This is your season for growth, and you’ve been doing the work. From going to therapy and making time for intentional self-care to networking during happy hour and at career conferences, you have been spending quality time on your goals. If you’re still feeling a little stuck, you may want to take a closer look at your home and the way energy is or isn’t owing through it. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that helps you design your living and work spaces for spiritual harmony. But it’s about much more than where you place your bed.“Energetically making space in your life and in your home really makes a difference,” says Patricia Lohan, a Bali-based feng shui expert who helps women put their businesses and lives in order by getting them in alignment with the elements of the practice. “Feng shui helps you create a life that looks like a vision board for what you want in your life,” she says.
START WITH GRATITUDE
When you look at your home, what are you grateful for? Yes, we are talking about ways to change your living quarters to make everything ow better, but let’s begin with
the positives. Paying attention to the joy your house brings, the shelter it provides and the wonderful memories created there will help you see your dwelling with new eyes.
DON’T TIDY, DECLUTTER
“Sometimes a very tidy house still has a lot of clutter,” says Lohan. You may put things out of sight and keep the place neatly organized, but you’re still weighed down by a lot of attachment, and that drains your energy. It can be hard to let go of everything that’s holding you back, so take it slow. You don’t have to overhaul your entire home at once. Start with one room or even one box. If you’re having trouble releasing, consider bringing in a family member, a friend or a professional who isn’t as emotionally connected to your things as you are.
MAKE ROOM FOR LOVE
“When it comes to your bedroom, it’s really important to just think of three words: rest, romance and relaxation,” says Lohan. If that’s not the energy you get when walking into your room, it’s time to reconfigure. Start with cleaning under your bed, especially where your partner would sleep. Also, ask yourself, Is there room for anyone else in here? Is my bed large enough for two people? Would a partner be able to store clothes in my closet? These things may seem small, but making space is a way to communicate your desires to the universe. If you’re already coupled up, it’s important to have the same type of intentionality. Happy photos of you and your partner should be a staple in your bedroom, and you can move the pics of family or religious gures to other social places in the residence—you don’t really need them witnessing your most personal moments together. You’ll also want to pay particular attention to the south- west corner of your house, which in uences romance. Make sure the space is peaceful and holds only items you love, preferably in pairs.
SEE THE PROSPERITY
Ready to have more money owing in? Concentrate on the southeast section of your home and add things that make you feel wealthy. “I remember one client whose southeast area was her toilet,” Lohan says with a chuckle. “So I said, ‘Don’t worry. What makes it feel luxurious?’ ” The client went on to add new towels, beautifully scented soaps and fresh owers. “It’s about creating abundance and prosperity in that area,” notes Lohan.
The new year is a fresh start for so many things—fitness, relationships and career. Why not take the opportunity to make update your home as well. Here are
5 ways to refresh your home for the new year!
1. Lighting. Lighting is the easiest way to make a huge difference in any space. If you are ready to roll your sleeves up and do a little work the impact will be huge. Make sure you go for maximum impact–pick a new style that is a far departure from your current one. If you have white walls, a crisp pink lampshade may provide a good match. If you are normally fearful of color try going dark with an Iron Chandelier.
2. Liven it Up. Add some live elements into your space to inject color and texture–without breaking the bank. Display them in Woven Cotton Rope Plant Pot Hanger to add even more impact!
3. Add Your Home Fragrances. Just put a few fragrances in the room can inject new atmosphere into a space. If you have already invested $$ in your frames try finding a few “instant print” art options from Etsy and slide them in front of your current pictures. You don’t have to make a big investment to get a big olfactory change!
4.Mix in a New Pattern. Switch out a few throw pillows on your sofa or shams on your bed with a fresh new pattern. Add pops of color to your home with these one-of-a-kind pillows. Inspired by her travels, the designer specializes in vibrant, happy home décor and fashion textiles derived from her original artwork. Each piece is ethically made with high-quality organic cotton and eco-friendly materials, proving that sustainability can also be stylish. They even sell them in suggested sets, so it takes the guess work out of mixing and matching various colors and patterns!
5.Rearrange What You Have. If one of your resolutions is to save money don’t feel like you can’t also refresh your home too. Rearrange what you already have to give each room a fresh new perspective. For maximum impact relocate and mix items from one room to another.
With these quick changes you can easily refresh your home for the New Year. Still feel like you need a little extra + personalized guidance! Drop me an email and we can chat about working together to update your home or small business!