“Oh yes, feng shui, the art of…?”
Its ok, feng shui is actually pretty complicated for those who don’t happen to be experts in ancient Chinese customs. So here is the feng shui guide to styling your new home.
The term ‘feng’ ‘shui” actually translates to ‘wind’ and ‘water’, however there are actually five elements involved:
Your personal element is dependant on your birth date. Once you have worked this out, you can then start reaping in the harmonising benefits.
However, here are a few easy feng shui tips that are suitable for everyone – no matter what your birth element is!
1) Clean your home
So you probably do this anyway, but like the rest of us – probably not as often as you should. Try to incorporate ‘forgotten’ areas into your cleaning routine, underneath or behind furniture, on top of doors or high cupboards are places that regularly harbour stale dust. This acts as a magnet for negative energy (or Chi) – you don’t want stale negative energies floating around your home!
When performing your sacred cleaning ritual, try burning sage or using some of your favourite essential oils to help clean the air.
Declutter – it sounds so simple doesn’t it? But if you are one of the many people that have a 1980s leather jacket lurking around in the depths of your closet for when they make their dramatic come back (they won’t), you’ll know that its not always that easy to simply throw things away.
Good feng shui makes this arduous task slightly less daunting. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself if you are struggling to part with the clutter:
- Does it work?
- Does it bring you happiness?
- Have you got enough space for it?
- Does it remind you of negativity?
- Have you used it in the last year?
3) Add Plants
Plants are a great way to brighten up your home, but did you know it also represents good feng shui?
As well as adding a breath of fresh air into any room, air-purifying plants can also eliminate toxins and neutralise electrical energies in the atmosphere. This is reported to significantly reduce headaches, anxiety, nausea and fatigue.
The most common plant associated with feng shui is the Lucky Bamboo (the name is a giveaway), however, ferns, peace lilies and hanging plants are also considered to be good feng shui.
You might also want to consider avoiding plants with spikes or sharp edges, such as cacti, as these attract negative energies. Throwing away plants that appear to be declining is another seemingly obvious way to avoid inviting negativity in to your home.
4) Don’t forget the little things
Sometimes good feng shui simply requires you to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. The ‘minor’ details are often the most important! Make sure the toilet seat is kept down, promote natural light, repair broken items and allow fresh air to flow freely through your home.
Remember –feng shui is unlikely to make you a millionaire overnight, however it is likely to create a harmonising environment that will help you and your family focus on the little things that makes your life beautiful.