Feng Shui: 5 Tips for Beginners
Many years ago, you probably heard people beginning to talk about Feng Shui, but you didn’t pay much attention because you assumed it was a fad that would soon pass. Now most people you know swear by the benefits, so you are finally ready to give it a try. The problem is that you are totally out of the loop, and you might not want to seek advice from a friend, so you don't have to hear the dreaded "I told you so!" Well, there are a lot of layers to Feng Shui, so don't expect to learn everything in a day. Getting started is the hardest step, but these five tips will at least get you prepared and put you in a good position to move forward with your decorating.
Open Your Mind
You can't begin the decorating process, if you are still thinking that Feng Shui is some fad. You need to go into the process with an open mind. Everything is made of energy. You are the ruler of this energy in your home. You need to be able to identify and relate to it, so you can ensure the energy is working for you and not against you.
Identify Your Intentions
Why are you incorporating Feng Shui into your home? Are you just doing it because everyone else is? If so, you may have a hard time connecting with your space. Maybe you are feeling sluggish or having trouble sleeping lately. Perhaps you are looking to invite wealth and success. Your intentions will play a role in the process, so be true to yourself.
Get Rid of Things
This is often the hardest step. You want to get rid of things you don't need that are just adding to the clutter. You also want to get rid of things that pollute the environment or create too much negative energy. For example, a ton of electronics in the bedroom could be creating the busy feeling that is preventing your mind from resting. Do you have a wood-burning fireplace? Toxic smoke has no place in a Feng Shui environment. You can enjoy a clean fire instead. Bio ethanol burners and fireplaces create clean fire. They can be enjoyed in any room in your home because they need no venting.
Clean and Organize
Now that you have removed the clutter, it is time to start with a clean slate, literally. Dust, dirt, and disorganization can negatively influence chi. No need to wait till spring to do a deep cleaning. Now is a good time!
Some people jump in and try to make major adjustments to an entire home. Feng Shui should be applied slowly, so you can determine if an action is working for you. If you redo your entire room and end up feeling lost, you have no way of knowing which element may be causing the problem. Keeping a transition journal can be quite helpful. Adjust the area where you spend most of your time first, and then move on with other areas of your home.
- Brady Draper