Easy Ways to Feng Shui Your Home

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You have heard about all the great benefits to be received by incorporating feng shui into your home, but getting started can be a bit daunting. Many people are nervous to take the first step because they are scared they will do it wrong. Well, there is not a "right" or "wrong" way to feng shui your home. There are simple guidelines, as well as some elements that should be present. As intimidating as it may seem, it is a lot easier to pull off then you think.

  • Clean the Clutter - This is the most important step and it is one that you absolutely cannot skip. Yes, clearing the clutter can be incredibly time-consuming, but you will feel much better when it is done. Do not just stuff everything in a box in your closet or bedroom either. Donate things you do not need, or plan on having a yard sale. If you know you are going to have a sale you will be less likely to hold onto unnecessary items.

  • Improve the Air Quality - You cannot have a healthy environment with unhealthy air. There are a number of plants that will purify the air and improve your space. You can also use an air purifier or water fountain. The moving water creates negative ions which cancel out positive ones. Dander, dust, allergies, cigarette smoke, etc., are all positively charged. If you have a traditional or woodburning fireplace consider making the switch to an ethanol fireplace. Ethanol fireplaces are fueled from ethyl alcohol. This is a safe and non-toxic substance which is generated from plants like corn, sugarcane and switch grass. When the fuel burns, no soot, smoke or ash is produced. As a result, the flames are extremely clean.

  • Add a Focal Point - Create a point of focus to help center your room. Consider hanging a painting, canvas, or picture. Insert a bio ethanol burner or hang a wall fireplace.
  • Add a Fire Element - An environmentally friendly fireplace is a crucial component to a feng shui space. You may want to consider selecting an ethanol fire element. Ethanol fireplaces create the cozy atmosphere of a real flame fire, while still maintaining clean air. If you have a small living space many will use a tabletop fireplace as their fire element. This is a great option as it takes up little to no space. 

  • Support Your Energy - Before choosing your color palette, consider finding out your birth element. You do not absolutely have to do this, but you may feed off the energy more in a room that features colors associated with your element. For example, if you were born at the end of July in 1973, you may assume you should decorate with reds, oranges, and yellows to represent fire. After all, you are a Leo so your sign is fire. Well, this is true, but your birth element is actually water. Your energy colors are shades of blue.

  • Create Balance - Balance plays a leading role in feng shui. It is hard for the mind to relax or even feel comfortable in an unbalanced space. You cannot have all tall and large elements on one side of a room. They need to be equally placed throughout the north, east, south, and west quadrants. It is also important that you have a nice mix of round and straight edges. Chi cannot flow properly through a room that is solely full of sharp edges.

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