First off, a fundamental element of Feng Shui is that our homes should be clutter-free, and I am all over that one. Neatness and I go way back, and minimalism suits me…a little too much. Ready for another one of my true confessions? I have this thing about leaving some drawers and shelves empty…I consider it a sign of success if I’m not using every last storage option in my home (or classroom). So, check, I pass the ‘clutter-free’ criterion. (Mentally healthy? Maybe no checkmark for that one…)
Here’s where my grade starts slipping: the importance of the positioning of objects within the home. Let’s go room-by-room to assess my shortcomings.
Oh, another important tenet to keep in mind: hand-me downs should be accepted only from happy people — so stay away from the Kijiji exersaucer unless you have a psychological assessment of the seller! Also, make sure not to keep anything your child has outgrown in his or her room, as it can stunt mental development. (Come on, seriously? I mean if you’re forcing your eight year old to play with rattles while wearing a onesie there might be some damage done, but really.)
Nothing should be stored under a child’s bed, even if there is a storage compartment, as it may affect sleep. I don’t have captain’s beds for my girls for no reason, and there is a big Rubbermaid bin full of blankets under the crib. And how could my kids possibly sleep any better? I guess tonight I have to empty everything out and see. But wait! No sweeping or vaccuuming under the bed, for fear of disturbing the energy.
An interesting point I came across is that when baby is born, mom should stash away any unfinished products, in order to reduce stress. I actually did that, without even having any knowledge of Feng Shui. Our walk-in closet became the catchall for hospital paperwork, bills, baby gifts, and any other paraphernalia that piled up in the first couple of weeks before I had time to look at it. The whole out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing was actually helpful, rather than having a small pile of clutter in every room of the house.
As for other rooms, the master bedroom should be located far away from front door. Well, we have a bungalow, and although it’s spacious, about a dozen steps would get you in to our room. I also learned that a
person sitting in bed must be able to see who is entering the room…I can’t even visualize a room layout where that wouldn’t be the case. And the foot of the bed should not face the door (check) or a mirror (which ours does.)
Our regular-shaped (rectangular) living room is lucky. Our tables are wooden (wood and metal are good), yet angular (corners are bad)…but I have been thinking of replacing them. And finally, the dining room in the corner of the home, which is perfect, since of course we want to encourage the pooling of ch’i. Doesn’t everyone?
So…are you already a Feng Shui master? Anyone out there who has applied the principles with great success and is now highly offended by how lightly I have treated the topic? Anyone worried about your luck now that you’ve read my blog? Anyway, gotta go rearrange my furniture. Or maybe just shop for new stuff.
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