Using Feng Shui when finding your new home and during your move can help ensure a smooth moving experience and a relaxing and harmonious environment in your new home. What is Feng Shui? It is the ancient Chinese art of placement. To further explain, that means setting up each room in your home to optimise the flow of your life force, called “chi”. Feng Shui has been practiced for thousands of years and is a staple in modern design techniques. In fact, many Fortune 500 companies employ Feng Shui design tactics to ensure efficiency and productivity in their office and retail spaces. Modern Feng Shui is a blend of modern design and classic Feng Shui principles. Moving gives you the perfect opportunity to start out right with the basic Feng Shui principles of design in your new home. Feng Shui practices can also be applied to your moving experience.
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What to Look for in a New Home
Some design elements of a home go against Feng Shui principles, but there is nothing you can do about changing them without making some major structural changes. Therefore, when you are house-shopping you will know what to look for. Some of the design elements you should look out for in a new house include the following:
- The main entry way for your home is very important and the Feng Shui design requirements are very hard to overcome if the architecture is not in alignment with Feng Shui principles. There should not be a stairway or a wall directly in front of the doorway entrance to the home.
- If the home has two stories, the 2nd floor bathroom should not be over the front door or main entrance way.
- The front door should not face the back door or a window to the back of the house.
- When you walk into the house, a bathroom or closet should not be the first thing you see.
- Feng Shui principles always indicate that you should have a strong wall behind you. It should be behind your bed, behind the chair you sit in, and even behind the house. Therefore, the new home you choose should not have a down-sloping hill behind it.
- In your kitchen, the stove and the sink should not be facing each other. Look for a kitchen set up where the sink and stove are on adjacent walls. This is because the two elements should not be opposing each other. Feng Shui principles explain that this can cause arguments within the family.
Hopefully, these rules for major design elements will help you rule out certain houses you look at and let you know that they would not be the right Feng Shui choice for you.
Cleaning and Removing Clutter before You Move
Once you have chosen your new home and it is time to start preparing to pack up and move out of your current home, there are some Feng Shui rules that you can apply to make sure that the whole moving process goes smoothly. Removing clutter is a big part of Feng Shui and it also will help tremendously with your move since it means less to pack, move, and unp. Clutter in your home blocks the flow of the chi and will undo much of the good design that you have. In addition to that, the chi will be stronger when you have a strong connection with the items you have in your home. It is unlikely that anyone connects with their clutter.
When it comes to cleaning your new home, be sure to clean it and add your favourite scents, sounds, and objects to your home right away. You should also buy brand new mops, brooms, and other cleaning supplies. The Feng Shui philosophy behind this is so that you don’t “sweep in your old troubles into your new home”. Therefore, it is important you throw out the old ones, do not keep them.
Time to Move In
When it is time to move in, buy a gift specifically for your new house. It can be something simple like some art work or a candle or it can be a large piece of furniture. Just be sure to dedicate the gift to your new home. When you close on your house or sign your new lease, be ready to move in with your new papers and a box of your things to spend the first night in your new home. Prepare your first meal and boil water for coffee or tea to celebrate a toast with your own mugs. The tea or coffee and your first meal symbolize the beginning of your new life in your new home. Here are some important Feng Shui tips for moving day:
- Don’t have a pregnant woman at your home when moving in. According to Feng Shui, if you are pregnant, you should not be moving.
- Don’t argue or speak harshly or negatively when moving in.
- Don’t move in all at once. Bring your boxes in one at a time. The rest of your boxes can stay in the garage during this process. With each box, make sure to do a final check and discard anything that will add clutter, is broken, old and worn, or that makes you unhappy.
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