Still, without some feng shui know-how, small can actually equal cramped or just plain no fun…But never fear! These three easy feng shui steps have got you covered.
You knew I had to say it…because it’s true! And, as someone with extremely limited space for stuff, it’s even truer for you than it is for most people. But don’t think of it as a punishment: think of it as an opportunity! Your unique situation makes it absolutely imperative that you live with nothing but the bare essentials, and just a few beloved ornaments or other extras. This really and truly is a spiritual practice that will simplify your life and create a beautiful openness to true abundance and success.
And hey, I know it’s tempting to store stuff behind doors and under the bed, but really try to let these areas be open and clear. It will make all the difference in energy flow: the space will feel light rather than tight, and you’ll feel blessed rather than stressed. (But if you absolutely must store something under the bed, linens would be the best choice.)
It’s ideal if your space can feel like a bedroom at night and a not-bedroom during the day. This will enhance both your sleep and your waking activities. (i.e. you won’t feel like working at night or sleeping during the day.) Futons are great for this purpose, and so are things like folding tables and desks. (Check out this video for inspiration.)
Activate the Bagua Areas
As you may know, the Bagua is the feng shui floor plan, which reveals the nine sections of your space and how the correspond to major areas of your life. Because you have a small space or a room, your bagua will be very simple! You can see each of the nine areas just by looking around the room. Most feng shui books and blogs coach you to find the bagua of an entire house, but the same principles apply to a single room. When figuring out your bagua, simply consider the main door to the room as you would the front door to the space. If you don’t already know the bagua areas of your room, you can discover them here.
Next, visit my DIY Feng Shui series and explore parts 9-17, to become familiar with each bagua area and what it represents. Then choose just one simple way to accentuate and activate each area in your space. The accents you choose for each area don’t have to be big or visible: in fact, they probably shouldn’t be. In your case especially, think quality not quantity. For example, for your Serenity (or Knowlege/Self-Cultivation) area, you could choose a small Buddha statue, a framed postcard of a mountain painting, a tiny vase of living bamboo, or just an empowered crystal. The important thing is that each object feels powerful for you and reminds you of the qualities you’d like to experience in each life area. The center of the room doesn’t actually need any object to empower it, as it is just represents the area where all the other areas merge and mix.
…Have fun feng shui-ing, and let me know how it goes in the comments!