Setting yourself up for success
Feng shui is the practice of arranging elements in a space to promote the maximum possible flow of positive energy, otherwise known as chi. An ancient Chinese art, this philosophy suggests you can increase your abundance, vitality and happiness by creating a harmonious environment, one in which chi can easily flow.
But beware: It’s easy to disrupt your chi, and when you do that, things can go very wrong. We spoke to feng shui experts to find out what might be blocking the vital life force in your own home and what you need to do to make things a whole lot better very quickly.
Keep the entrance clear
Shoes, coats, bags, backpacks, kiddie sports gear – we could go on, but why bother? You know all the stuff that has a tendency to accumulate near the front door. But it’s essential to clear it if you want good mojo in your house. The front door, the entrance point of chi for your home, should be positive.
Feng shui expert Kathryn Weber, publisher of the feng shui site Red Lotus Letter, suggests “keeping your foyer open by moving piles of shoes and clutter out of the way.” An entryway that is easy to move through fosters good energy in your home and your life, which can mean increased opportunities. Weber reminds us the opposite is also true: “A crowded and cluttered entryway can diminish energy and stall income and relationships.”
Get rid of clutter in your hallways
Got an oversized console table in your hallway? How about a bench that collects a bunch of stuff that never seems to get put away? Toss it! (Or at least find a better spot for it.) Feng shui guru Karen Rauch Carter, author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life, wants you to think of hallways as the arteries of the home. Visualise them aiding in the circulation of the energy throughout your home and “remove anything that impedes the natural flow.”