Simple Ways to Use Feng Shui in Your Home

When you become familiar with your home’s interior, it’s a wise idea to fill it with positivity. The answer lies in feng shui, an ancient Chinese science that charts energy balances through scientific calculations. 

With feng shui, you can invite positive energy into your home, energizing and balancing your life. While the calculations depend on your specific space, in this article, you’ll find some general guidelines and energy tips to make your at-home time as comfortable as possible.

Add some greens

Feng shui believes that plants embody life’s energy. It means plants connected to nature bring vibrancy to your home. 

Green plants in your living space can be beneficial both physically and psychologically, providing a sense of vitality and freshness. Adding lush greenery to your home is one of the key feng shui items. You should live by the motto: When in doubt, add more plants. 

The most important factor is to choose plants that are easy to maintain and can survive your environment. For instance, if your house doesn’t get much natural light, you should buy plants that can tolerate it. Beginners should start with easy plants, such as golden pathos.

Remove obstacles

Feng shui believes clutter inhibits the flow of new energy and takes up valuable space. 

Is there any tripping potential on the most frequent routes in your house, such as from your bedroom to the bathroom? Do you bump into the same end table every day? Make sure your pathways are clear, and mind how you move through your space. It’s probably a good thing if this inspires a major overhaul. 

In case you’re still hesitant to let go of your belongings, move the items into storage. Pick a storage facility as per your needs, whether renting a storage unit or buying storage boxes and storing it in your garage; it will keep your everyday routes free of clutter.

Feng shui emphasizes efficiency, so it’s essential to remove obstacles from your path and make your flow as smooth as possible.

Ensure that your commanding position is correct

Be sure you are not directly in line with the door when lying in bed.

The commanding position is one of the most important principles in feng shui. Arranging your furniture – beds (which represent you), desks (which represent your careers), and stoves (which represent wealth) in the right way is really important. 

While you may be unable to move your stove, it should be fairly easy to move your bed and desk. The idea is to position these furniture pieces so you can see the door while using them. Neither should you be directly facing the door, nor should you have your back to it. This all plays a role in allowing you to receive the maximum positive energy.

Take a vertical approach

Incorporating vertical shapes into your decor signifies growth as the light travels upward. 

There are numerous ways to do it. For instance, make the space feel taller by adding a tree to a corner, or you can install some tall bookshelves if you have the space. 

Creating a sense of height is a matter of working with your parameters. 

Start the day with clean energy

Keeping your workspace clean every day should become a habit. You’ll not only feel less stressed, but you’ll also feel more organized in these chaotic times. Furthermore, you’ll get a fresh start each day, making you more productive. 

The windows (the eyes of any building) are an easy way to make a big impact. Maintaining good feng shui at home means cleaning your windows regularly. The more sunlight you let in through clean, clear windows, the better. Maximize natural light in your home by giving your glass a new shimmer.

You are also naturally energized and awakened by sunlight. Seeing all of the colors and objects in the clear sunlight can metaphorically mean having a clear, positive perspective of things and seeing the world more clearly, vividly, and precisely. The more light you let into your home, the more spacious, vibrant, and energetic it becomes.

Work on your entryway and energy flow

Try to keep it clear and bright regardless of the size and shape of your entryway.

It makes sense that the first place you see when you open your door has positive energy, doesn’t it? Feng shui believes that your entryway is where energy enters your home and life.  You should ensure that it is well-lit, clearly labeled, and displays the address.

Make sure there are no walls blocking the entrance when you enter. In a metaphorical sense, it means being opposed to everything you want. If you have a wall, cover it with a mirror. A mirror symbolizes expanded opportunities and can encourage you to live your life to the fullest.

You can also slow energy flow with artwork or a stair runner that inspires reflection. Another Feng Shui solution is to place a heavy element at the top of the stairs to force the chi to slow down, for instance, a metal vase. 

Create Space

Often, clutter is mentioned in the same sentence as feng shui, but feng shui is more about space creation than de-cluttering.

Are there any ways in which you can make your life more spacious? Your home is the best place to start. Let go of what is no longer needed in a drawer, room, corner of the refrigerator, desk, or whatever size works for you. It creates an open space for a new, fresh opportunity to flourish when you let something go.

However, if you fill-up the space, don’t beat yourself up. It’s just the way things work in the universe. The nature of life is impermanent and not static. Join the waxings and wanings of humanity in a joyful dance. Open spaces fill up, then empty, then fill up again. Keep yourself open to starting over. Releasing and creating some space can be done repeatedly in a new (or the same) corner.

Include the basic elements

Symbolically or physically, your home contains all five elements – earth, wood, fire, water, and metal. Using warm colors like reds and ambers or an actual fireplace or burning candle would bring the fire element to life. 

It is common for people to seek out elements that they either lack or are an imbalanced part of their lives. For instance, those with aggressive tendencies should avoid overdoing fire elements in their decor. Alternatively, those lacking motivation could enhance their homes with more fire elements. 

You should pay attention to your home’s symbolic and literal elements because they can cause emotional imbalances. It is important to strike a balance between all the elements. 

Offer Gratitude

Thank your home for all it has done for you. Shamans believe that everything, including your space, is alive, which is the basis for feng shui. In the same way that life energy (qi) flows through you, it also flows through your house.

The house you live in provides you with shelter. You can do many things at home, such as rest, nourishment, celebration, and so much more. Thus, express gratitude to your home in a simple way. With a humble attitude, thank your home from the bottom of your heart.

Conclusion

In Taoism, feng shui is a metaphysical practice that aims to help you understand your place in the world. Feng shui is based on the cycles of nature, such as fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. In order to achieve harmony in both your personal and professional life, you need to create harmony in both. Organize your home by dusting and decluttering. If you have the space, you can add plants and artwork. Make sure your home and entryway welcome energy. Each item in your home holds the energy of the world beyond your front door and deserves a ‘home’ of its own.