13 quick and easy tips on how to use feng shui in your home

Learn all the tips and tricks you need to know if you want to improve the flow of your home's energy.

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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that can be traced back several thousands of years. It literally translates into wind and water. The practice involves a detailed observation of natural and man-made spaces. There is a belief in positive and negative energy and the ways in which the Earth's energy can affect people and places.

The concept is based on the ways in which you arrange your home and how it can affect the flow of energy or chi. Feng shui can attract wealth and better relationships, help build a successful career, improve overall happiness and give you a better quality of life.

When incorporating feng shui techniques into your home, it's important to not neglect any areas of your home. Every part of your home is connected to one another. So if one area is overlooked, energy will not be able to effectively flow through.

Feng shui can be difficult for some to understand, but incorporating it into your home can be easy. There are ways in which you can quickly and easily incorporate feng shui into your home without having to resort to complete renovations.

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How to use feng shui in your home:

1. Avoid clutter

Clutter disrupts the flow of energy. Keeping the home clean and tidy is essential in maintaining the feng shui in your home. Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo's book and only keep things that bring you joy. Organise your personal items, keep the kitchen and sink tidy, put away your clothes, make your bed and live a clean and organised lifestyle.

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2. Between the front and back door

The relationship between your front and back door is important. They shouldn't be facing each other as the energy will flow directly in and back out the other end. If this is a factor you cannot change, consider using artwork and rugs to distract the energy. But never place furniture in the path of your front door.

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3. The staircase

The placement of your home's staircase is important because if the staircase is in direct line with the front door, the energy cannot flow through the house. It will go straight up the stairs and this is not ideal as the home appears uninviting. If you cannot renovate, there are ways to combat the issue. Use artwork, plants, rugs and door runners to alternate the flow of feng shui.

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4. The bed

In your bedroom, arrange your bed in the commanding position. This means it should be facing the door but not in line with the door. So ideally, you should be diagonally across from the door. If it's not possible to rearrange your bed or your room is too small, use mirrors to ensure you can still see the door and the energy can flow through efficiently.

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5. The office

If you have an office at home or at work, the position of your chair is important. Most people spend hours and hours in this space every day, so it is essential to not have your back facing the door. You should be sitting in a power position where you can see the door and anything that comes through it.

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6. The bathroom

In the bathroom, always keep the door closed and the toilet seat down. In the concept of feng shui, it is believed that water goes out of the home through the bathroom. Water is believed to be directly related to wealth, so you do not want your money to be flushed or drained away in the bathroom. Stopping this flow can easily be done by keeping things shut.

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7. The kitchen

In the kitchen, the work stations should be balanced. This means that the sink and the stove should not be facing each other as this causes a clash of fire and water. If you cannot change the home's layout, consider installing a wooden island bench to break up the negative energy.

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8. Fix what is broken

A broken tap, a broken handle, anything that doesn't work as it should, should be fixed as soon as possible. This will create a positive space for other improvements. Fixing things in your home will allow you to focus on more serious problems in your life and find solutions for them much easier.

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9. The lounge

In your lounge room, it is essential that the back of your lounge does not face the door. Its back should be against the wall in order to invite positive energy into the space, instead of blocking it away. The idea is that your home is an open plan where energy can flow with ease.

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10. Embrace nature

Nature manifests wealth as it embodies such a lush energy. Incorporating wood elements and vibrant plants around your home will assist with the flow of energy.

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11. Appreciate water

Water is another key element of feng shui. The most popular way to incorporate this into your home is by using water fountains. These can be placed inside and outside, but avoid putting them in your bedroom. Concentrate on the main common areas of the home.

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12. Use crystals

Crystals are a powerhouse of positive energy, so it only makes sense to place them in abundance around your home. There are many different types of crystals, so you can customise it depending on your mood. Crystals are a great way to incorporate feng shui into your house in small doses.

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12. Decorate with mirrors

Mirrors are the ultimate accessory in a household based on feng shui. They help natural light bounce around the room, which in turns helps the flow of energy. Mirrors work to incorporate feng shui in areas that need assistance and where you are not able to make complete renovations. Using mirrors can help guide the flow of energy and avoid negative areas.

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