It is thought that allowing for broken items within your home to go unmended, no matter how small, that broken things within your life can remain unaddressed.
I’d love to know how you’ve gotten on with these quick start Feng Shui tips and whether, a few months down the road, they’ve positively impacted your life and the way you live. Let me know in the comments section!