Minimalism is the science of simplicity. As we find ourselves in the depths of consumerism, getting back to the basics seems to be more and more alluring. Minimalism is all about reducing the distractions in our lives so that more time and energy can be given to what truly gives us joy.
There is a minimalist movement going on where people are downsizing their homes, recycling and reusing, and giving up time on social media with the goal of reducing distractions and focusing on the things that are more valuable.
Feng shui is an ancient practice developed over 3,000 years ago in China. “Feng” means wind and “shui” means water. It is a practice that focuses on balancing the energies of any given space (home, office, garden, etc.) to promote health and good fortune for people living there. Feng shui practitioners believe that everything (and everyone) has a certain energy, or “chi,” and how we arrange our living and working spaces can affect all aspects of our lives.
Several years ago I read a book called Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Not only did this provide a great introduction to Feng Shui it also remained on my coffee table because of its beautiful cover and simple/sleek look. I recommend this book to anyone looking to simplify and create positive energy in their lives.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Kingston’s book:
“Every aspect of your life is anchored energetically in your living space, so clearing your clutter can completely transform your entire existence…by changing your home you also change the possibilities in your own life. Removing the obstacles to the harmonious flow of energy in your living environment creates more harmony in your life and the space for wonderful new opportunities to come to you.”
Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
Here is a list of practical Feng Shui exercises to get you started:
- Place a water fountain near your front door facing your home. The flowing energy (chi) of the water symbolizes financial abundance.
- Clear the entryway to your home so that chi (energy) can flow right into your home and life without any obstacles.
- Fix broken objects in and around your home to get rid of unnecessary frustrations.
- Add several plants in the bedroom to spice up the energy of the room. If the plants have pink flowers the effect will be even stronger!
- Position your bed in the “Commanding Position” of your bedroom. This spot is the one farthest from the door but where you’re still able to see the doorway and anyone approaching while you’re lying in the bed. This allows you to be stronger and in control.
- Keep your drains closed when not in use (cover the sink drain, stop the tub, and keep the toilet lid closed) as blocked drains prevent money from draining out of your pockets.
- Hang a pleasant-sounding wind chime in the right-front area of your home, office, or bedroom. The sound will activate more people to help and engage with you.
- Position your desk facing the office or cube door (even if you don’t actually have a door in your workspace). If you can’t turn your desk to face the door, arrange a mirror on your desk or wall so you can see who’s coming. This adjustment helps you be open to more opportunities.
Clear Your Clutter