Living Space: Feng shui can work wonders for you
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When we think of relationships, it's usually the ones we have with people. But every day we also interact with our homes. Based on that, you could say we have a "relationship" with our living space.
Like relationships with people, our interactions with our homes can mirror the relationships we have with loved ones, friends and co-workers.
These relationships can be productive or unhealthy, energizing or depressing.
The question is: Can you make your relationship with your home a contented, more satisfying one, in which you love your home and it loves you back?
It takes work
Good relationships don't just happen; they require maintenance. If you don't invest in a friendship, it withers. At home, investing in maintenance, beautification and organization makes each room a joy to enter. Neglecting your house sparks frustration, embarrassment and a feeling that something is missing.
Feng shui is an ancient philosophy incorporating the concept that our homes are really extensions of ourselves, and that they influence our lives, including our success, health and relationships. Feng shui embraces the concept that our houses hold energy, and when that energy is negative (due to poor maintenance, dirt, clutter), we experience negativity in our lives. It's really not such a stretch. How many TV shows on hoarding focus on a bright, successful person? When someone's environment is "out of control," their lives often follow suit.
Your house needs you
As with other relationships, your house needs you. It needs routine TLC, regular updates and maintenance. When we neglect our home's needs, we suffer. If you spot signs of water damage on the ceiling, for example, your energy lags. Defects draw the eye, and when we notice a problem, it immediately goes on a mental to-do list and/or we promptly start beating ourselves up about it - lowering our energy.
The trick is to think of your house as a "living" space that needs attention. When you make changes by decorating, organizing and correcting flaws, a corresponding change occurs in your life. Don't you always feel better when the house is clean, organized, comfortable and well maintained?
In fact, once you've employed feng shui, you may fall in love with your house all over again. Many sellers have a change of heart after putting their homes on the market. With all the flaws removed, they can see what they first loved about their houses.
Simply put, we're products of our environment. When we improve our homes, we boost our quality of life. Look for more on feng shui in future Living Space columns.
For more information, check out these resources: "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui," by Karen Kingston; "Feng Shui Your Life," by Jayme Barrett
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.