Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy that focuses on balance and harmony. It's been around for thousands of years, and with its goal (in simplified terms) being all about creating more harmony and balance in your life, whether that be for you as a person, or for your home or working space.
Feng Shui can be used to bring good energy into your home by finding the perfect spot for each item in your home according to these principles:
(1) Check your commanding positions
- Check your commanding positions.
- The first thing you should do is look around your home, and find a spot where you can see the entire room. This is called "commanding position." It doesn't matter what kind of space it is—a large living room or separate dining room could both work as commanding positions if they're situated in such a way that they provide an overview of all other rooms in the house (or apartment). If this isn't possible, try moving things around until something works well enough for its purpose.
- Next up: check which doors lead into each room or area within your home. Are there any entrances? Where do they go? Do any lead directly from outside onto one side of the house only? These are important questions because if there's no door leading directly out into another area (such as down stairs), then no matter how much effort goes into making sure everything looks good on paper during Feng Shui consultations held before purchasing decisions were made about remodelling projects undertaken by homeowners looking for ways best suited towards improving their lives overall
(2) Vertical Feng Shui
Hang plants in your home to create an abundance of positive energy. A hanging plant can brighten up any space and make it feel more spacious, while also providing a natural barrier from the elements outside. You can even use them as part of a wall shelf by placing them on top of bookshelves or other vertical storage options, which will help you declutter your living area and keep things organised!
(3) Keep things clean
Keeping your home clean is an important part of Feng Shui, because it reflects the amount of love and care you have for yourself. If you're not comfortable in your own space, then how can you expect others to feel at ease? It's no wonder that Feng Shui practitioners recommend keeping their homes clean regularly—it's a sign that they care about themselves and what they surround themselves with.
- Keep the kitchen clean: A dirty, cluttered or untidy kitchen makes it harder for people to live harmoniously. In order for kitchens to remain tidy and organised it's actually really very simple;
- Wash all dishes immediately after use; don't let them sit around waiting until "later"
- Replace old plastic cutting boards with wooden ones.
- Clean out your fridge regularly. Opening a clean, organised fridge vs. a messy fridge full of expired food - there's no comparison to how it makes you feel. Items that are past their expiration dates left sitting in containers (or otherwise) in the fridge affects you energetically, plus, they’re unnecessarily taking up space. Throw away anything that’s expired (in the compost or recycling bin whenever you can!)
- Use non-toxic cleaners to remove any dust or grime that has collected in your kitchen.
- Keep the stove clean, because your stove represents your career, wealth, and resources. Taking a moment each day to mindfully wipe down your stove will prevent stagnant energy from collecting in this area of your home and life.
(4) Declutter the entryway
If you have a cluttered entryway, it can be difficult to determine what belongings belong where. The same colour scheme should be used throughout your home so that you don't have to think about it when entering or leaving the house.
- Get rid of clutter! If possible, clear out any items that are taking up space and put them in storage until you need them again. Make sure there's enough room for people entering or leaving the home by placing coat hooks near doorways and keeping shoes on a shoe rack instead of just tossing them on top of each other at the front door or in an overfilled cupboard (which can also make things difficult when trying to find something).
(5) Remove obstacles
In order to create a space that allows you to live well, it's important to remove any obstacles that may be blocking the flow of energy through the room. This can take be done by:
- Remove clutter from your living area. By clearing away unnecessary items and organising them into their appropriate places (or even donating them), you'll make more space for better Feng Shui energy to flow.
- Remove furniture that blocks doorways or windows from entering into these areas; this will allow more light into rooms and make it easier for Feng Shui elements such as water flows through walls easier than before! It might also mean moving an item or two around so that its new location doesn't affect any other aspect about how those rooms function anymore.
(6) Add plants
Plants are a great way to improve your home's energy. They can be used to improve the energy in any room, including bedrooms and bathrooms. You can add plants to bring more light into your home and also increase its Feng Shui energy level by adding them near windows or doors, where it will allow these rooms to feel larger than they actually are.
Plants also help balance out negative chi (negative energies) that might be present in an area such as a bedroom or bathroom where you spend most of your time during the day; this will help reduce feelings of anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and wellbeing when you're there! You can also read our blog about plants here.
(7) Incorporate Metal
Metal is a symbol of wealth and prosperity, good luck, happiness and joy. It's associated with the element of metal: Earth. Metal can bring protection, energy and strength to your home or business space. It's also considered to be one of Feng Shui’s most powerful symbols for success because it represents longevity (life), strength (physical power) and protection from negative forces that may be found in other areas of your environment.
Incorporating metal into your home will help you achieve these goals because metals don't absorb moisture so they're less likely to rust over time - which makes them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.
We invite you to introduce a little Feng Shui anywhere in your home. You don't need to spend a lot of money, or take up a lot of space.
You can start small and build from there: For example, if you have a room that's not being used as much as others are (such as an entryway), try adding some small objects (like vases) on the floor that will make it feel more welcoming and comfortable when guests arrive at your door.
If you'd like to start with our Feng Shui beginners kit, it'll help you get going on your Feng Shui journey. Remember, the key is to focus on what you like and make those changes that will bring out the positive energy in your home. If after reading this article, there are any other ways we can help you with Feng Shui, feel free to book your 30 minute Qi chat here.