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New Beginnings: How To Feng Shui Your Home In 2018

January 04, 2018

 

2018 has finally kicked in—and so has the binge-eating regrets—but it does bring in a lot of exciting things to look forward to perhaps a new job, an awesome new place, or maybe even a new love. Whatever it is, a brand new year always give us a refreshingly positive outlook in life. With it however, comes the urge to get rid of the old, and especially of the negative energy from the previous year. Any form of excess baggage must be discarded. Like the saying goes, out with the old, in with the new, which means it’s time to welcome the coming year with a clean slate.

In the spirit of the new year, here are some essential Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) tips that could help revitalize your life. Remember, the point is to find and attract the right kind of chi (energy) by rearranging your living space. This will naturally accommodate the flow of chi if done right. However, don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it!

Say goodbye to clutter – every once in a while, it’s good to declutter. While we put a lot of sentimental value on our things, we do have to learn to let go of the physical form that represents good memories in order to make room for new ones. Before putting them in a box, you can snap a few pictures of them for posterity.
Something red – hang or accentuate your door with a red trinket or decoration. According to ancient Chinese folks, the color red will attract good luck into your home. Putting it at the opening of your home is the right place to evoke good vibes.
Strike a balance – putting a little bit of zen in your home can invigorate the senses and create balance. You can ahieve this by mixing the five elements together. Earth, wood, water, fire, and metal—take your pick and set them together by a table, preferably in the center of your home.
Put your family photos in the living room – though it’s alright to put a picture of you and your special someone in the bedroom, it’s advisable to put the rest of your family’s pictures in the common area of your home. This makes the photos more accessible to guests, thus helping to balance the chi. You can also opt to keep some photos in a scrapbook or a photo journal.
Mirror, mirror on the wall – mirrors create the illusion of a bigger space and allow more light to spread within the house. Make sure to display something visually appealing in front of your mirrors to avoid reflecting things like garbage cans or a messy kitchen.
Bring nature in – while candles, sticks, and pebbles make for the zen effect in your home, plants, flowers, cacti and succulents always refreshes the soul. Place a beautiful plant or a flower on a window sill or the corner of a room to brighten up the space. You can also put some fresh flowers on your kitchen island for a pop of color.
Space for tech – set up a small area where your guests can securely leave their tech devices. This encourages real-time conversations over meals without the distraction of their smartphones. Putting devices away for a while allows the natural chi of people to come out and express themselves genuinely.
While there are certainly no hard rules to follow when it comes harmonizing the energy of your home and the rest of the world, it’s nice to change things up once in a while to rejuvenate the senses. Either way, the secret is to never overdo things and to always have fun!

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