Spring Clean Your Home with Feng Shui
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Have you ever wondered why you get the itch to clean your house every year when the weather starts to warm up? Looking at what's happening in nature can give us clues as to what we might want to focus on during certain times of the year. In spring, for example, we see the fresh starts and new growth of budding plants. In your home, this is a great season to refresh and welcome some new energy as well.
At its core, feng shui is about connecting to the cycles of nature. Engaging with your home in ways that align with the current season is a great way to deepen this connection.
If you are feeling the urge to do some spring cleaning, here are a few feng shui tips for different rooms in your home.
Your bedroom represents you, and you also spend a lot of passive hours sleeping and resting there. Make your bedroom as supportive as possible this spring with these simple steps:
- Get a fresh new set of sheets. For extra support and healing, try green or yellow.
- Review under the bed. Ideally, it’s best to avoid using the space under the bed for storage. If you live in a small space and do need to store anything there, make sure it’s soft, like extra bed linens. Take some time to clear out anything that’s accumulated under your bed, and rearrange your storage if necessary.
- Clean under the bed. Sweep or vacuum to make sure that this space is clean and free of dust and debris.
Bathrooms are where we spend time caring for ourselves, so it’s a good idea to show them some love. Here are a few ideas:
- Repair any leaks. This may not sound like feng shui to you, but it’s important to take care of any mundane tasks that need to be done before moving on to more subtle, energetic adjustments. A feng shui crystal won’t do much good in a room full of things that are broken and don’t work properly.
- Place a plant on the toilet tank. This can help to counteract the downward, draining water energy of the toilet. If you don’t have any windows in your bathroom, try placing a photo or work of art that includes a plant above the toilet.
In feng shui, the main entrance to your home represents how energy and opportunities come to you. It’s also the first thing you see when you come home, so it’s a good idea to make sure your entryway is welcoming!
- Wash the front door. When it comes to cleaning our homes, doors aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. In order to make your entryway inviting, both to people and energy, it’s important to keep it clean. Be sure to clean the door itself as well as the knob, hinges, and frame.
- Sweep the front step/landing with intention. You may want to sweep outwards and imagine that you are sweeping away any stuck or stagnant energy, in order to make room for fresh, vibrant energy.
- Add a vase of flowers. Fresh flowers can do a lot to uplift the qi of your home! Make sure that you refresh the water often, and remove or replace the flowers once they’ve begun to wilt.
Your kitchen represents your resources as well as how you nourish yourself. Here are a few ways to spring clean your kitchen to make the most of this important room in your home:
- Clean out the fridge. If you’re like most people, you probably have some mysterious items lurking in the back of the refrigerator that have been there for way too long. Take this opportunity to compost anything that you won’t eat, and wipe down all of the surfaces with a non-toxic cleaner.
- Sweep out all the corners. Stagnant energy, as well as old food and debris, tend to collect in the corners of the kitchen. Make sure to get into all of the small areas between appliances as well.
- Clean the stove with intention. Your stove represents your wealth and resources, so it’s a good idea to clean it often.