How to Create Good Feng Shui in Your Home

Create Balance With These Basic Rules

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It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start when cultivating good feng shui in your home. What rooms should you begin with? How do you start fresh, or what do you do if a room is already decorated? What should you not do in feng shui?

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5 Easy Ways to Create Good Feng Shui in Your Home

Thankfully, it doesn't need to be challenging. Here are a few ideas, including basic feng shui rules, to kickstart your journey to a happier and more energizing home. Feng shui is not design or decorating; its principles and ideals can inspire you to decorate your space in a feng shui way to bring more balance to your life.

So whether you're new to feng shui room design or an expert, here are nine essential steps to create good feng shui to apply in every room of your home.

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is a metaphysical practice of understanding your place in the world as inspired by five principles or elements in Taoism. The five principles of feng shui are based on the cycles of nature: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The desired result is creating harmony in your life and spaces.

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    Brighten Up Your Entry

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    In feng shui, your entry represents how energy enters your home and your life. The front door is the "mouth of qi." The entrance is the first place to start when you want to create good feng shui in your home.

    Start with decluttering and removing any debris. A lot of objects tend to accumulate at the front door. It doesn't need to be empty but relatively uncluttered. Make it work for you.

    Next, sweep and clean up the area. The front entry (interior and exterior) is often overlooked. Wipe down the door and shake out the door mat. Take a good look around.

    Can you make this space more inviting and spacious by removing or adding anything? Clearing out a space creates a place for the energy that enters your home to collect and gather. Blocking energy is one of the essential things you should not do in feng shui.

    Finally, make sure this space is well-lit and bright. Add lighting or change the bulbs.

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    Clean Your Windows

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    Windows symbolize the eyes of the adults in the home; for children, it's their voice. To create good feng shui in your home, clean your windows regularly. Clear, clean windows let in more sunlight.

    Sunlight naturally energizes and wakes you up. Sunlight also vibrantly renders all of the colors and objects that you see. Light makes the home more expansive, vibrant, and energetic when you let in more light. Clean windows metaphorically help you see the world around you with the most color, clarity, and precision.

    As a bonus, use all-natural or homemade cleaners, like a simple solution of white vinegar, water, and a few drops of essential oil.

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    Give Your Doors Some Attention

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    In feng shui, doors represent your voice and communication. Doors are also portals through which opportunities can come into your life. Your doors deserve a bit of your attention.

    There are two things to look out for. First, be sure that all your doors can open to at least 90 degrees. When there is a bunch of clutter behind a door, it can't open all the way. This blockage means you can only receive a portion of life's opportunities. There are parts that you're closing yourself off to.

    Second, check that all your doors are working correctly. Ensure that the hardware functions effortlessly and that the hinges are not squeaking. Look to see that the door can close well and with ease. All these details affect how the energy finds its way to you. You want the flow to be as smooth as possible.

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    Commanding Position

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    Commanding position governs how you position yourself in life. Apply this position to the location of your bed, desk, and stove.

    The bed represents you. The desk represents your career. And the stove represents your wealth. When you are in these spaces, be sure that you can see the door without being directly in line with it. For example, when you are lying in bed, sitting at your desk, or cooking at the stove, you want to see the door. You might end up diagonal or "kitty-corner" from the door.

    You are in command of your life when you are in a commanding position. You are in a place to receive positive energy and the best opportunities.

    Tip

    In feng shui, house direction is important. Since light, in essence, represents energy, south-facing is the most advantageous house direction for light, chi (energy) absorption, and family harmony.

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    Remove Obstacles in Your Path

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    Take a good look at your daily path through your home; this is your feng shui space layout. Look at the physical path you walk as you move through your home, from when you wake up and arise from bed, then to the bathroom, and so on as you head out the door. Do the same when you get home, make dinner, and end up in bed. 

    You become desensitized to all the blocks and physical obstacles you have in your daily path. Maybe it’s that light fixture that flickers or the door that always sticks, and you have to slam it closed. It’s an obstacle when you have to squeeze through a cluttered hallway. When you hopelessly peer into a closet jammed with clothes that don’t fit you anymore—all of this affects you. Over time these obstacles can accumulate and create problems for you; this can be considered bad feng shui for a house.

    The first step is to notice the obstacles, adjust with kindness, and be gentle—one thing at a time.

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    Be Spacious

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    Clutter is often in the same sentence as feng shui, but feng shui is less about de-cluttering and more about creating space.

    How do you make your life more spacious? Start with your home. Find a physical spot: a drawer, room, corner of the refrigerator, desk—the size doesn’t matter—and let go of what’s no longer necessary. When you let something go, you create an open space to invite a new, fresh opportunity.

    And don’t beat yourself up if the space gets filled up. It’s how the universe works. Life is not static or solid; there is impermanence. Joyfully dance with the waxing and waning of humanity. Open spaces get filled up, then emptied, then filled again. Always be willing to make a fresh start. Find a new (or the same) corner to release and create some space over and over again.

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    Space Clearing

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    Hand in hand with being spacious is space clearing. Along with the physical space is the energetic space; both can be cleared. Sometimes in feng shui, this is called a space blessing.

    You can use a few techniques: smudging with palo santo wood or diffusing sweet orange essential oil. In need of a simple space clearing technique that requires no materials? Visualize bright white sunlight filling and cleansing your entire home.

    When you space-clear your home, try associating it with positive thoughts. Develop an intention of what you want to cultivate and create in your life.

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    Plants Bring Life Energy

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    In feng shui, plants embody life energy. What does that mean? Living greenhouse plants connect to nature, bringing vibrancy into your home. Green plants are like a fresh-pressed organic green juice for your home—they introduce freshness and vitality. Green, vibrant plants are one of the key feng shui items for the home.

    The most important thing to remember is to find plants that you can care for and that are appropriate for the space. For example, consider your lighting conditions. If you’re new to plants, try some easy ones, like the golden pothos.

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    Offer Gratitude

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    Offer thanks to your home. Feng shui is a shamanic tradition that derives from the belief that everything is alive, including your space. The same life energy (qi) that animates you also flows through your home.

    Your home is your shelter. Your home gives you a place to rest, nourish, celebrate, and so much more. Offering gratitude to your home is simple. Speak to your home with a humble heart and say, "Thank you."

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