Every feng shui consultation is different. I might recommend any number of things, depending on the space and the unique person or people who live in the space. But there are some things I recommend almost every single time.
With the exception of clearing clutter and cleaning (about which I have already talked your ear off on numerous occasions) here are five of them.
1. Hang a mirror over your stove. The stove is symbolic of wealth, as it’s traditionally the place where you prepare your sustenance and warm your home. A mirror over it symbolically creates more space in this wealth area, while also allowing you to see behind yourself while you’re cooking, which in turn helps you feel safer and more connected to the rest of your kitchen. Try it – you’ll like it!
2. Hang a mirror over your fireplace. Similarly, since the fireplace is usually the main focal of any given room, hanging a mirror over it gives you the added benefit – as you gaze at it – of being connected visually to the rest of the room. It adds light and energy, and also counterbalances the fiery element of the fire place by bringing in the water element of a mirror. It also helps contain energy within the room when the fireplace is not lit, as it can be a portal where some energy (in the form of attention) is drawn away from the room.
3. Make sure the path to your front door is unobstructed. When you’re walking to your front door, if you have to step over or around things, or if you’re in danger of tripping or running into something, this is indicative of an energy block. This is because all forms of energy and blessings symbolically arrive in your home and life through the front door, and human movement and feelings when moving help us to understand the way that energy is moving. (Humans are energy after all.) Not to mention, when we arrive easily and effortlessly, we feel better and have the underlying sense that life is easy and breezy. Over time, like water dripping on a stone, this can have a profound effect on every aspect of our life. So trim any plants that you have to step around, and move lawn art and benches (etc.) as necessary.
4. Make sure your front door has its full range of motion. Along the same lines, if your front door runs into something before it can open all the way, that’s an indication of not being quite as open to blessings and ease as you possibly could be. Trust me, it will feel much better if you move whatever it is that’s blocking the way. (Or just try it out for yourself.)
5. Keep your TV (or TVs) covered or hidden when not in use. As accustomed as we may be to seeing them, nothing chills an atmosphere or kills a vibe like a blank TV screen. Since are a species that craves light and movement, sitting in a room with a blank TV is an exercise in ignoring the impulse to turn it on. Or, it can also feel like sitting in a room with a sleeping baby: the room is taken over by the presence of that which is currently out of commission. It’s really depressing, actually. So, if possible, keep your TV in a piece of furniture that opens and closes. If that is not possible, I personally like to hang a pretty scarf or cloth over the top of the screen. Many people I consult with initially feel that this would be “weird,” but it is becoming more and more of a trend. Plus, you’ll find that it’s so much better than the alternative. So cover that TV: discourage excess TV watching and reclaim your space (and life)!