When you have a busy house filled with busy, overworked parents and kids of all different ages, relations are sure to become fractured sometimes. Especially when you add teenagers and their flying hormones into the mix! Maybe bad Feng Shui could take some of the blame?
At its most basic level, bad Feng Shui causes conflict whilst good Feng Shui brings harmony. Many people think of Feng Shui as being something better suited to the homes of minimalist childless couples, or elderly yoga enthusiasts. But in reality, it is a practice ideal for bringing calm and harmony to family homes too. Here’s how:
1.Add Wooden Elements to Increase Family Harmony
Wood is one of the most important Feng Shui elements if you want to add the energy of growth, expansion, and vitality to your home. These are all great elements to introduce to the expanding minds of growing children, and will help turn a combative family environment into a collaborative one.
Obviously, there are plenty of different wooden pieces you can add to your family room: new furniture, lamps, and decorative items can all be purchased easily. However, the easiest and cheapest way to add wood elements to your living space is to choose some happy family photos, put them in wooden frames, and distribute them liberally around the room.
- Introduce Water to Your Home
Feng Shui believes that the movement of water closely represents the movement of energy in your life and in your home. Moving water also has a calming effect, and will cool firey personalities. As an added bonus, flowing water is also thought to improve the flow of healthy finances into your life too! An indoor fountain is a fun design feature that is sure to attract the attention of your guests (many look like incredible pieces of modern art) and is one of the easiest and most stylish ways to bring water into your interior. A fish tank would also make a fun alternative if you’re looking for a smaller and less impactful statement.
- Declutter As Much as Possible
Finally, where there are kids, there is clutter! However clutter and mess is the root cause of many elements of bad Feng Shui. If possible, do what you can to declutter your home (particularly the main living areas when you are your family spend most of your time) to create a better balance and harmony in these spaces.
One of the best Feng Shui decluttering system we’ve seen involves grabbing three bags or baskets (labelled ‘in’, ‘out’ and ‘thrift’) and simply throwing every piece of clutter you come across into one of the three baskets. Limit your decluttering sessions to just 30 minutes at a time, so that the process doesn’t leave the process stealing your energy.
Bringing some simple elements of Feng Shui into your home is much easier than you might think, and you’re sure to be amazed by the changes it will lead to in the overall energy of your home and the mood of your family in a relatively short amount of time.