As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become both an equal opportunity adopter and a skeptic of new ideas said to improve health and quality of life.
On the one hand, I’ve personally experienced the incredible benefits of things like acupuncture for infertility and natural remedies for autoimmune diseases.
I’ll even try things considered fads, just to see if they might work – for example, I started drinking celery juice and wrote about it.
The Art of Feng Shui for Your Home:
Recently, I’ve started to become more interested in things like organizing, decluttering and the art of Feng Shui.
While some may think Feng Shui is just another silly antiquated tradition – I think there are many elements of the Feng Shui practice that are beneficial for all of us – even if we don’t subscribe to the Taoist belief system or take every part of the Feng Shui principles to heart.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is at least 6,000 years old and still going strong – because it focuses on something all of us are passionate about in our own ways: improving the good energy in our lives.
The basic idea of Feng Shui is that everything around us, including material possessions has energy, and there is a flow of that energy, called chi, all around us.
If the chi is able to flow and the environment is in harmony, this will increase the good energy in our homes and lives, attracting every form of good fortune that we all crave: health, wealth, love, and more.
But, if this chi is blocked, it can subsequently block areas of opportunities, health and wealth from coming into our lives. This bad energy can impact our quality of life and well-being.
I think we can all recall having been in, or even lived, in an environment that felt so negative that it was toxic to our health. While this is not all entirely due to things like the aesthetics or layout of the home – all things are connected and contributing to the energy around and in us.
How To Feng Shui Your Home:
While this is more than we could cover in one blog post – in fact, entire websites are devoted simply to the practice of Feng Shui – I’d like to to share some of the easy Feng Shui wins you can use and apply to your current environment.
Who knows, maybe you’ll start to feel better and see changes in areas of your life that were stagnant for too long.
That’s never a bad thing, right?
To start, simply look around you and at your current home environment. Think about your home as if you are walking in to it for the first time. This will help you start to see things you might not notice otherwise.
Think of the energy, or chi, as starting from the entry of your home and coming in like a flow of water. Start from outside your front door and walk in, thinking about where the flow of water might be stopped or impeded by things, furniture, doors, poor design, etc.
And, think about all of the material possessions around you as having energy and representing areas of our lives. For example, the bed is a representation of the person who sleeps in it, your desk is a symbol for your career, etc.
If you want to increase the good energy in your home, there are some things you can consider as you walk around and inside your home to improve the good chi:
1. Water = Wealth:
Find a way to have a water feature near or outside the front of your home. I love it when I walk up to a front door and there’s a small fountain nearby.
The sound of water is so relaxing.
But, in addition to being comforting, the flow of water is a powerful symbol for attracting and bringing in wealth.
If you’re in a small space, think of a small tabletop fountain like this one to put in your entryway. I picked this one up and even my kids love the gentle sound of water flowing.
2. Clear the Entryway:
Think of the entryway as the way you welcome good energy into your home. Keep the entryway uncluttered and use decor items, like mirrors and rugs to slow the flow of chi, so it sticks around.
Don’t ignore the exterior entrance, either. Clear overgrown bushes and cut back any trees that are obscuring the entrance. Shake out the doormat and keep it well-lit.
This will hopefully welcome in the good energy – but also, it’ll look nice for you and your guests when you come home.
3. Clean Windows:
Not only do clean windows allow in more sunlight, which is a natural energizer, but they also symbolize the eyes of adults and the voice of children in a home.
Keeping them clean will attract more light, which will improve your mood and energize everyone in the home.
4. Balance the 5 Elements:
Feng Shui principles believe there are 5 elements in our homes: fire, water, earth, wood and metal.
Think about the elements that your life may be lacking and use items in your home to balance them out.
For example, if you are feeling lazy, consider items that will bring more of the fire element into your environment, such as a candle and decor that infuses the colors of fire, such as reds, oranges and yellows.
Look around your environment – do you a lot of the same colors or tones? Look for ways to balance those elements out.
Here’s a great post on how to balance the 5 elements in your home.
5. Fix or Toss Broken Things:
Having things around that are broken or in poor repair is aligned with unwanted frustrations in your life. Fix them and restore them to their former glory – or remove them so they don’t block the good energy.
This is also just a good general practice when caring for your environment. If a door starts squeaking, take the time to grease it or check if it’s balanced.
All homes settle over time and these things happen. Take care of your home and your home will take care of you. (hopefully 😉
Fixing broken things is said to improve anxiety and help make your life go smoother.
I think we can all get on board with that one.
6. Get More Plants:
Indoor plants have been associated with all sorts of positives, such as detoxifying air to being great for air flow and freshness. Just check out this post on all the ways indoor plants are good for you.
Feng Shui agrees that plants are good for your spaces. Plants improve the energy into your home and increase the health and vitality of the space and its occupants.
I have been wanting a fiddle leaf fig tree in my home and writing this is giving me the push to go for it!
7. Block Drains:
This one made me laugh. Supposedly, energy can flow down drains and leave your home – a symbol for money or wealth draining from your life.
So, by closing drains, you can keep dollars from draining. This is as simple as closing bathroom doors, closing toilet lids, covering sink drains, pulling the tub stopper after bathing etc.
When I was reading about this one – I was laughing, because we have to close toilets and bathroom doors because of little ones. I had no idea I was blocking the flow of money from leaving our lives (although, I wish that meant more money was staying in our bank accounts).
8. Doors are Important:
Doors are seen as portals that bring or block opportunities into your life.
Frequently dust and clean doors and check that they are working properly.
Any doors that are unable to open and close easily can block the flow of energy, which can relate to closing off opportunities that are trying to flow into your life.
9. Position Beds Correctly:
This is one of the most well-known principles of Feng Shui. The beds should be in what is called “commanding position”, which means you can see the door when lying in the bed, but you are in the farthest part of the room away from the door.
The same is true for desks in an office. If your desk is stuck in a cubicle or position that doesn’t have you facing the door when seated, you can place a mirror in front of you that allows you to have a clear view of the door.
Commanding position is said to increase energy flow in your relationship and career.
10. Declutter Your Home:
Take some time every so often to walk around your home with the sole purpose of looking for objects that are in the wrong place or items that block the pathways. Regularly go through your things and get rid of items you don’t use, don’t fit, or don’t bring you joy.
Read Marie Kondo’s book on the ultimate way to organize your things and declutter what you need to let go.
I remember in our first home, I wanted everything done right away and was constantly decorating and buying and filling areas of the home. But, over time, I realized I had made many hasty decisions, rather than choices that I really loved for the long haul.
When we moved, we needed to sell or get rid of a lot of those things and we were able to make a fresh start. We have been here for two years and there are still areas of the house I haven’t finished completely, because I haven’t found that perfect vision for the space. The areas we have completed we love and have no regrets.
Another way to declutter is look for attractive or creative storage solutions. I love organizing and want to write more about it in the future, but I do have this post on some of my favorite baskets for organizing.
11. Bless Spaces:
Religious readers will be familiar with this step, because the Feng Shui interpretation is very similar to blessing a space.
Here you take time to walk through your home and meditate and focus on what you want to create and feel in that area of your home. You can use sage or essential oils to gently smudge your home.
The laws of manifestation work well here, too, and the art of setting intentions and creating visual images of what you want in that area of your life.
12. Practice Gratitude:
Gratitude has incredible health benefits. Plus, practicing gratitude increases the “qi” or life energy that flows through your home.
Feng Shui principles believe that energy is flowing through everything, including things and our homes have their own energy, so practice giving thanks to the energy in your home.
Feng Shui doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive – it’s simply another tool or guide you can use when designing, decorating, and decluttering your home.
I think we can all agree that our homes are significant parts of our lives – they have an impact on everything: our relationships, our careers, our health, and our quality of life.
The way I see it, it certainly doesn’t hurt us to learn more ways that we can increase the good energy all around us.
If nothing else, they’ll leave your home lighter, brighter, and less cluttered, which is always good for the mind and soul.
Have you tried any of these Feng Shui tips in your home? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below!
Have a fabulous day,