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8 Feng Shui Tips You Should Know for Your Home

Ancient Chinese believe that a land’s energy can make or break a kingdom. Feng shui is simply a Chinese philosophical concept of harmonizing human energies with their environment. Feng shui is not a religion or superstition that requires spiritual faith, worship and/or sacrifices. The practice of feng shui (literally translates as wind-water) looks with architecture and interior space in metaphoric terms as “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth and humanity. It is about creating positive energy flow.

Like most studies, feng shui can be understood and practiced on many levels. For starters, here are 8 feng shui tips made easy-to-understand and more importantly, easy-to-implement to create positive and vibrant flow of energy in your home instantly.

Tip 1: Make the space outside your main door open, wide and appealing
The front door is one of the most important areas of your home. In feng shui, it is considered the mouth of positive energy. This space needs to be kept open, wide and as appealing as possible. A good feng shui front door nourishes the entire house. Make sure the area outside of your door is well-lit and uncluttered. Remove dustbins, dried plants, unused slippers and cracked old plant pots; and replace burnt out light bulbs. It is also preferable for your front door to open inward, not outward.

Tip 2: Use your front door daily
Most people prefer to go in and out of their homes with a secondary door leaving the front door locked and untouched. But in feng shui, the most abundant positive energy prefers to enter through the main door. Make it a habit to open your front door at least once a day to create movement and flow.

Tip 3: Maintain a visible address
Make sure your house number is clean and visible. If necessary, refresh it with a new coat of paint. Or if you live in an apartment, give your unit number plates a quick polish and shine or a few new screws to secure its placement. A well-posted name in a condominium or address will ensure people and energy know exactly where to find you.

Tip 4: De-clutter
This is one of the most important feng shui requirement in every home. When your home is overstuffed, there is no space to grow, airflow is restricted and energy is stagnated. Clutter blocks energy. A tidy, clean and organized home will give you a sense of calm and relaxation. Make it a habit to spring clean your home twice a year. Get rid of or donate any items that is unused, broken or brings bad or unhappy memories.

Tip 5:  Keep your work and resting rooms separate
Any sleeping or resting room should be kept separate from any work or office activities. Simple rule: where you work, you must not sleep; where you sleep, you must not work. Bedrooms are passive spaces and study rooms are active spaces. If you mix the two, you will find it impossible to either get good quality sleep or have a sharp mind for work. You need to create the right amount of activity and rest depending on the purpose of each room.

Tip 6: Open your windows
In the day, open your windows. Let the air in your home breathe. The warmth of the sun will boost the energy in your home. Cross-ventilation allows for the flow of energy to circulate and replace negative with positive energies.

Tip 7: Bring in plants
Thriving plants promote positive energy. They produce oxygen, clean the air and signify life and living. Choose your plants carefully because sharp, prickly and thorny plants like cactus should be avoided. One great feng shui feature to consider adding to your home is a vertical wall garden. Not only does it bring vibrant living energy to your home, it grows upward.

Tip 8: Consider furniture placement
Avoid any sharp-edged furniture in your home. If possible, replace with round-edged furniture. Anything that you bump your head on or bang your shin on is unsafe and not good for feng shui. If your home has a sharp corner, round it off with a tall potted plant or a standing decor.  Also, remove from sight anything that looks like a weapon. Knives, hooks, cookware and sharp gardening tools should be kept in a cupboard or shed when not in use. The sight and visible presence of these sharp objects around the house can cause conflict and anxiety.

Make your home a place that rejuvenates you, not deplete you. Your own sanctuary infused with positive energy.

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