I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, ever since having a conversation with my sister about what Feng Shui is.
Here’s wiki’s definition: an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi.
The part I want to focus on is the “improving life by receiving the positive”. When applied to the home, it means that your home should be a positive place. It should make you feel positive. Not annoyed. Not exasperated. Not stressed………..good luck right? But it doesn’t mean your home has to be perfectly clean. It means your home should work for you. Many of the aspects of Feng Shui are spiritual and claim to help you be more profitable in your money-making endeavors. I’m not going to focus on that – the best way I know how to explain how I use Feng Shui is to give examples. So here are several ways I have “Feng Shui’d” my home lately.
- The ironing board. I was storing it in the laundry room. Logical place in my mind. However, every time my husband opened the door, the ironing board fell over on him. (this never happened to me….must be his masculine muscular structure that forcefully swings the door open…) Anyway, it bothered him. Your home shouldn’t bother you. So I moved it. Now it is over by my crafting area – which works well for me anyway.
- My sink. In our bathroom, we have his and hers sinks. For about 3 months now there has been a small piece of plastic in my drain that I stare at every time I brush my teeth. It grosses me out. Why have I left it there? Because I am lazy. But every time I use my sink I get an annoyed feeling. Bad Feng Shui. So the other day it took me about 3 seconds to reach in there with a pair of tweezers and take it out. Now I have positive feelings instead of negative when I use my sink.
Is this starting to make sense? You might think it seems silly – but start noticing around your house – what is annoying you? What doesn’t work for you?
- Last example: Coffee. My sister noticed that every morning she had to walk across the kitchen to get the sugar for her coffee. And every evening she had to move the coffee beans across the kitchen to the grinder. Not a big deal – but why not have them all together in a common place? So she rearranged some things and now has a happy little coffee station.
Again – not a big deal, but those little annoyances of life add up. You should not get annoyed in your own home. There are plenty of other things to annoy you “out there”. For more information you can go here. You can find lots of other resources by googling it – just try not to get bogged down with all of the “extra” stuff – just keep remembering YOUR HOME SHOULD WORK FOR YOU!!!!
your feng shui guru for the day,
p.s. If you have more tips for how you feng shui, please tell us in the comments!