Feng shui for the unbelievers

fengYou might think that feng shui is simply new age hippy nonsense. Whatever your personal opinions, you have to admit that some of the principles actually do make sense. For instance, don’t you just feel better in a house that is clutter-free and tidy?

Feng shui can seem complicated, but we’ve taken some of the essential aspects and made them easy to understand and implement. Why don’t you give it a go?

Understand that your home is a whole

Perhaps the best place to start with feng shui is changing the way you see your home. Don’t see it simply as a collection of unconnected parts – a bedroom, bathroom, outdoor area, garage, etc. See your home as a whole. In other words every part of your home is connected to the rest.

What this means in practice is that you can’t just try create good feng shui in some areas, but ignore other parts. It doesn’t help to just concentrate on the main living areas but neglect other problem areas like the basement or guest room cupboards.

This is actually a good place to start. Which parts of your home do you not feel good about? Where are the unseen corners you would rather forget?

Clear your clutter

Good feng shui requires that you clear your clutter. The idea is that clutter creates negative energy or “chi”. Even if you feel uncomfortable talking about something like chi, you would feel better in a house that is clutter-free.

To make your job easy, play music while you tackle your clutter and work on small portions at a time if there is a lot of clutter. Get rid of everything that you don’t need or even has negative associations and memories with it.

Check your chi

The other important principle of feng shui is checking the “energy flow” in your home. Imagine chi, or energy, acting like water that flows. If water were to flow into and through your home, beginning from the main entrance, would it be able to flow smoothly throughout your house or would it be impeded by obstacles?

You should be able to imagine the water flowing harmoniously and unobstructed to all areas of your space without stagnating in any places. In other words, position your furniture in a way that lets the energy flow smoothly throughout your home. For instance, don’t have lounge suites facing a doorway head on, blocking the space behind it. Other common instances of obstruction could be a mirror facing the main door, or stairs facing the main door (because the energy would run right through the room without circulating throughout the rest of your space).

If you still don’t think feng shui has any legitimacy to it, you can at least agree that your physical environment has an effect on you. Why not give these basic feng shui principles a try with an open mind? You could be surprised.


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