Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmonious environments based on principles of energy, movement and balance. This is something that people spend years on and some even a lifetime on. I'm not one of those people, but there are many practical, day-to-day ways we can apply Feng Shui, or a version of it to our lives. To me, FengShui is a way to help you keep organized, clutter free, and a nice calm environment.
Feng Shui tradition maintains that our physical surroundings affect every aspect of our inner and outer lives. In simple words, how your home looks really does affect your well being, physically, spiritually, and mentally. This is a seriously proven thing not just through those who practice and teach Feng Shui, but also through psychology.
One of the main things you want to do is to keep the area around your front door on both the inside and the outside open and free of clutter. When you first walk through a door, what surrounds your immediate space gives you an impression of what the rest of the home is like. If it is cluttered and dark, you immediately start on a negative tone. If it is open and colorful or bright, you feel much more welcome and calm.
Make sure the area around your front door is clutter free.
What you first see when you enter sets the focus for the whole house.
American Classic Homes has some wonderful tips on how you can help make your home feel comfortable and welcoming, not just at the front door, but in every room of the house. They help you understand that through basic home design and color choices, you can give your home a true update that will benefit the whole family. I know for me, if our master bathroom is not clean, my whole day starts off on the wrong note. It may seem like a strange thing, but it's the first place I go to in the morning. If there is dirty laundry and towels laying around and a trash can that is overflowing, the room feels a little depressing to me. So making sure it is clean and organized, or as clean as possible is important to me. My day starts off better and I feel better which is reflected on how I treat and respond to my family.
Keeping your rooms easy to get through, with points that focus on what is important to you whether it be a grouping of family photos or your favorite collection, it should be done in a way that helps you and the people who come in your home feel comfortable and not overwhelmed with "stuff". You should be able to move about your home without having to move things to get from place to place or to wind through paths of stuff that has accumulated over the years. To me Feng Shui is open and free, fresh light coming through the windows and colors that are bright but calming in nature.
It doesn't matter what your personal style is either. Colonial, Industrial, Early American, Victorian, Craftsman, all of them can be done by using the techniques of Feng Shui. American Classic Homes can help you look at your home, plan a new home, or redesign your home to function in a way that helps you and your family enjoy the space you live in and be welcoming to guests who visit.
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