I never mentioned that I feng shui-ed (totally a verb) my last two apartments. Just a bit, anyway. Now that I’m at it again with this apartment, I thought I’d share a few things that I learned.
I decided to feng shui my first back-in-Sac apartment on a whim when I saw a feng shui book on the clearance racks at Barnes and Noble, and I decided I could use some positivity during the rough spell I was having. I don’t really know if it had much impact on my chi, I was not in a great place most of the time I lived there. But the distraction that moving things around and reading about feng shui created was well worth it.
Some feng shui tips are totally over my head, and the deeper meaning behind pretty much all of them are beyond my grasp. But I realized in my reading and moving things around that the most important feng shui tips are totally practical, and I love that.
First, a super duper quick background on feng shui. The focus of feng shui is your “chi,” which is your personal energy, spirit, your “life force.” The more easily it moves and flows in your home without obstacles, the better. Your chi affects your finances, friendships, love life, career. Everything.
So feng shui techniques focus on placing objects in your home in the way that best allows your chi to move freely. Some techniques aim to improve one specific part of your life. For example, you might paint your office wall orange to increase creativity.
A lot of feng shui cures are more general though. My three top tips are all general.
So here are my top 3 feng shui tips for dummies:
1. Remove clutter | I think this was the most predominant tip I’ve seen. Clutter is bad for your energy, your chi, your life. It’s bad for your home. Especially when it blocks your movement or gets in the way of important daily tasks.
2. Don’t let broken things stay broken | You don’t necessarily have to fix them, but you can’t keep broken things in your home. Get rid of them or repair them. Quickly.
3. Bring life and movement into stale areas | Dark corners, awkward cut-outs, areas where you really aren’t going to be moving or doing anything are stale. Your chi gets trapped in there. It sucks positive energy out. There are a number of “cures” (that’s what feng shui fixes are called!) for these areas. Common ones are mirrors, crystals, plants, or anything that moves. But you get the idea. It’s something lively, bright, full of energy. Add something to those stale areas that can remove the negative energy and help your chi keep flowing!
A few of my favorite things I incorporated into my home after reading about feng shui:
- plants, plants, and more plants
- a crystal hanging over Seymore’s litter box – the messiest place in the house needs some serious positivity
- a happy laughing Buddha in my living room (bonus points for the fact that he’s got a sack over his shoulder… I forget exactly why, but I think that somehow leads to better friendships)
- an always-closed toilet seat. in feng shui, you close your toilet seat before flushing. Feng shui logic behind it aside, I actually never closed my toilet seat unless I was cleaning it, and I just think it looks better and seems more sanitary to have it closed now. Strange how much thought I put into something so little, but it makes a big difference for me… . 😉
- bright flowered paintings in my kitchen (I initially decided to hang these in my last apartment on that spot where my blood splattered when I had my nasty kitchen accident. It just seemed to fit feng shui principles to cover such a negative space with something beautiful, and now they make me smile for oh-so-many reasons.)
That will start your feng shui journey! Colors with various meanings and laughing Buddhas aside, the key feng shui cures are incredibly practical. If it makes your home cleaner and more functional, give it a try! It’s probably good for your chi 🙂
[Disclaimer: I am so far from an expert it’s ridiculous. Everything I’m writing above came from a book or website, but I have no idea how to validate the authenticity of those tips. So no promises. But personally, I love all those tips and I’m not going to fret over how legit the source is!]