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Keep it simple: Use your feng shui common sense

Keep it simple: Use your feng shui common sense
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It is tempting to go big and do ‘extra’ when you are trying to change the energy of your home, but challenge yourself to look at your home in a simpler, more mundane way. Ask yourself: what are some things that I could be doing that could make a difference in how my home feels and how the energy flows?

We recently got a question from a podcast listener “My abundance area has a lot of trash, and it's the wood area - should I put more metal?” First off, unless you are confident, and understand the bagua and five element systems well, we would suggest you work with a professional feng shui consultant. That aside, I think you can guess what the best approach would be for this listener. Investigate the mundane first and use common sense. Get rid of the trash! Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be, keep it simple.

Before you jump into feng shuing your home, give some thought to what changes you can make to around the home that are on a more mundane, non-magickal level.

Make a list of the simple things you can do in your home

Grab a pen and paper. Starting on your front steps, you will begin to take note of any maintenance and repairs that need to be done. It could be peeling paint, a broken step, or a burned out light. Take note of each of the things that stands out to you. Try to be objective, not judgmental; we all have areas in our homes that are not optimal. You may have a rather long list and it may not be feasible to fix and repair everything. Do what you can to the best of your ability.

Why is repairing and fixing things so important?

Broken and misused items and things in disrepair can be signifiers of bigger problems. In feng shui we look for patterns and common themes to uncover what changes are needed in our lives. Here is a list of common repair issues to look for:

  • Squeaky door hinges
  • Malfunctioning burner on the stove
  • Doors that don't open easily (or at all)
  • Leaky faucets
  • Burned out lights
  • Electrical issues
  • Windows that don't open
  • Broken doorbell
  • Broken steps
  • Difficult path to walk to get to the bed
  • Dirty windows
  • Broken clocks and electronics
  • Toilet tanks that are constantly filling
  • Blocked toilets
  • Overflowing trash bins
  • A difficult path to get to the front door

The issues above, depending on where in the home, can indicate that something is lacking or missing from your life. Caring for yourself, your surroundings, and the energy you cultivate, is the foundation of good feng shui. Start simple with repairs, removing items, decluttering, and other common sense corrections around your home before you move on to using more advanced feng shui adjustments and systems.