FENG SHUI YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH give your home a makeover

BET­TER HEALTH (AND WEALTH!) COULD BE A FEW FUR­NI­TURE MOVES AWAY. HERE’S HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME A FENG SHUI MAKEOVER.

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ands up if you’re a hoarder? If so, it might be good to have an early spring clean. Ac­cord­ing to the an­cient prin­ci­ples of feng shui, hang­ing on to things you don’t need is bad for your home’s flow of en­ergy. That en­ergy, or qi (pro­nounced ‘chee’), is im­por­tant for health and well­be­ing.

“Feng shui is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a build­ing and the peo­ple liv­ing in it,” says Liz Wig­gins, a feng shui ex­pert and founder of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Feng Shui Con­sul­tants.

“It’s all about en­sur­ing that the way a house is set up sup­ports its oc­cu­pants and, from a feng shui per­spec­tive, mak­ing sure that the en­ergy is har­monised and can at­tract op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove your wealth, health and re­la­tion­ships.”

To some ex­tent, the feng shui strate­gies that work in one house may not have the same ef­fect in an­other, as each home has spe­cific de­tails. “Two homes can have iden­ti­cal floor plans and com­pass di­rec­tions, but if they were built in dif­fer­ent years, their ‘charts’, which are used to iden­tify sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas, will be dif­fer­ent.”

Wig­gins says this is why red can have op­po­site ef­fects in dif­fer­ent homes. “Red is the only colour that’s strong enough to af­fect a build­ing’s en­ergy, so if you use it and things go well, leave it. But if more bad op­por­tu­ni­ties than good are en­ter­ing your life, get rid of it.”

If you don’t know your home’s feng shui chart, there are some sim­ple strate­gies you can use to max­imise the en­ergy flow in five key ar­eas. Here are the three top tips Wig­gins sug­gests for each area in your home.

THE KITCHEN AND LIV­ING ROOM

1 When you’re cook­ing, ro­tate be­tween hot­plates or el­e­ments so you’re not us­ing the same one ev­ery day. This may help you and your fam­ily gen­er­ate in­come.

2 If your kitchen tap leaks, fix it – leaky taps sug­gest a grad­ual loss of in­come.

3 In your liv­ing room, place your largest sofa against a solid wall if you can, ide­ally so that it’s fac­ing the en­trance of the room. >

1 The en­ergy com­ing in through your front door is the sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor that will de­ter­mine how pros­per­ous you and your fam­ily are. Ide­ally, make sure there’s noth­ing in di­rect align­ment with your front door, such as a tree or power pole. But if there is, place a bagua mir­ror (a feng shui round mir­ror in an oc­tag­o­nal frame) above the door out­side, so it re­flects any neg­a­tive en­ergy or sha qi.

2 Place a beau­ti­ful pic­ture on the wall op­po­site your front door to en­cour­age en­ergy into your home. Re­sist plac­ing a mir­ror on that wall.

3 If you can see into an­other room as soon as you walk into the front door, such as a bath­room, laun­dry or bed­room, keep the doors to those rooms shut as much as pos­si­ble or place a screen be­tween your front door and those rooms.

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