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10 Practical Ways to Do Feng Shui

Fill your space with luck, the logical way

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Photography: MIchael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

Sticklers for superstition never make a move without consulting a feng shui master, just to ensure that they’ve got all bases covered—whether it’s transferring to a new home, reconfiguring an office workspace, or even dressing up a baby’s nursery. Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese practice hinged on the flow of energy in one’s environment and life, may be a far-reaching concept for you, but many of its tenets do reflect a no nonsense approach to spatial planning.

Without dipping your toes into the mystical aspects of the practice, take note of these common Feng Shui practices and incorporate them into your own space:

1. Clear out the entrances.

Feng Shui has a thing against clutter, especially when it’s the first thing that greets you upon entering your home. Instead of filling up your foyer with discarded shoes, random umbrellas, and tchotchkes as far as the eye can see, remove anything that gets in your way. It will make entering your home a much more pleasant, stress-free experience.

2. Keep your windows and doors open—within reason.

Safety should be your primary concern, but as much as possible, open up those shutters, roll up those blinds and allow fresh air and natural light to circulate throughout your home. Nobody likes a stuffy space.

3. Discard diligently.

If you’re caught in the middle of a Marie Kondo pause, get on the job again and let go of all that junk immediately. Letting everything pile up doesn’t just equal bad juju, it also means you’ve got a lot of unnecessary clutter taking up precious space.

4. Add greens to your space.

Plants can easily lift the mood of any space. Turn your black thumb green and start with an easy potted plant, and then move on to more complex air plants, orchids, and even blooms.

5. Put the lid down.

It can take extra training to have the water closet lid down at all times, but it does keep your toilet looking extra clean and spiffy, not to mention better smelling. Feng Shui warns against draining good energy away and the toilet is quite literally, a drain in and of itself.

6. Call for repair right away.

The longer you keep things dismantled and inoperable, the longer your entire home gets dragged down. Who wants to live in a house where nothing works, after all?

7. Lock up the TV when not in use.

Place it inside a TV cabinet or draw some shades over it. Keeping the boob tube out of sight, especially when nighttime rolls in, means you get a better night’s rest.

8. Flank your bed with two side tables.

Feng Shui supports symmetry and having just one side of the bed lit up and decorated can provide an awkward imbalance visually and energetically. Practically speaking, you would want both sides of your bed to benefit from extra table space and light.

9. Turn your back away from the door.

Your work desk should always give you a view towards the door, or at least have your side facing it (as opposed to your back). You’re in a much better position when you can see who goes in and out of your room.

10. Give your windows a good scrubbing.

You want your view of the outside to be clear and fresh—sure, you may not have the best skyline vista, but nobody wants to gaze out of dust-ridden glass.

PHOTOS: Dairy Darilag (1 and 2) | Michael Angelo Chua (3 and 4) | Kerwin Yu

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