You don’t have to turn your whole house on its feet just to attract better energy in the new year. Start with a few simple things you can do right now. In Karen Kingston’s book Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, feng shui is defined as “the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives.” From her book, we’ve gathered five easy and practical tips for a more vibrant home where energy is free to flow: 1. Remove anything cluttering your doors and stairs.
One simple way to have better energy flow in your home is to make sure its pathways are clear, and no clutter is in its way. “When you remove the clutter, the energy flows more smoothly, and so does your life,” says Kensington.
An important area to rid of clutter is the main entrance since this is how people, as well as energy, opportunity, and progress, enter your home. “Clutter in the main entrance creates unnecessary struggle in your life.” Get rid of junk outside, beside, and inside the door like scattered shoes and umbrellas. Kingston also recommends removing anything that keeps the doors in your home from opening fully. Look for bins behind the door, objects hanging on hooks on the door itself, or on the doorknob. “Notice how much easier your life becomes. This is so simple and so effective,” Kingston adds.
2. Make the “heart” of your home cozy and inviting.
Every home must have a “heart,” according to Kingston. This is the room or area of the house where people naturally converge and hang out. Here, energy collects and blends, then gets distributed around the home. But, in order for that to happen, the space must be inviting enough for people to stay.
Whether the “heart” of your home is the living room, dining area, or kitchen table, make sure it has a homey and cozy atmosphere. “It’s particularly important to have an attractive centerpiece that symbolizes something relevant and inspiring to the people who live there,” says Kingston. Just make sure the space doesn’t get too cluttered or over decorated that you end up doing the opposite.
3. Designate a junk drawer. Surprised? It might seem like it’s counterintuitive to have a junk drawer since junk attracts bad energy, but having one (or one for each floor of your home) can actually make you feel better. Kensington explains, “In our busy world, we sometimes need the blessed relief of just opening a drawer and chucking in all those odd things that are littering the place.” We’ve all been there, right?
A junk drawer improves mood plus keeps your home’s energy vibrantly clutter-free. Win-win! Before you start shoveling stuff in it, though, keep these three rules in mind: 1) the drawer must be small, 2) you promise to use it sparingly, and 3) it’s cleared out regularly.
4. Pay attention to the dirty laundry.
Where is your family’s laundry basket located? Is it in the bedroom? Kensington says stale energy hangs around dirty laundry, so it’s best not to keep it in the bedroom where you and your family sleep, rest, and rejuvenate. Don’t let it pile up, not just for feng shui but your sanity as well! Speaking of the bedroom and dirty laundry, try and change your bedsheets at least once a week to keep your energy fresh. “These tips will improve the quality of your sleep as well as your love life.”
5. Check your closet. Answer honestly. Do you wear -- and enjoy wearing -- all the items in your closet? Kensington bets that, like most everyone else, you don’t. In fact, she predicts that 80 percent of the time, you only choose from a handful of clothes that make up 20 percent of your closet.
Want to test it out? Each time you wear something and launder it, hang it at one end of your closet. At the end of a month, you’ll find yourself pulling out clothes from only one side of your closet. With a new year now upon us, sort through your clothes and give away those that you don’t wear and, more importantly, you don’t really like. “Making a point of always looking good and feeling good is one of the best ways to raise your energy and thereby attract prosperity,” says Kensington.
Find Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui in National Book Store branches for P629.