Feng Shui expert shares how to reorganize your spaces
More than 1 billion people celebrate the Chinese New Year. And it is an ancient belief that the holiday, beginning Feb. 5 this year, is a more powerful time of the year to start fresh.
The Chinese New Year runs with the cycle of the moon and lines up with the new moon, rather than a date on the calendar.
In February, people are more in the groove of the new year and tend to have more energy, so it is the perfect time to start new projects and press the reset button.
“It’s the perfect time of year to take action and declutter to make way for incoming good luck,” says Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan, the author of the new book “The Happy Home: Your Guide To Creating A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life.”
Here are some of Lohan’s Feng Shui hacks for your home.
For the kitchen
• Keep your knives off the counter. Knives represent weapons. When they are in certain areas, they can create a feeling of anxiety and aggression and harness negative energy because of their potential for harm.
• Eliminate red from the kitchen. Red is fire and represents anger. A kitchen typically has enough fire from the stove. Good colors to have are earth tones, creams, browns and gray.
• Put out a bowl of nine oranges. Nine is a lucky number for abundance.
For the Bedroom
• Be mindful of what images you have on the walls. If you want love, remove single images and to attract love, put up pictures of a couple, people doing things together or family.
• Clear out under your bed. It’s the under belly area of your home, so having things of emotional importance under your bed could affect your sleep or even produce nightmares.
• Get new linens and quilts. Upgrading your sheets can create a fresh start and represent a sanctuary for better sleep.
For the office
• Desk position matters. Pay particular attention to where your desk is located in a room. The ideal position is to have a wall behind you and be able to see the door, so you can see what is entering and leaving your work space.
• What’s on your desk? Have as little as possible visible on your desk. Limit it to a notepad, computer and one picture, maybe of your family.
• What are you sitting on? It’s important to have a strong “I’m the boss” chair.
Patricia Lohan is an author, speaker and Feng Shui expert. She is renowned for helping thousands of people understand and embrace Feng Shui to create their dream lives by tapping into the innate power of their homes and turning their living spaces into supercharged magnets for manifestation. She lives in Bali with her husband, Ken. She’s been published in Forbes, She Knows, Essence, Mind Body Green and USA Today.