Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice of arranging your home in order to promote harmony and wellbeing.
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Although it is possible to hire feng shui experts to do a complete overhaul of your abode, you can also be proactive by taking matters into your own hands. Keep reading to learn some simple steps to invite positive energy into your home, even if you’re a complete feng shui beginner.
1. Get Rid Of Clutter
Eliminating clutter around your house is one of the simplest ways to focus on feng shui. When clutter is scattered around the room, positive energy is stifled so it cannot flow freely. Furthermore, too much clutter can make you feel overwhelmed and as though you are drained of energy.
Another bad thing about clutter in terms of feng shui is it prevents new things from coming into your life because it hampers positive growth.
2. Create A Welcoming Entryway
Many aspects of feng shui are related to chi, which is energy. When you take time to make sure the doorway and foyer in your home is as welcoming as possible, you’ll create an enticing atmosphere for friends and relatives.
Keep the entryway as open as possible to avoid blocking the flow of positive chi. An open entryway can also make it easier for you to avail of new opportunities.
3. Place Your Beds Carefully
According to Chinese tradition, a person should never sleep with his or her feet pointed directly to a doorway. Ideally, move your bed so it is at a diagonal angle, and directly opposite the doorway. You should also position the bed so there’s a clear view of the door and the surrounding characteristics of the bedroom when you are lying down.
4. Use Drain Stoppers
Feng shui experts believe that to leave your drains open is a way to let all your positive energy escape into that opening. Think about getting removable stoppers for your kitchen and bathroom, and don’t forget to keep the toilet lid closed, too.
5. Swap Hard Window Blinds For Soft Curtains
One feng shui principle suggests hard or rickety window blinds can be a source of unrest. Make a switch by trading them for soft window treatments, such as curtains. This step also offers a great excuse to experiment with a new color or pattern to brighten up the room.
6. Take Advantage Of Natural Light
In feng shui, light represents yang energy, which can help people feel happier and more inspired. If it’s not possible to make the most of natural light, at least think about replacing florescent lights with incandescent floor lamps to give the room a warmer feel.
7. Fill Your Home with Meaningful Artwork
Feng shui is all about capitalizing on decor that means a lot to you. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy expensive original paintings, but rather suggests you’d be better served with something such as a photograph of your favorite city skyline or a framed print that features your favorite inspirational quote.
8. Avoid Hanging Mirrors In Your Bedrooms
According to feng shui, mirrors are associated with strong energy. Since bedrooms should be peaceful places, you should take care not to hang mirrors in them. If you have no choice in the matter, hang a cloth over the mirror at night so the energy is not as prominent.
Hopefully these eight steps will get you off to a good start in improving your home through feng shui, and demonstrate that it doesn’t take an especially long time nor a lot of effort to start making your home a place where positive energy can thrive.