Feng shui: using minimalism to create a simple, beautiful space

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We are always searching for new ways to reinvent our image, change our space and our surroundings and come up with new ideas and ways to do things. In this modern life, we are constantly surrounded by advertising and media trying to sell us things that we truly don’t need. By using the old Chinese idea of feng shui, we can rejuvenate and change our own space without having to purchase new items to do this. This minimalist design method can provide a clear, fresh space and a change of scenery for those of us who are always on the move but might be stuck in a rut right now.

Feng Shui is a technique for rearranging your surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world and auras around you.

In Chinese, the words Feng Shui literally mean “wind and water.” This is a practical approach to changing your atmosphere that the Chinese have followed for many years, and it allows you to use what you already have in order to strive further towards what you want to acquire to bring good vibes and chakra into your life.

In association with a minimalist approach to living, the first step towards good feng shui practice is to get rid of all the clutter and useless things trailing around your house that are taking up unnecessary space. Clutter clearing is a time and energy consuming process that might feel like therapy, but it will help you “lighten up the load,” so to speak. Clearing all the clutter is an essential step to feng shui, because it starts the energy rebalance in your home and personal space, allowing you to clear your mind of clutter too.

Good feng shui energy is called “chi” and chi is essential to the balance of good energy throughout your home. Two elements that are very important to your chi balance are light and air. By having a lot of natural light or just light coloured blinds on your windows, you rely less on heavy lamps or overhead lights that hurt your eyes. As for air, having pure air generating plants like small bonsai trees or flowers will help this element. An air purifier is also an extremely beneficial thing to have in your main living space.

Chi can also be helped be readjusting the position of your furniture, such as your bed, your desk or your sofas in the living room. This alone will make you feel like a new person in a new space, even though all you did was redesign the layout of your current space.

Feng shui can be very beneficial in your life, not just for the decluttering purposes, but helping to decrease your stress levels and increase positive energy levels. You can start small by just cleaning out your wardrobe and donating all the old clothes you no longer wear, or cleaning out all of the unhealthy foods in your kitchen and donating those to a food shelter. Feng shui can benefit more people than you think and it’s all about going for the minimalist approach, removing anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose.

written by Bailey Hopp