Spring Cleaning: Why Feng Shui Is the #BestMedicine for Organizing Your Life

We all live busy, seemingly chaotic lives, and it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of activity — meanwhile, keeping things clean and organized around your home falls low on the priority list. A disorganized work desk, a cluttered living room, or a messy bedroom may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but if you let those situations pile up, all that disorganization can have a negative impact on your health and well-being.

So what can you do to fight the mess? Ever heard of feng shui? It’s a 5,000-year-old Chinese system of governing spatial arrangement based on universal principles and the laws of nature. Believe it or not, you can apply it to the placement and arrangement of items around you to create harmony and balance.

If you’re feeling more stressed, anxious, or tired lately, a disorganized home or a cluttered workplace could very well be to blame. Creating an orderly living space and opening up certain areas of the home or office to let in more light can encourage better harmony and balance. You don’t necessarily have to be a true believer in feng shui, but applying some of its principles to your home could be the #bestmedicine for organizing your life.

Start at the Front Door

Get started with your spring cleaning routine by paying attention to the entryway. According to feng shui principles, the entryway is where chi — or energy — flows into the rest of the space. If this area is filled with trash bags, empty boxes, storage totes, or any kind of clutter, you may be creating an energy blockage. Take some time to declutter the area around your front door or other entryways to open up as much space as possible.

Tackling Your Main Living Areas

Next, take a look at the placement of furniture in your main living areas. Any items in the middle of the room are creating energy blocks, which can trigger feelings of listlessness, fatigue, and even depression. I never realized how important this was until I rearranged my living room according to basic feng shui principles. Create the illusion of more space and allow energy to move freely around the room by moving furniture, including coffee tables and ottomans, to the sides of the room or completely against the wall. And why not add an accent rug to brighten things up for spring?

Piles of books, paperwork, or clutter on a coffee table can be distracting and take away from an otherwise peaceful or serene setting. Consider stowing those items in small tote boxes or hiding them in covered shelving units. I’ve done this in my living room and noticed that it’s made a big difference in how I feel when I’m trying to relax after a busy day.

Finally, your bedroom needs to be set up for only one purpose: sleep. The simple act of making your bed each morning sets the tone of organization for the day. Look forward to a restful night’s sleep every night by clearing away clutter on armoires, dressers, and bedside tables.

If you need to restore some balance to your life, feng shui could be the #bestmedicine for getting things organized. Do you have any extra tips for creating a sense of harmony in your main living areas? Share them with us on Twitter!

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