Feng Shui literally translates to ‘wind water’. This popular ancient Chinese art shows us how we can balance our surroundings for a positive influence in our lives.
A poorly maintained home can affect the health and wealth of its occupants. Western Feng Shui offers practical advice on how we can shape our homes and offices to promote health, harmony, prosperity, and productivity.
Sir Winston Churchill had once remarked, “First we shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” However, you don’t have to be a millionaire to have a house that is neat and attractive.
Try these 7 practical Feng Shui home maintenance tips for converting your house into an inspiring and inviting home.
1. Ensure a beautiful, well-maintained entrance to your home: As per Feng Shui, the entrance is the main point from where opportunities enter your life. It is also the first impression that visitors get of your home. Decorate the entrance with pots of flowers. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Keep a clean doormat at the entrance. Clean the cobwebs and repair any broken lights and door bell. Repair any cracks in the patio or the path leading up to your home.
2. Clean up clutter: Remember the adage ‘cleanliness is equal to Godliness’? Cleanliness is a big deal in Feng Shui. Having too much stuff at home can drain our energy. Conduct a home or office cleaning drive every three to four months. Dispose of things (e.g. books, clothes, files, stationery, decorative items, furniture, and electronic equipment) that are damaged. Donate the unwanted stuff to charity or have a garage sale.
3. Rearrange the furniture: Do you keep bumping into some pieces of furniture? Sharp edged pieces of furniture send a message that your home is unsafe. Rearrange the furniture to allow free passage. If need be, reduce the amount of furniture and fixtures in your home and office.
4. Clean the windows: Windows represent the eyes of our home. It is believed that dirty windows hamper clear thinking. Clean the windows regularly using natural (chemical-free) cleaning products.
5. Replace anything that is damaged, moulding, or broken: Cracks in the wall, peeling paint, broken down wall clock and moulding cabinets create energy that is harmful for our well-being. Care for your home/office the same way you care for yourself. Replace broken/damaged items. Use a dehumidifier to keep your home free of mould and mildew.
6. Pay attention to the landscaping: Even if you have a small yard, keep it well maintained. Remove the dead plants and leaves and cut the overgrown grass. Plant colourful flowers in the garden. You can also consider adding a water feature in your landscaping design.
7. Incorporate elements of nature: A key guidance of feng shui is ensuring the indoor air quality at home. Placing indoor plants such as the Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber, English Ivy, and Boston Fern are a great way to remove indoor pollutants. However, don’t go overboard with placing indoor plants in your home or office.
Feng Shui recommends that you keep your home clean, well maintained, and as natural as possible. Incidentally, that is also a goal that drives us. MiteyFresh brings you non-toxic home maintenance products that keep your home free of dust mites, harmful allergens, dampness, pet dander, and harmful chemicals.
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