In a totally transparent bid to capitalize on a cultural celebration (actually, we just really enjoy Chinese New Year—I saw the most amazing dragon in a parade last weekend!—and wanted to write something apartment-related, but we know how this looks and so we’ll just admit upfront to some level of cultural appropriation and beg forgiveness), we’d like to start the year of the dragon with a post on feng shui. For those of you who’ve heard the term and like the idea of a peacefully-arranged apartment, but have no real grasp of the tenets of feng shui, here’s a rundown of some of the basics. Feng shui is an ancient and very detailed tradition, so what you read here are just some useful tips derived from it.
Eliminate clutter. Everywhere. Clutter blocks energy, so if there are disorganized parts of your house, however hidden away, they will affect the energy of your life. This principle also applies to broken things. If you have appliances or other belongings sitting around broken, either fix them immediately or throw or give them away. You will notice these items, if only unconsciously, and they’ll detract from your energy.
In your bedroom, make sure you can see the door from bed, but not directly in front of you. Headboards are a good idea, especially if your bed has to be under a window. Don’t have big mirrors in your room, or if you do, cover them at night; mirrors are used to cultivate energy, and can keep you from sleeping properly.
In your home office, make sure your chair faces the door; it should never be behind you. Don’t keep any plants like cacti—those are best placed outside, as protection, rather than inside, where they pose danger to you. Again, less clutter means less blocked energy, and more energy to do the things you’re supposed to get done.
When choosing a new apartment, find a place that is regularly shaped, i.e. not shaped in an L or another irregular, non-rectangular way, as these designs can leave the feeling of something cut off or missing. The back of your apartment building should have some sort of protection, perhaps a hill, and the building shouldn’t be noticeably shorter than the ones around it, as that can produce negative energy. The parking area should not be part of the building, but preferably to the side of it. Back doors are important to avoid feeling trapped.