Your conscious actions and choices can aid vital energy flowing in your home without obstacles. You can create a safe haven and accelerate achieving your goals and dreams by harmonizing your environment.
Know what you want and take action!
The energy enters your home through the front door (called the mouth of chi in Feng Shui).
Do you let clutter – stuff waiting to be recycled/ repaired/ given away, or just declared “alien” – ruin your experience?
Do you allow constant annoyances – an obstructed entry, a jammed door, peeling paint, or dead plants – drag your vibe down when getting home?
The front door needs to be clear and inviting. Spruce it up with a coat of paint. (Consider the color!)
Are you welcoming abundant and vital energy to help YOU flourish?
Clearing the pathway from the street to the entrance and lining it with colorful plants and/or lights/ mobiles will make a huge difference.
Place some healthy potted plants near the door.
Keep the area well lit.
To avoid confusion triggered by a brick wall or split-wall entranceway, install a full-length mirror.
Personal items (shoes, bags, coats, keys… – even worse if off-season-) all over the mudroom or entrance area without practical storage solutions can spoil your mood.
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The major causes of confusion are:
- There are too many things in sight because of clutter, and/or lack of smart storage solutions.
- Simple tasks are taking too much of your time because items are not in their logical place, near where they are used.
- The purposes of certain rooms/areas are not planned out optimally, considering the activities that take place there.
Decluttering must be regular and ruthless, for your peace of mind.
Get rid of stagnating energy if you want to move forward. (Out of sight out of mind? Not really. Clutter in the attic or basement is still a festering problem, bothering you on a subconscious level.)
Configure your new storage solutions AFTER decluttering. Sort and categorize.
Cabinets, shelves, bins, caddies, boxes, baskets, storage bags, dividers, organizers, racks, hangers…etc. There are endless possibilities to get organized in smart, visually pleasing, and fun ways.
(If you find it challenging, ask for help.)
You and your family’s needs dictate the purpose and the layout of every area in the house. Think outside the box: you may need to set up your home office nook in the kitchen or have a living-room and kitchen fusion.
Consult the Bagua for best possible results.
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Get out of the loop of procrastination
The messy basement that is calling your name; the junk mail that needs to be sorted; the bird feeder you started months ago; the broken ceramic plate you want to repair… What are they screaming about?…
Ok, now, forgive yourself!
About 20% of people are procrastinators. According to psychology, procrastination shows that one is unable to manage their frustration/fear/insecurity/self-doubt or other negative emotion about a chore. It can be detrimental to mental and physical health.
There are several techniques to manage negativity around a task, even when it comes to taking care of your home:
- Focus on your realistic and meaningful goal and visualize yourself reaching it. (You could have a constant reminder in the form of a vision board.)
- Plan: prioritize, break down bigger chores into smaller steps, consider your productivity during the day. Write things down, it helps you recognize the logical order of steps; saves time, energy, and keeps you on the right track.
- Find clever ways to avoid distractions.
- Ditch your desire for perfectionism.
- Set deadlines. Turn to trusted family members and friends to hold you accountable.
- Reward yourself.
Cure floor plan issues
The healthy flow of energy through the home depends greatly on the floorplan and certain design elements.
- The shape of the building,
- the center,
- the position of the bed, stove, desk, toilet,
- the room you see first when entering,
- the ceiling (and the beams, if any),
- the doors and their alignment,
- the bathroom(s)
are all crucial to evaluate.
For best results, consult a Feng Shui expert.
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All systems go
Any problem that manifests physically in your environment reflects your physical, mental, emotional state, and vice versa.
The electricity in your home vibrates with your body’s nervous system.
Plumbing, ac, and heating resonate with the circulatory system, and the immune system.
Vents and ducts can affect the respiratory system.
Doors with their hinges relate to the joints.
It is crucial to take care of the maintenance of these systems regularly.
High EMF levels cause toxicity in the environment, so weaken the immune
system and can cause illness. (Definitely avoid electronics in the bedroom!)
Do your research and install the right anti-EMF solution(s) for you.
Tackle too much of a good thing
- Furniture pieces can overcrowd the space, if they are too big, or there are too many of them. Naturally, the couch needs to be comfy, and provide enough seating for your lounging experience. It will appear less heavy in a lighter color.
- It is imperative to research the physiological and psychological effects of colors before applying them. Rely on neutrals to create a serene ambiance. Stay with hues of one color to play it safe. One bold color on a large surface becomes overwhelming. Too many dark tones or painting the ceiling dark in a small space is very intense.
- Mixing and matching should not lead to visual overwhelm. A large pattern can take over a small room. Using patterns in different scales can be balanced when staying with a few colors. Choosing one or two materials, or the same object from different eras leads to a cohesive look. Letting items in a room pick up the colors of an artwork or a rug creates harmony. Textures make your experience more tactile, add comfort. Just don’t overcrowd your abode with them.
- Avoid “swimming” in a sea of objects (vintage treasures, market finds, collectibles). Grouping collections together, and/or displaying only a few of them is a conscious design choice.
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Fix too little of a good thing
Bring in life force.
Plants and flowers help us relax, ease pain, connect us with others.
Use natural materials to make your interior inviting.
Pick patterns and forms from nature to invoke your connection with the beauty of sacred creation.
Turn to natural colors and strong color stories, like the 5 Elements’ Colors or the 7 Rainbow Colors.
Natural light and air are healing, energy boosting, increasing serotonin and endorphins, make us energetic. Let them in, let your nest bathe in sunlight and breeze, if possible. Make sure the windows are clean and not blocked from inside or outside. Install full-spectrum lights. Improve the air quality indoors by vacuum cleaning and changing the air regularly. Have good ventilation, and purify the air naturally with plants, salt lamps, beeswax candles, aromatherapy.
Improve your mood with essential oils and nature sounds.
Give yourself regular breaks from technology.
Feng Shui can help you gain a fresh perspective, get you motivated to streamline your home, so you CAN tap into your full potential.
Be the Magician: align yourself with the auspicious energies and the magic of the universe.
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Julianna Kocsis is a Feng Shui Specialist, Organizational Expert, Intuitive Vibrational Catalyst, Textile Design Archivist. She is also the founder of Talila Consulting. Bringing Order and Harmony to your Home, Work and Life.