Your home should be your family’s sanctuary—a place where you can find respite from all the pressures and craziness of the outside world. But often, for one reason or another, your home just feels out of sync. Maybe it’s that renovation project you never quite got to, or the corner that tends to accumulate junk, or that one room you’ve really never done anything with. Your home just feels a little off. Not only is your house not supporting you, it may be making you and your family unhappy.
That’s where feng shui comes to the rescue. Maybe you won’t get to that reno today, but you can still make small, simple changes that will shift the energy in your home. New to feng shui? No problem. The good news is that it’s very easy to reset the energy in your house using a few simple projects. No need to master the ancient art of feng shui before starting.
Here are three simple ways to get the energy flowing in your home:
1. Focus on the Front Entrance
What do you see when you step into your home? Is it open, bright and inviting? You come home every day through the same front door—it’s important that what you come home to lifts your spirits. The front door and entryway is a key feng shui area of the home. It is the main conduit for new energy and opportunities that support your family.
Get the energy moving: Clear away any clutter and items that may be stopping the door from opening fully, or prevents you from being able walk easily in and out of the home.
Feng Shui Tip: Place a symbol of prosperity to ‘kiss’ the new energy that comes into the home. Try a fresh bouquet, something red or a bowl of colorful fruit on a table or console just inside the front door.
2. Clean Your Windows
Windows are the eyes of your home. They allow outside energy in. Well-placed windows can help a home breathe fully and allow in much-needed sunlight. The number, position and size of windows can influence the flow of energy (in feng shui we call this energy chi). Cleaning your windows and frames will kick-start the energy and help it flow smoothly. Cleaning the mirrors in your home with intention will ensure these reflective surfaces can function and move energy around the space. Being able to see clearly into mirrors, and through windows, helps you see what lies ahead and gives you more clarity in your life.
Get the energy moving: Grab a non-toxic cleaner and wash your windows.
Feng Shui Tip: Open up the blinds and let the sunlight in! Invest in good quality window treatments so you can control the light coming into your space. Black-out blinds are ideal in the bedroom; they are the key to a good night’s sleep.
3. Brighten a Forgotten Corner
Have you ever walked into a room and felt the energy just wasn’t moving? It felt neglected and lifeless. Or maybe you have a corner in your living room or family room that has been abandoned or forgotten. A dark, lifeless corner of the home is an invitation for stale energy to rest. The great thing about this project is these corners are easy to spot. As you read this, you are probably thinking of an area of the home that fits this description.
Get the energy moving: Stir things up by sweeping out and dusting those lonely corners.
Feng Shui Tip: In feng shui we believe that certain areas of the home connect with parts of our lives. A dark, lifeless corner is an opportunity to kick start a dull part of your life. Try adding a healthy plant (one that thrives in lower light like a peace lily) or a floor lamp to that forgotten corner.
These small, simple fixes will get the energy moving in your home and bring harmony to the household. But there is a bonus to trying out these simple projects. By starting with small micro-changes, you will create momentum and a desire to take on bigger projects around the home. Small changes create big shifts—and today is the perfect day to start changing the energy in your home.
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