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We believe your home should be a retreat; it should be a place to seek refuge after a long day of work, reconnect with your spirit and nurture your relationships. It is after all your sanctuary. Learn how to turn your home into an inner sanctum of peace and feed your mind, body and soul using the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui.

Create balance and happiness with these basic principles and Feng Shui your home.

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CLEAR THE SPACE FROM CLUTTER
De-cluttering your home includes keeping a tidy and orderly space, free from unnecessary ‘stuff.’ The master bedroom should be cleared of clothing, children’s toys, computers and television to ensure you get a good night’s rest. Traditional Feng Shui even suggests that you should clear walls and surfaces of photos of family. The ancient tradition insists that the photos that feature in the bedroom should belong to the people who sleep there.

Read: Declutter your home

COLOUR YOUR BASES

According to the ancient wisdom, each colour communicates one of the five Feng Shui elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. The energy space or ‘Bagua’ of your home determines how to choose the right colours to bring harmony to your home. For example in your bedroom, avoid colours that are dark or bold. You want to be able to rise with ease in the morning and sleep well at night. Daring reds and striking blues aren’t ideal for aiding sleep. However in communal areas, where you wish to bring calm and promote inner balance, using earthy and neutral tones are best.

Read: The Power of Colour

IT’S ALL ABOUT POSITIONING

The position of your bed, the function of your home office and its general layout, play an integral role in attracting positive energy. The 3000 year old science suggests in the bedroom your bed should not sit in the direct path of the entrance as it lets positive energy escape. In each area of the home, it is important to have a focal point. Without a focal point, energy is emitted in all different directions.

DESIGN AND COMFORT

Unless you want to attract bad energy into your life, make sure you decorate your home with harmonious pictures and colours that are in agreement with peace, love and relaxation. The verve of your home isn’t fixed, so be mindful of the feel of your home and how it affects your mood.

FENG SHUI YOUR HOME ROOM BY ROOM

The Entrance
IMG_1517A house with good Feng Shui will have a clear energy flow to its front door. Upon entry it should feel warm and inviting. If you have foliage, bins, or shoes that block the pathway to the entrance, the Feng Shui energy flow or ‘Chi’ will be blocked.

The kitchen
For those that spend a lot of time in the kitchen, its Feng Shui is important as a place to nourish and sustain life. The kitchen area needs to have a harmonious and well-organised layout to promote a balanced flow. This will in turn provide the cook of the home with a great space to work. Enriching your diet with good healthy nutrition will also add to kitchen’s positive the Feng Shui.

Read: Cooking with the kids and A beginner’s guide to herbs

The bedroom
To rest peacefully, your bed should not sit in the direct path of the entrance. The exit should be in view while you sleep to make you feel safe and in control, but if it is in line with the door it can create bad energy along the mid-line of the body. You should also be able to access the bed from either side.

The main living area
Place your main couch against a solid wall and not against a window. This ensures you will maintain support in your life and not invite positive energy to leave, or cause opportunities to be missed.

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DEFINE YOUR ‘BAGUA’

Bagua is the Feng Shui energy map that records which area of your home is connected to specific parts of your life. In Chinese, the direct translation of Bagua is eight, and covers eight different elements in your home.

These show the location and colour of the different Feng Shui areas in your home and the life area attached to it.

It is currently debated whether the energy map should be flipped in the Southern Hemisphere, which hasn’t been resolved. Arguments for flipping it include that the map was created in the Northern Hemisphere, while Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Arguments against flipping it include that no matter where you are in the world, north is always north, with the sun rising in the east.

THE FENG SHUI AREAS OF YOUR BAGUA:

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  • East
    • Feng Shui Element: Wood
    • Colors: Brown & Green
    • Life Area: Health & Family
  • Southeast
    • Feng Shui Element: Wood
    • Colors: Brown & Green
    • Life Area: Money & Abundance
  • South
    • Feng Shui Element: Fire
    • Colors: Yellow, Orange, Pink & Red
    • Life Area: Reputation
  • Southwest
    • Feng Shui Element: Earth
    • Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, Earthy & Neutral Tones
    • Life Area: Love
  • North
    • Feng Shui Element: Water
    • Colors: Blue & Black
    • Life Area: Career Progression
  • Northeast
    • Feng Shui Element: Earth
    • Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, Earthy & Neutral Tones
    • Life Area: Spiritual Awakening
  • West
    • Feng Shui Element: Metal
    • Colors: White & Grey
    • Life Area: Creativity
  • Northwest
    • Feng Shui Element: Metal
    • Colors: White & Grey
    • Life Area: Travel
Spring cleaning your home is so much more than just being able to find that book or top under a sea of stuff.  It’s about keeping things orderly and creating a clean slate to invite positive energy into your life.

Emotionally detach yourself from useless ‘stuff’

We all know it’s nice to receive cards for every occasion throughout the years, but if you’ve held onto every card since birth, chances are you need a giant chest to simply house them.  Be selective.  Surely you can decipher what are heartfelt keepsakes and what has now become useless stuff.

And snap! The job’s a game

Mary PoppinsIf you are a fan of Mary Poppins, you’d know that not only is she ‘practically perfect in every way,’ but that she entices the children to clean through a catchy song and magic game.  Whilst cleaning can seem like a laborious task, you can easily take a leaf out of Poppins’ book and make the job a game.  Listening to music can also help make the task an enjoyable one.  Switch your mindset and ask yourself that important question:  What will a clear space do for my mind and spirit?

 

 

Sort out your home, sort out your life

Surrounding yourself with useless things is more than simply ‘just a bit of mess.’  If you don’t want to end up on an episode of ‘Hoarders,’ make sure everything has its place.  With clutter in your home, you can often feel as though you are drowning in a sea of chaos.  Free yourself from unnecessary stress.  Clutter has no place in your life.

Finish the cycle

TowelsAccording to Oprah’s clutter expert, Peter Walsh, in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed, you have to finish the cycle.  For example, if you put on a load of washing, you have to hang it out, fold it and put it away to complete the cycle.  If you leave it for days you’ll only create the hassle of having to redo it.  As Peter puts it, unfortunately we’re accountable and we no longer have our Mums to pick up after us.

 

 

 

[bs_well size=”lg”]1. GET RID OF IT!

Use post-it’s to decipher what to keep, toss or give away.  Things you should toss could be broken or damaged items, whilst things to give away, may be clothes that you no longer feel comfortable in.

2. CONSIDER YOUR STORAGE OPTIONS:

Using appropriate furniture, such as bookshelves, cupboards, display cabinets and laundry hampers; they will help you store your stuff without cluttering your home.  Fuse fashion with function and eliminate mess scattered around your house.

3.  CONSULT FENG SHUI: 

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, you need to create an environment that promotes your efficiency on the job and lifts your mood.  When tasked with clearing the area, wear clothes that are made from light natural fibres, play music that helps you be productive, and open the windows and shutters to allow light in to create a fresh, vibrant working space.[/bs_well]

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