Article by Adrienne Suhm

Many of us could use a little more zen in our lives. But have you thought about how specific items in your home may contribute to (or diminish) a sense of peace and tranquility? The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui – pronounced fung shway – is centered around creating harmony and balance within one’s environment. The phrase translates to “wind and water,” representing the crucial balance between contrasting forces. Everything is said to have a specific energy, or chi, which contributes to the overall atmosphere within your home, office, or other personal space. According to the philosophy, rearranging your items based on Feng Shui promotes wealth, health, and happiness. Does this sound like something you want to try out? Follow a few easy guidelines to emulate Feng Shui in your own space:

The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to your entire home as whole, or by each specific room. There are eight main features, starting with the area directly in front of the entryway and working in a clockwise direction: career, knowledge, family and health, wealth, reputation, relationships, children and creativity, and friends and travel. In each segment of the space, it is recommended that you place a few objects that promote success in that particular area of life. For example, in the area designated for wealth, you could display a valuable item or a small amount of money, while you could store maps or photographs in the area for friends and travel.

Certain furniture items can also be placed strategically to maximize the flow of chi. Most important is the bed; preferably, it sits against a wall that is diagonally opposite of the door, which allows for grounding and a clear view of the entrance. If your home office is not located in the bedroom, a desk can also be placed diagonally opposite of the door, facing toward the entrance to minimize distraction and enhance creativity and focus. A favorite piece of artwork should be hung directly opposite the bed for daily inspiration and plants can be placed in any room to boost growth and good luck.

Finally, the easiest way to emulate Feng Shui in your home is by simply removing clutter. Clutter promotes stagnant energy and hinders progress, while cleanliness allows chi to flow freely throughout any space. Even clutter that is hidden under your bed or inside a closet can drain energy, so it’s best to use a minimalistic approach when decorating and organizing your home.

Each guideline can be interpreted as closely as desired, with the goal of enhancing balance in every space. Ultimately, Feng Shui is more than just the strategic placement of objects – it is a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of creating a harmonious life.