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Feng Shui Your Home in 30 Minutes Flat

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Laura
02.02.14

So your house looks good. But how does it feel?  The Chinese term “feng shui” translates to “wind-water” ­­– two things associated with good health in Chinese culture. Basically, the 3,000-year-old practice provides guiding principles for maximizing positive vibes in the home. While some laws of feng shui call for more elaborate considerations (like removing ceiling beams), there are plenty of simple tweaks that can each be tackled in just a few minutes!

Here are five feng shui improvements you can make with your Third Eye Chakra closed.  

1. Clear the Clutter, Free the Chi

Those stacks of papers and piles of odds and ends aren’t just eyesores – they’re also energy barriers. Feng shui dictates that positive energy or chi can only flow when clutter is eliminated. By clearing your space, you’ll allow for greater mental clarity and a heightened sense of well-being. If decluttering your entire house feels a little too ambitious, start with a single room like your kitchen.

2. Make Your Entryway Inviting

The front door is a vital element of feng shui because it serves as the energy gateway to the home. So, a balanced, inviting entryway is the key to a balanced space. To achieve this sense of balance, keep the path leading up to your home free of unsightly obstructions like trash cans, cracked flower pots or dead plants. Also, make sure the door itself opens smoothly – no squeaking – and looks well-maintained with fresh paint and hardware.

3. Check Your Knives

A common feng shui view is that the sharp edges of knives contain a negative, cutting energy. Because of this, some practitioners suggest that kitchen knives should be kept out of sight (either in a closed drawer or a knife block). Others take a less conservative approach and simply recommend that kitchen knives should be kept in a place that is safe and accessible. If you have children in the home, then keeping them out of sight makes sense. If not, just be sure to avoid dangerous locations such as above your head!

4. Downplay the TV

No matter how uplifting your favorite romantic comedy may be, the television itself is not conducive to good vibes. If you want to adhere to feng shui, it’s best to hide your TV altogether in an entertainment cabinet or behind a concealing screen. At the very least, make sure it isn’t the focal point of the room by arranging it off to the side or camouflaging it on the wall among framed artwork.

5. Sleep Freely

The rule for peaceful bed placement can be summed up in one word: space. First, position your bed in the so-called “power spot” which is directly across from the bedroom door. Then, make sure there’s an even amount of room on both sides. Avoid pushing your bed against a wall, unless you wish to trap both your partner and negative energy. 

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