When the flowers start to bloom we open our windows and welcome in the fresh, spring air to flow throughout our homes, out with the old and in with the new. When you start your spring cleaning this year try to apply some simple Feng Shui rules to your home for a more relaxing, stress free environment.
First things first, de-clutter! The first step to Feng Shui is to completely rid of everything in your home that is broken or you don’t use, don’t love, and/or don’t need. Each de-cluttering phase should only be 30 minutes long, and consists of a small area of your home at a time (by limiting your space and time the task won’t be as overwhelming). During the de-clutter process construct 3 boxes; Keep, Donate, Don’t know. Each time you pick up an item decide in less than 5 seconds which box to place it in, if you aren’t sure, use the ‘Don’t know’ box. After you have finished de-cluttering, revisit the ‘Don’t know’ box and sort through it as quickly as possible.
–Tip: if you still cannot decide on whether or not to keep or donate an item ask yourself, “do I have a place for this?” if you do, then keep the item; if not, then chuck it.
Second, add some fresh, spring flowers to your space! Fresh flowers are always a great way to help with the feng shui in any room, and are suggested to always keep around your home or office. Of course in good feng shui fashion certain flowers can symbolize certain aspects of your life.
The most popular feng shui flowers are:
Peony (pink in particular): The symbol of peony is often considered a metaphor for female beauty; the bedroom is a great place for this flower.
Lotus: The lotus flower symbolizes the ultimate perfection thus making this symbol an even more potent feng shui cure for a healthy and harmonious home.
Orchid: The Orchid is considered a classical feng shui symbol of fertility. The orchid bringing the energy of an untainted natural symmetry, it has also become a symbol of a quest for perfection in any areas of one's life: Abundance, perfection, spiritual growth, beauty and purity.
Cherry Blossoms: Cherry Blossoms have always been used to bring the energy of new beginnings, a sense of freshness and innocence. Most often the image of cherry blossoms is used as a love & marriage cure, but can also be used as feng shui cure for health.
Last but not certinetly not least, one of the easiest ways to incorporate feng shui into your home is by air and light. Open your windows often to let fresh air flow through the space and let in as much natural light as possible during the day; at night time try to use softer lightening such as candle light or use the dimmer on over head lights.
(Research in the use of light in schools has shown that cool-white fluorescent bulbs, (which are used in virtually all classrooms) cause: bodily stress, anxiety, hyper-activity, attention problems and other distress leading to poor learning performance.)
With these simple steps you will notice a more relaxing environment in your office and home which will make it a truly enjoyable space.