Easy Feng Shui Tips for First-Timers

Beginner's feng shui for the home to attract positive energy and promote well-being and happiness

Updated on February 13, 2018 9:02 am

Samantha Echavez

Feng shui for the home is not as hard as people usually make it out to be—"there is nothing mysterious about feng shui. It's not a religion. Everyone can practice it," says Master Sharon Fong of Circle 96 LLP. Adds Cathleen McCandless, author of Feng Shui That Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home That Feels as Good as It Looks: "Feng shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. It has nothing to do with changing your luck and everything to do with helping you create a space that promotes feelings of happiness and well-being."

Here are tips from experts on how you can practice feng shui right inside your own home:

1. Make your home bright.

"When your house is nice, airy, and bright—this is basic good feng shui," says Fong.

2. Clean your home thoroughly.

"Remove physical grime. By this, I mean all types of dirt, dust, filth, grease, grunge, crud, and general yuck. Low-level energy always accumulates around dirt, hence the old adage 'Cleanliness is next to godliness.' Doing a good cleanup is essential," says McCandless. Here are tips on cleaning your home.

3. Get rid of things in your home that are broken or unwanted.

"Some people's houses are full of things that are old and not useful, like empty boxes and old newspapers. When an item in your home is not working, throw it away. When it's spoilt, throw it away. Anything that's dirty, throw away," Fong says. Fong's husband, KK, even had to convince his mom one time to get rid of their beloved 18-year-old keyboard because it was no longer working.

4. Minimise clutter.

Clutter not only makes your home unpleasant, it also drives good energy away. "Any kind of clutter creates an obstacle to the smooth flow of energy around a space. This in turn creates stuckness and/or confusion in the lives of the occupants," says McCandless. Check on this link for decluttering tips.

5. Achieve yin and yang.

Yin and yang are feng shui's governing principles, and balancing both is crucial to maintain positive energy inside your home. Skye Alexander, author of 10-Minute Feng Shui Room by Room, expounds: "Yin's nature is yielding, receptive, and inner-directed—darkness, water, silence, curved shapes, and cool colours embody this force. Yang is assertive, active, outer-oriented—we find it in light, fire, noise, sharp lines, and bright colours. Yin is restful; yang is stimulating. In feng shui, we attempt to combine furniture, colours, fabrics, and scents in a harmonious manner so that both types of energy are present and balanced, and neither energy dominates. Too much yin can cause sluggishness; too much yang produces stress."

A room decked out with dark furniture (yin) can achieve a more harmonious and balanced state with the addition of yang cures: painting the walls a bright colour or adding more electric lights.

6. Balance the elements.

In feng shui, it's essential to balance the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. "Another goal of feng shui is to combine the elements in your living space in a balanced, harmonious way, so that no single element predominates. If you notice a room contains too much of one or two elements, you can add something from the other elemental categories to restore balance," says Alexander. If a room is dramatically populated by metal (cabinets, metal desk), then inject other elements like fire and wood—display plants (wood) or paint the walls red (fire).

Adds Alexander: "You can even emphasise or downplay certain things in your life by positioning articles from particular elemental categories in certain places. Want to improve communication with your relatives? Add 'water' items in your living room's family centre."

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