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The Importance of Home Maintenance in Feng Shui

Feng Shui teaches us how to balance the energy of our surroundings to positively influence every aspect of our lives. No surprise then that the place we call home is at the top of our Feng Shui checklist.

To-Do Outdoors

Let’s break it down like this, from the outside in. On your way back in from taking your dog for his nightly stroll, pay attention to the walkway leading up to your front door and the surrounding landscaping.

  • Keeping your walkway clear and free from damage can greatly improve the chance that new opportunities will come into your life. What kind of shape is your mailbox in? How about light fixtures, doors, and porches? It’s the little things that most people don’t think of or care about that can make the difference financially as well as in your health and vitality.
  • Take a good look at your landscaping while you’re at it. Severe financial hardship can result from letting your grass grow too long, or by keeping dead plants or weeds around. Keep your front and back lawns well maintained by keeping the grass short, removing dead plants and leaves, and planting colorful flowers.
  • One other aspect that could make a huge difference is water. First off, make sure there are no leaky hoses or sprinklers around your home. Do not over or under water your landscaping as this can cause emotional and financial troubles. Consider adding a water feature to your landscape design, such as a water fountain. Water is a sign of abundance and represents life energy or chi, so treating it with the care it deserves should never be underestimated.

To-Do Indoors

When it comes to Feng Shui, the cleaner your home is, the better. A clean house results in better energy and a stronger life force. So… clean! Clean like you’ve never cleaned before, from top to bottom.

  • When it comes to what you have in your home, less is more. Keep only the things you love and use often, and get rid of the clutter. If you want more good things to come into your life, you must make room for them. When your home is jam-packed, there is no room left for prosperity to flow in. Keep the money flowing in by getting the clutter out.
  • After getting rid of all the clutter, you may notice dirt and/or scratches on the walls or doors. You’ll need to attend to this right away by cleaning, repairing, and/or replacing the walls and doors. If these things are not attended to, it can result in a feeling of hopelessness and missing opportunity. Doors are where your chi enters the home; so make sure they are well maintained, and keep the walkways clear to keep that positive energy a flowing!
  • The windows in your home are considered it’s eyes. They’re how we take info in, so clarity is key here. If you’re having trouble focusing or making decisions, try cleaning your windows.
  • Have you ever considered the importance of air quality while inside your home? It’s time to think about clearing the air, which studies show can sometimes be more toxic to breathe inside than the air outside. Yikes, right? Rest assured! Using specific indoor plants can help purify the air you and your family are breathing. Here are a few examples of air-purifying plants: Aloe Vera, spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), gerbera daisy, snake plant, English ivy, even Chrysanthemums can all reduce airborne toxins. Do some research and find the perfect indoor plants for your home. Breathe easy knowing that the air in your home is a little cleaner. Thanks, Mother Nature! Just make sure to keep them out of the bedrooms.
  • Here’s another nature element found inside your home: water. We touched on the care and maintenance of outdoor water features, and it’s just as important inside your home. Time to fix that leaking pipe or faucet, and keep your water, and life force, flowing.
  • Light is powerful in Feng Shui, and it needs to be addressed in your home maintenance checklist. If you want the ability to see life clearly and lift your financial energy, then it’s important to clean light fixtures, replace burned out bulbs, and keep lights bright (no dim bulbs).

Taking care of your home, inside and out, as things are needed or come up will greatly improve how you feel and the energy balance of your abode which can only bring great things into your life. Keeping your home both clean and well-maintained just might be what you need to bring happiness and prosperity into your life. Seem overwhelming? Let me help. Schedule an in-home consultation with me, and I’ll gladly guide you through the process!

Next Steps

As you’re maintaining your home, you’re taking beneficial steps to allow the flow of positive Feng Shui energy called Chi to flow through your home.  Make sure you are attracting it into your home and that the flow is optimal by following some steps on my website.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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A Recipe for Fridge Feng Shui

That giant appliance in your kitchen isn’t just a food storage container that takes up a lot of space. It actually represents two important Earth elements that rule our food and health; water and metal. Think of it as a health altar of sorts that helps you to care for your family.

Just like when learning to cook, having the right ingredients, tools, and following the correct steps will be a recipe for Feng Shui success. This will not only promote your family’s health and well-being, it but will also reward you with a positive life force which will create more abundance and generosity in your life. Read on for our recipe for fridge Feng Shui.

Ingredients

According to Feng Shui beliefs, a healthy person has a healthy refrigerator, so start by taking everything out of your fridge. Get rid of any food that is expired, leftover, or filled with unhealthy preservatives, additives, sugars, and chemicals. You don’t want a fridge that represents an unhealthy lifestyle. Keep only nutritious, healthy food that will help create a positive life force for your, and your family’s, well-being.

Wait! Before putting anything back into the fridge, follow the steps below.

Tools

In order to Feng Shui your fridge, you will need the right tools: Warm, soapy water with vinegar for a sterilized, holistic approach; Color-coded and pretty containers to help you stay organized and honor your food; Storage for any clutter that may be on the front or on top of your fridge.

Steps

Step 1: Now that everything is removed from your fridge and you’ve gotten rid of all the unhealthy food that will slow you down, it’s time for a deep cleaning. Take out the shelves and any/all attachments that can be removed, and deep clean them with warm, soapy water and vinegar. Don’t forget the inside of the fridge too. Containers leak, crumbs build up and it can leave behind a sticky, icky mess.

Step 2: Now, place everything back into the fridge, starting with the shelves and attachments, in an organized way, keeping in mind which areas would be a good choice for which groups of food. Now, use those color coded containers and get to work. Why not green containers for veggies and red ones for meats? Place all the meats together along with all the fruits, and veggies. You get the idea.

Step 3: Clean and organize the outside of the fridge. Don’t let the source of your family’s health and well being be weighed down by clutter! The top of your fridge was not made for storage. Take it all off and find other places to store it or consider getting rid of or donating anything that hasn’t been used for awhile.

Is the front of the fridge filled from end to end with magnets, coupons, photos, recipes, you name it? The front of your fridge is not your junk drawer! This is clutter, and remember what we said in a previous Feng Shui article on clutter? It’s a huge Feng Shui no-no. We suggest cleaning it off, and keep only a few things that help positively energize and inspire you. Just like the inside, if your fridge is cluttered and disheveled, it will take its toll on your health.

Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat! Now that you’ve worked so hard to Feng Shui your fridge, be consistent! Put things back in the correct groups. Each week, preferably before going grocery shopping, clean the fridge. Throw away junk food and leftovers. Deep clean your fridge with warm, soapy water and vinegar once every few months.

Reap the Benefits

Not only will these tips bring positive chi to your space, but check out all these added benefits:

  • A healthy fridge makes you feel good and is good for you. It motivates you to make better decisions about the food you put into your body.
  • When you’re consuming more nutritious food, your energy level will be elevated which can create more abundance and generosity.
  • An organized fridge produces less waste which can save you money because it prevents you from buying more than you need.
  • When things are organized in groups you’ll know where to find the food you need, when you need it, which will save you time.

Since the fridge is associated with wealth luck in Feng Shui, decluttering yours can help promote good family fortune, and who wouldn’t want that?!

Next Steps

Starting fresh with your refrigerator can be the first of many beneficial steps to allow positive Feng Shui energy called Chi to flow through your home.  Make sure you are attracting it into your home and that the flow is optimal by following some steps on my website.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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Declutter to Feng Shui Your Space!

The notion of a neat and simplified space translates into less stress and less “stuff” weighing us down. However, just the idea of decluttering your home can make you feel anxious, overwhelmed, and just plain lost. Where in the world do we begin?

Feng Shui Clutter

Studies have shown that out of all the things we keep, we will only actually use 1 in 20 items. You read that right, 1 in twenty! That’s a lot of clutter, and clutter is a HUGE Feng Shui no-no! Read on to find out the meaning of clutter in Feng Shui and some items currently in your home to get rid of now!

Feng Shui is all about positive energy flow to help keep us balanced and energized which will help welcome positive things into our lives. However, nothing new can come into your life if you don’t make room for it!

In Feng Shui, clutter is anything that is hopelessly disorganized (like that huge stack of old bills and magazines growing bigger by the day), unused (like all those baby toys your four year old isn’t into anymore), and/or unfinished (like that piece of artwork you were sure you could nail but looks nothing like a Van Gogh). It creates an inability to move forward oftentimes keeping us back from making progress.

Any space can be quickly transformed by first clearing the clutter. Getting rid of the clutter can breathe new life into both the space and you. By surrounding yourself with only the items in your home that you love and often use, you surround yourself with a strong, active energy that can bring focus and clarity into your life.

People are always saying they need to declutter but they don’t know where to start. Others feel a sense of loss when getting rid of items they no longer use. Nothing good can come from keeping that clutter around. It can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, tired, depressed, and even angry. That clutter keeps you in the past and prevents you from looking towards the future.

It’s time to get rid of clutter! Don’t like the thought of throwing your things in the trash? Consider donating some of the gently used items, or use apps like OfferUp or Decluttr to make some extra cash. Feeling overwhelmed? Try taking it one day, one room, even one object at a time. Try to avoid accumulating more things. If you don’t plan on using it, don’t bring it into your home.

Get rid of some of these things now and re-energize your home:

  • Possible Kitchen Clutter: expired food, expired cleaning supplies, ancient spices, mismatched food storage containers, or any item with several duplicates (do you really need five pizza cutters?).
  • Possible Family & Living Room Clutter: old magazines, outgrown toys, toys that are missing pieces, DVD’s that are never watched or damaged, old dog/cat toys that were destroyed long ago
  • Counter Top or Office Space Clutter: piles of old mail, expired coupons, old cell phones, unread books, read books that you don’t plan to read again
  • Bedroom Clutter: worn-out or uncomfortable shoes, mismatched socks, outgrown clothes, worn-out clothing, outdated clothes (so much clothes!), broken jewelry
  • Bathroom & Linen Closet Clutter: worn towels, worn sheets, unused toiletries, old cosmetics
  • Outdoor Space Clutter: unused sporting equipment, worn out/broken sporting equipment, outgrown outdoor toys, broken outdoor toys

With the recent end of the school year, our kiddos are returning home with all of their projects and, ahem, “artwork” from the entire school year. Fight the urge to keep it all after you’ve taken some pictures for posterity. Consider this the first step in your decluttering journey.

Remember you are not alone! We live in an age of consumerism, where acquiring “stuff” is part of our culture, but when it starts to impact the way we think and feel, we need to take steps to change it. The hardest part is getting started, but when you begin to see and feel the benefits of a decluttered space, you won’t regret it!

Next Steps

After you’ve rid yourself of clutter, you’ve made space for positive Feng Shui energy called Chi to flow through your home.  Make sure you are attracting it into your home and that the flow is optimal by following some steps on my website.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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Get Away with Feng Shui!

YES! Summer is here, which means warm weather, barbecues, and vacation. It’s time to get away from all of life’s chaos and surrender to fun and relaxation. For some, traveling presents a whole other level of stress because you’ll be away from the comforts of home. Wish you could take your balanced Feng-Shui-coziness of home along with you? Oh, but you can! Bring it along with you internally by setting clear intentions for expectations before setting off. Read on to find out more on how you can get away AND bring the power of Feng Shui with you!

Traveling to Your Destination

Feng Shui is all about creating a balanced, positive energy in all of one’s livable spaces. Believe it or not, this includes vehicles. The ancient Chinese art teaches that incorporating the 5 elements – earth, wood, water, fire, and metal – can help with this balance. Whether you’ll be traveling by car, train, or plane this summer, follow these helpful tips to help you and your loved ones be in harmony.

  • Car Prep: Have your car inspected at a garage to make sure it’s safe for traveling long distances. Safety includes getting rid of those sometimes-toxic air fresheners. You don’t want your family breathing those harsh chemicals in the entire trip! Replace them with all natural essential oils such as sage, which purifies the space. Sage can also be helpful for clearing your space before setting off. If traveling by train or plane, consider a diffuser bracelet or necklace which are also helpful ways to breath in the power of essential oils. If you don’t want to invest in jewelry, you can apply it topically on your hands or on your wrists to help you breathe it in.
  • Clutter-Free Trip: One of the biggest Feng Shui lessons is to live a life free of clutter and garbage within your surroundings. These things can create chaos, and pull your energy down. Cleanliness plays a huge role here as well. Before taking a road trip, make sure your car is clutter free and clean, including the carpets. Don’t forget those windows! They are, after all, the eyes of your vehicle, so keeping them clean is important. The same goes if traveling by train or plane. Keep your immediate area free of clutter and garbage.
  • Rock Out the Chi: Turn on your favorite tunes! Music can actually get rid of negative energy, or chi, and make you and your passengers feel revitalized!
  • Hydrate: Everyone knows that staying hydrated with plenty of water is important especially in the hot summer months. Water also happens to be one of the five key elements. Representing thoughtfulness and clarity, water will help flush out negative energy caused by electronic devices. Always have your water with you while you travel, for Feng Shui and for your health!

 

At Your Destination

When you’ve finally arrived at your home away from home, the first thing on your to-do list should be to make sure you have a clean space. Clear the energy, and the air, at the very start. If available, burn some sage or pull out those essential oils. Help maintain this positive chi by pulling out that Feng Shui travel case you pre-packed weeks ago. Oh, what’s a Feng Shui travel case, you ask? Here’s what’s in it and why you should never leave home without one for a vacation.

  • Bring Home With You: Help maintain the strength of your relationship with your family by carrying a few small photos of your most cherished times together. This can help smooth out your communication while traveling. Position the photos where you can see it when going to sleep and upon waking.
  • Diffuse Some Energy: Bring along that diffuser in your bag as another helpful Feng Shui tool. Diffuse lavender oil to take advantage of its relaxing scent and to refresh your energy throughout the day. Other popular oils to consider for traveling are cedar which helps dispose of negative energy, and sweetgrass which is thought to drive away negative thoughts.
  • Seriously… Clean It: I personally like to wipe down all the light switches, door handles, and TV remotes with antibacterial wipes with a couple of drops of lemon essential oils to kill any germs left behind by the previous tenants. Even the nicest hotels don’t usually clean their switches and handles.
  • Neutralize Electricity: Big televisions and electrical devices can also affect balanced emotions. Unplugging and/or covering said television, as well as any other electrical devices, when not in use, may help with getting a better night of sleep when traveling.

I hope these tips can help you travel with ease, and with more excitement. Go on an adventure! Take it all in! Use those senses to see, smell, touch, taste, and listen.

Next Steps

Feng Shui doesn’t stop when you get home.  Get prepared for your next vacation by planning for it with Feng Shui.  Learn about the Travel Corner of your home to not only attract it, but to enhance it.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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Going to the Chapel? Don’t Forget to Feng Shui Your Wedding

So your beau (or the beau of your friend) has finally popped the question, and you can’t wait to tie the knot! Congratulations! Now, start your new life off right by bringing the positive power of Feng Shui into your wedding day with these tips.

The Color Combos
Colors hold powerful meanings in Feng Shui and will set the mood at your event. They can also reflect the two of you as a couple, so choose wisely.

  • Red: A traditional Chinese wedding color and the right choice if you want to incorporate a strong sense of love and romance into your day.
  • Pink: Pink is the color for you if you are a young couple and you want to bring out the lighthearted playfulness from your guests.
  • Orange: A warm color, perfect for a large guest list, orange will promote conversation as well as a comfortable atmosphere.
  • Yellow: A cheerful hue, yellow is a bright color. It shines like the sun, so if your space is not well lit, find a way to tie it in.
  • Greens and Blues: It is well known that blues and greens promote calming feelings and as such, they are perfect for a wedding of a couple who have known each other a long time or even a second wedding.
  • Purple and Violet: Having a small intimate wedding with close friends and family? Bring out a passionate vibe with purple and/or violet tones.
  • Black and white: You can’t go wrong with the color of the yin and the yang! Black and white represents positive Feng Shui which means a strong and balanced relationship is in your future!

Wedding Wear
When choosing your wedding day attire, think color and fabric. Did you know that white is the color of death and mourning in Chinese and Feng Shui culture? Due to this, it is recommended that if the bride really wants to wear white on her wedding day, go for an off-white shade such as beige, ivory or even gold.

Just as important as the colors that you incorporate into your day are the fabrics you choose in your wedding wear. Focusing on the balance of the yin and the yang, the heavy fabrics represent the yin and the light fabrics represent the yang. It’s important to have a balance of both in your attire. Some light, excitable fabrics include chiffon, organza, and tulle. For the heavy fabrics, try and choose fabrics that carry a quiet energy like satin, brocade, or shantung.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Okay, color is coming up again in our third tip to promote wedding day Feng Shui. Are you starting to see a trend here? Blue is a color that represents peace and serenity, so borrowing something blue for your big day can only bring peace to what can be a stressful event! Do you have a couple in your life that has had a long, happy marriage with a happy family? Try to have your borrowed item come from them. That person’s happy, positive energy just might rub off on you!

The Venue
So you have your color scheme and wedding attire picked out, and you’re ready to search out the perfect venue. Here are a few things to keep in mind. A must have for your Feng Shui checklist is a bright venue with lots of natural light. Bright light = bright future, got it? Overhead lighting can press down on you and your guests, so natural light is where it’s at! Look for a place with plenty of windows, or if going for a more romantic feel, light plenty of candles and add mirrors to expand the light. Oh, and no clocks allowed! You want a timeless union. Finally, ask that the venue to provide an odd number of place settings at each table (an odd number of tables as well). We’re not looking to divide things in two at our reception or in our marriage.

The Departure
The day has been everything you have dreamed about, and now it’s time for the big departure of the new Mr. and Mrs! Don’t forget to incorporate Feng Shui here as well! As you make your getaway have your guests shower you with one of the following symbolic items:

  • Flower petals: Petals, especially rose petals, symbolize love and a new beginning.
  • Grains or beans: Getting showered with these items are an age-old tradition in Chinese weddings. They symbolize prosperity and fertility to have a family. By the way, it turns out that the rumor regarding the ill effects of rice on birds is absolutely false. I guess the lesson here is not to listen to every old wives’ tale.
  • Bubbles: Expanding bubbles in water symbolizes your wealth growing like bubbles.

You’ve finally made it through the crowds and the grain and/or bean shower and climb into, wait for it, a black limo. Remember what we said about white? It represents death and mourning, and you don’t want that on this day. The color black symbolizes a stable foundation that every marriage, especially yours, should start with. Inside the limo, hang a mirror from the back or a crystal from the rearview mirror to ward off darkness and help create a bright new beginning.

Registry Tips
When registering for gifts, stay away from anything that cuts or divides, such as knives or scissors. You don’t want anything that will cut your beautiful, marriage into pieces! Register for gifts in odd numbers, as you don’t want your household items to be easily divided in halves later. Also, no clocks or watches as gifts, just like the day of the ceremony, you don’t want your relationship to “run out of time”.

Congratulations, and here’s to positivity and good fortune on your special day and forever loving marriage!

Next Steps

Feng Shui for love and relationships doesn’t stop when you’re married.  Learn about the Love & Marriage Corner of your home to not only attract it, but to enhance it.  In addition, if you’re thinking of starting a family, learn about the Children & Fertility Area and the Family Area of your home.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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5 Feng Shui Tips to Invigorate Your Space Today

Do you love being home? Oftentimes, our homes are a reflection of who we are, but not many people realize that your surroundings can affect your energy, your mood, and even your luck.

Feng Shui is a system of harmonizing with your surroundings. Rather than relying solely on style, Feng Shui focuses on matching your home with your intentions. It’s all about giving a positive energy boost to you and the areas where you spend most of your time.

Here are five easy and effective tips to breathe new life into your space and help you feel fresh and energetic at home.

1. Have a Clear Purpose
Know what you want from life. See it, feel it, and know that it will come to be with a little hard work. Being completely open to what the universe has in store for you and seeing everything as a potential opportunity for personal success is key to achieving positive chi or energy in your home or personal space. Positive energy flow is what Feng Shui is all about.

2. Amplify the Call of Nature
The English translation for Feng Shui is “wind and water” Open those blinds, shades, or curtains and look around you. Listen to the birds sing. Open your windows and breathe in the energy of Mother Nature. In Feng Shui, birds are powerful symbols of new opportunities, abundance and good luck, but that isn’t all. Birds also symbolize love and commitment. With all of these wonderful virtues, why not put a bird feeder or bath outside your window and invite their energy to join you? You can even find what birds you are drawn to and add photos or sculptures of them into your decor.

3. Bring the Outdoors In
Get your green thumbs ready because in Feng Shui, plants represent abundance and wealth. They symbolize growth and health, not to mention they’re beautiful to look at. Caring for and seeing them thrive is invigorating for us as well, and they reciprocate by breathing refreshing energy into our homes. They add moisture to the air and eat toxins. So don’t be afraid to bring some of the outdoors in!

4. Light Force
Have you ever felt energized when walking outdoors on a sunny day? This is because light is the strongest manifestation of energy and can help balance the flow of chi in any space. A dark space will have a lack of life force, while light will give you the positive energy boost you seek. So open up those blinds to let the sunshine in, invest in better, brighter lighting indoors and let the force be with you, always.

5. One Step at a Time
Are you ready to feel the benefits of Feng Shui all around you? It may seem overwhelming, but taking it week by week can make it so much easier. Make one small change each week. Bring in one element, like a plant or water fountain, to help the energy flow in your home. Additionally, things like decluttering your space can make a huge difference on how your home looks and how you feel. That clutter is bogging down your chi energy and your life.

Next Steps

Ready to dive in? What’s one thing you can do right now to starting benefiting from the power of Feng Shui?

Learn more about Feng Shui on my website.

If you are interested in improving your life through Feng Shui, I can help.

I am a 3rd generation Feng Shui expert and have helped thousands of people add harmony and balance to their homes and offices without making it look like a Chinese restaurant exploded.

I can help you attract the life that you deserve with Feng Shui.  Contact me today!

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