We are looking for a new home. What are some things we should look for in terms of good Feng Shui?
If you’re looking at homes that have been lived in before, find out all you can about the previous occupants. It’s best not to buy a house where people were unhappy, sick, or committed suicide. A house that has been owned by many people over a short period probably isn’t a good idea. Some simple things to look for are a nice, simple shape to the house, healthy trees and plants surrounding it, no straight road running directly toward the front door, and a front walk that curves rather than running straight. There aren’t very many perfect homes so don’t be discouraged. Most problem areas can be fixed with enhancements.
Why is the entrance of a home important, it isn’t that big?
The entryway or foyer of your home is the first place that people set foot in your home. You want them to feel welcome. Even if you have a small entrance, keep it clear of clutter and paint it a warm color. Keep it well lit and bright. This also encourages visitors to look forward to being in the rest of your home.
When I make a drawing of my living space, does it have to be perfect?
It doesn’t matter how well you can draw. You just need to make a sketch of the basic shape and then add the rooms. The main idea is to make a drawing that shows any angles in the rooms that aren’t square. Another trick is to take detailed photos of the rooms (label it) and do a rough layout of your home.
Everything I read about Feng Shui talks about getting rid of clutter. What’s the big deal?
Many people consider clutter to go hand in hand with Feng Shui, which is not always the case. Every individual has their own way of organizing their space and life. I try to find ways that compliment your specific style rather than dictate one style that may work for me but may not work for you.
A little clutter is healthy. Too much clutter impedes the flow of qi (chi) energy in a space and is an outward, visible sign of the clutter that is within your mind. Think about if you leave a bunch of stuff in a doorway. It’s hard for you to walk through it. That’s the way clutter acts in any area, small or large. It puts up blocks so that the energy slows down or in some cases, stagnates. Clearing out clutter is also good for your mind. You know how good you feel when you clean out your closet or reorganize your desk? Getting rid of junk will give both you and the space you cleared revitalized energy. We can help the clutter in our minds by clearing the clutter in our surroundings.
There is not only the physical aspect of the clutter, but also a mental aspect. Reading the 27 Day Feng Shui Love Cleanse and there will be some simple tasks that will help you understand the importance of removing mental clutt
I have a small apartment. The only place I have for my computer is in my bedroom. How can I practice good Feng Shui with this condition?
In Feng Shui practice, a lot of times we have to work with what’s there. We can’t always just move our home or business. If the only place you can have an electronic component such as a computer is in your bedroom, then try to make it as separate as possible. Buy or make a screen so that you can create an area for it that makes it seem like it isn’t really in your room. You can also soften its effect by placing a live plant on the desk, adding a lucky object—a small jade dragon, a Buddha, or some gold coins—and a lamp with a soft bulb.