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Live from the 17/03/2017

Feng Shui your home 

By Justine Jamieson

Tidy House, Tidy Mind. This weekend it's time to de-clutter and organise your home. Have  any drawers full with stuff you don't use? Give the contents away or recyle. Wardrobe full of dated clothes that you are holding on to? They may give you good memories, but you never wear them, give them away. Connections with material things can become ridiculas for some of us. Break away, try not to get emotional about clothes (says the ex-fashion designer/stylist whaaaat?) But you can buy more clothes that you actually wear. Also does your pantry or fridge need to be organised, so you don't keep buying things you already have? And be sure  to clean your windows to let the light in, change your sheets and have less clutter on surfaces. Whatever you feel you have time for this weekend, just do it. We’ll start next week with a clear de-cluttered mind ready to open our hearts.

Feng Shui your home

Here are 9 simple tips for bringing positivity into your home with Feng Shui. Nine is the most auspicious number in feng shui, so if you can manage to do all nine of these, you will attract even more good energy!

1. Use your front door

Many people live in homes where they drive up into the garage and use the back door to get in. While this is very convenient, from a Feng Shui perspective this may limit good energy and opportunities in your life because again, the entry door represents how “chi” enters your home and life. The easy Feng Shui fix?

2. Fix squeaky doors

Does your entry door squeak or whine when you open or close it? The entry door is the first and last thing you encounter when coming or going from your home. The sound is as if the door is crying and this can affect your mood and well-being. Many people have become so accustomed to the sound that they don’t even notice it. Oil that door hinge and create more positive energy when you enter and leave your house. It’s also helpful to oil any other door hinges throughout the home, but the entry door is the most important.

3. Splash out on a Feng Shui fountain

Water represents wealth in Feng Shui.  According to Feng Shui principles it’s advantageous to place a water element such as a fountain near the entry of your home. It can be just inside or just outside, but the most important part is that the water should be flowing towards the center of your home. That means that the wealth has the opportunity to pour into your life!

4. Plants above the kitchen cabinets

Take a look at your kitchen cabinets and check to see if they are built up the ceiling . It is good Feng Shui if there is no space above the kitchen upper cabinets. This space above the kitchen cabinets attracts dust and stagnant energy. The “chi” gets stuck there and encourages dead energy which may hold you back in your life. If there is a space, there’s a Feng Shui adjustment for you! Place some lighting, green plants  or beautiful and loved objects in this location. These objects bring life to this area and transforms the energy.

5. Keep that bathroom door closed

The idea is that the water goes out of the home here. Since water is related to wealth, we don’t want our money being flushed away.  Keep the toilet seat cover down (goodluck those with kids or partners) and the bathroom door closed.

6. Where is your bed located?

In Feng Shui, they use the “commanding position” to locate important furniture such as your bed. The bed is arguably the most important piece of furniture to put in the commanding position because you spend many  hours sleeping! To place your bed in the commanding position, you want to be facing the door while not in line with the door while lying in bed. Ideally you can be diagonally across the room from your bedroom door. However, I understand this is not always possible. In that case, find a mirror and place it so that you can see the door while lying in bed. I suggest freestanding mirrors, they’re easier to move around and get just right.

7. Cover up the TV in your bedroom

Some have televisions in our bedroom (I don't). But it happens. If you have trouble sleeping it or even if you don’t, it is a good idea to cover the television when not in use. The active energy of the television as well as the electronic aspect of it may be disruptive to the type of calming quiet energy that's right for bedrooms. My suggestion, find a beautiful scarf or fabric and just toss it over the television!

8. Clean all windows

The windows symbolize your eyes to the world. We want to be able to see and experience everything that the universe has to offer us. Find some old newspaper, grab a bottle of vinegar and water… and clean away the grime. Open your eyes and brighten your space.

9. Do a space clearing

Last but not least, do a space clearing. Our homes and environments retain the energetic imprint of those that inhabit the spaces. It is always good to just take a little time and burn off the old energy to welcome fresh and new “chi”. My favorite methods of space clearing are Palo santo is light and great for everyday use. White sage is heavier – for the heavy duty space clearing. Whatever you use, make sure to imagine the space being filled with positive energy and your dreams for the future or wishes for people that live in the rooms.