“Tidy room, tidy mind” is how the saying goes. The ancient Chinese practice of feng shui can be complex and many experts are employed for the very purpose of orientating one’s interior to maximise the flow of chi in an environment that you spend a lot of time in.
Here are some fundamental feng shui tricks that everyone can implement at home to ring in the Lunar New Year – in the most auspicious way possible.
We are all aware of how one’s environment can affect or reflect one’s state of mind. And decluttering is essential to promote harmonisation in one’s home. Purge your personal spaces including your office desk, bedroom and living room of anything you no longer need.
Taking small steps (even just 10 minutes a day) or spending an entire afternoon will all help to clear your space of clutter. (Here’s a handy list of 25 items to consider letting go of today.) If you can recycle or give valuable things away to loved ones or those in need in the process, even better!
NEXT: Bring the outside in →
Plants absorb toxins and pollutants in the air and from chemicals released from carpets and other household items. So, they are great for promoting an ambient environment. Bigger plants possess more power to do so and can add colour to the room. A key tip: Keep your plants healthy and maintain their positive energy by removing dying leaves as soon as possible.
The following plants are great air purifiers and hold other specific properties: Peace lily (produces pretty flowers), ficus (can symbolically lift a low ceiling), areca palm (pet-friendly and easy to maintain), spider plants (great for air filtering in the kitchen) and the African violet (the rounded leaves resemble coins to promote wealth).
Check out 18 “lucky” plants to bring home before CNY.
NEXT: Take note of entryways →
Areas where one enters and exits such as doorways and stairwells are important in the metaphysical art of feng shui. The front door is a place where you welcome guests into your home or office, so it should be clear of obstacles such as shoes or coat stands.
Your door should open onto something pleasant to the eye, whether that be a painting by a loved one, a beloved piece of furniture or your favourite coloured carpeting, this will set the mood of your home for all.
(Also, read about CNY decorating essentials to bring more luck into your place.)
NEXT: Make your bed and lie in it →
The concept of the “command position” in feng shui means that where your bed is placed is key for your inner energy and peace of mind. Ideally, your headboard or where you lay your head should not be by the doorway. If you think about it logically, when you face the doorway you can see everyone who enters and exits, and therefore will feel more secure and in charge.
The best spot is diagonally across from the doorway, but not underneath a window. If it’s difficult to find a perfect position for your bed, at the very least invest in a good headboard and thick curtains so you feel as if you have a strong support and are not letting good energy flow out from your bedroom.
NEXT: Repair your home and wardrobe →
Do you have clothes that need stitching up, shoes that need to be re-soled or clogged pipes in your household? These broken pieces are elements that need to be restored and fixed. Obviously, this make take a while, so make a list of all the parts that need to be taken care of and as you cross them off, feel more positive energy gained.
NEXT: Go soft →
You might not want to follow this advice in other areas of your life, but going soft in your home is a must to follow the art of feng shui. For example, try and opt for rounded bedside tables rather than ones with four corners that angle towards your bed. Sharp lines and jagged edges are daggers for your chi and should be remedied to ensure a positive energy flow.
NEXT: Let if flow →
Miniature indoor fountains are a wonderful way of promoting great energy and boosting a calming home and office environment. Flowing water is associated with cash flow and helps to ionise the air. Avoid placing one in the bedroom as it can represent weeping and worry in an intimate environment, by the front door or a common space is most appropriate.
NEXT: Look out for reflections! →
Mirrors hold huge importance in the practice of feng shui, and can reflect and magnify good energy for financial and personal prosperity. Make sure to have a prominent mirror in your dining room and lounge area so that when you have family gatherings the good energy will be amplified and the room more festive!
For small rooms and long corridors, place a mirror against the wall to make them larger and open up the space. Never place mirrors opposite your front door in your office or at home and also opposite your bed.
The front door symbolises good chi flowing away from your environment and a mirror opposite the bed can be overstimulating. The same applies for toilets and fireplaces as the flushed water and raging fire elements can harness excessive, uncontrollable energy.
NEXT: Declutter →
By Jennifer McGeever, HerworldPLUS, January 21, 2016 / Additional Reporting: Debby Kwong, February 2018
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