Summer in San Diego extends far beyond Labor Day, which means there’s still plenty of time to tackle a long-delayed summer project like sprucing up your home. While it might sound daunting, cleaning, organizing, and rearranging can have lasting benefits on your peace of mind.
According to the principles of Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment, a calm home reflects and reinforces a calm self. So make this your Summer of Zen with a simple Feng Shui makeover, using these 10 easy tips:
Tip #1: Tidy up and toss out
Building up clutter is easy—getting rid of it, not so much. But “lightening the load” in your home can be therapeutic, so get rid of everything you don’t love. This includes everything from those stacks of paperwork you haven’t filed or shredded to knick-knacks that have no special meaning. Clearing out unnecessary items will aid in the free flow of energy (called chi) throughout your home.
Tip #2: Tend to minor projects
Squeaky doors, sticky drawers, clogged drains, unpatched holes in the wall, and other things that need fixing are impediments to the vitality in your home. If you can’t tackle all the repairs at once, apply a noticeable sticker—like a big red dot—to each mini-project. As you complete each repair, peeling off the sticker will become symbolic of a positive change in your home’s chi.
Tip #3: Welcome fresh air and sunlight
Good quality air and light are essential elements for good Feng Shui energy. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home through the windows, and consider using full-spectrum bulbs in your lighting fixtures. Opening the windows often will welcome fresh breezes and fresh energy, and you can also use air purifiers and air-purifying plants to reduce dust and contaminants.
Tip #4: Use your front door
Entering your home through the garage door or back door might be more convenient depending on where you park your car, but according to Feng Shui, this limits good energy and opportunities in your life because the entry door represents how chi enters your home and life. So even if you continue using the garage door when you’re loaded up with groceries, take the opportunity to use to front door while checking the mail or going for a walk, eventually incorporating it into your daily routine.
Tip #5: Set up a Feng Shui fountain
According to Feng Shui principles, water represents wealth, and one of the best ways to introduce prosperous energy into your home is with a fountain. Whether you prefer a small, tabletop fountain or something a bit grander, the best location to place a water element is close to the entry of your home—either just inside or just outside. But most importantly, the water should be flowing toward the center of your home, allowing the opportunity for wealth to flow into your life.
Tip #6: Keep the toilet lid down
Just as fountains help direct wealth energy into your home, open toilets are believed to be a literal drain on wealth energy, letting flow out of your home, so the toilet lid should always be closed. Plus, from a completely aesthetic point of view, there’s nothing attractive—energetically or otherwise—about an open toilet.
Tip #7: Rearrange according to energy zone
Chi flows best when certain energy-filled items are placed in symbolic areas of your home. To start, stand inside with your back to your front door and look forward, then arrange according to zone (except for the center of the house, which should be kept clear as possible):
- Front left corner: Knowledge
Great for a reading nook, a conversation space, or meditation area
- Front middle: Career
Hang a bright light or chandelier, and add an object that relates to your job or passion
- Front right corner: Friends and travel
Add playful photos, artwork from friends, or a map that reminds you of a favorite trip
- Middle left: Family and health
A perfect spot for family photos, and an area that is especially important to keep clean
- Middle right: Children and creativity
Ideal for a bulletin board, crafting area, or bold wallpaper
- Back left corner: Wealth
Place fresh flowers or a jade plant to increase the flow of wealth energy
- Back middle: Reputation
Display awards, accolades, and good luck symbols
- Back right corner: Relationships
A good place for pairs, like a loveseat, matching pillows, or images of paired item
Tip #8: Fill the space above kitchen cabinets
Space above your kitchen cabinets attracts dust and stagnant energy that can hold you back in life. So unless your cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling, fill the space with plants (live or realistic-looking), lighting features, or beautiful and beloved objects, which will bring life to the area and transform the energy from negative to positive.
Tip #9: Move your bed
Feng Shui uses the “commanding position” to locate important pieces of furniture, and your bed is arguably the most important because you spend so many passive hours sleeping in it. To place your bed in the commanding position, it should be facing the door to your bedroom, although not directly in line with it—a diagonal position is ideal. Although space restrictions might make this difficult, you can accommodate by placing a mirror such that you can see the bedroom door while lying in bed.
Tip #10: Clean your windows
The windows of your home symbolize your eyes to the world. In order to see and experience everything the universe has to offer, the view outside your home should be clean, clear, and free of dirt and grime. Some windows might be hard to reach, so you might have to invest in a telescoping pole with room to attach a cleaning brush and squeegee, or hire a professional cleaning crew to ensure every inch of glass is clear.
Need some help with your Feng Shui makeover?
A clean home is a harmonious home, so if you’d rather focus on putting together a family photo wall or shopping for a calming fountain than scrubbing the windows, let The Maids of San Diego clean your home from top to bottom with our 22-Step Healthy Touch Cleaning System. We offer recurring and occasional cleaning services, plus same-day and extra-deep cleaning services depending on your needs. Give us a call today at (858) 578-6243 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. Then sit back and watch the good energy flow.