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Monday, January 16, 2012

Do You Feng Shui?

I've been investigating Feng Shui. Some parts of it seem, well, a little loony, but other parts are very interesting. I find some things about the concept just common sense, at least to me. For instance, order and having an overall design concept is important in FS.The picture below would be very UN-Feng Shuish.

My bedside table looks even worse than this, but I couldn't ruin my rep by actually showing it to you in its unvarnished state. So I tidied it up a bit before the BEFORE picture. This state of affairs would, according to FS, make my ability to peacefully sleep diminish.

So I cleaned out my top drawer and stored the most recent magazines right beside me and now...

I only keep 4 or 5 magazines close at hand in the drawer which is now tidy and straight. I know exactly which magazines I am looking at and the others are stored neatly.

Now, look closely at the traffic wreck above, and I must say that the "hubster" is mostly responsible for the mess on the dresser. Unclosed drawers, change, old permission slips, junk, junk, junk...all strewn about the top. This situation would make our life just one big bundle of negative energy. And heaven knows, I don't need that. So after a little adjusting....

Now positive energy just flows around like a tornado. Very important for your bedroom...it should be a place of quiet and comfort. (FYI: FS says to sleep with the bedroom door closed and the door to your master bath closed also...the FS people seem to really dislike the bathroom and all it stands for. PS: Keep the toilet lid closed. Not sure why...but it seems reasonable plus you won't fall in if you get up in the middle of the night and the "man of the house" has "forgotten" to put the lid down.)
Moving on to the outside front of your house...orderly, inviting and tidy...hmmm, mine is just as bland as unsalted grits. I really have trouble at this time of the year..things are so bleak and dismal outside. The outside of my house lends itself to spring and summer...not winter...at all.

So out with some black spray paint and sprayed the two rockers.

Someone gave me an old stripped rocking chair (above) and I added it to the other lone one. Brought out an iron shelf and placed some pillows on the chairs. Not perfect, but certainly a little better!

Next, I will address the front door, but first, I need to do some reading on what a FS front entrance should possess. Yikes! Now, this is depressing!!

I even did a little FS-ing to #1 Grandson's room...Some of you may remember when I did this Pottery Barn Knock off typewriter...

I hung this on a wall where there was once a portrait of a solitary child...not good FS...solitary indicates lonely....this typewriter is a sign of productivity and order.

I added the black vintage Century fan and exposed the Mickey Mouse tin....red is good...fan surely will help positive energy flow. Books are now more orderly. Closet is cleaned out and all clothes and shoes hung and straightened. Can't wait to ask him in the morning if he slept well.

A few nice marbles in the window...not too much in the window...but the light filters through some of them nicely.

Now, lest you think I've totally lost all MY marbles, I found this experience rather calming. It was an interesting exercise. Have you ever tried to Feng Shui?

Here's hoping you have good Tai Chi,


CAS said...

I have read and tried Feng Shui. I agree with you, some of it makes sense, other is kind of strange....LOL! Now that I've read about it, it is kind of always in the back of my mind, which can be very frustrating when the Fengs are saying not to put something someplace & that's the only place you can put it.....argh! One such instance was the placement of my desk/workspace area in my studio. The Fengs tell you not to have your back to the door, but no way was that going to happen when I could be looking out the window....see, one dilemma after another!

Our hubby's must be of the same mind-set. Our dresser looks like yours did most of the time until I blitz through the room. It's good that they have so many other GREAT qualities, right?
Have a great day. CAS

Chris said...

Hi Angela, your blog was fun to read. I don't know about Feng Shui, but I try to keep my apartment in order without it looking clinical. It has to have some warmth and sense of comfort and I think you have to have a little disorder for that. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Chubby Chieque said...

As an Asian, feng shui is always a must. But now living in Europe, I almost forgot the way I use to do. The only thing that is a big NO is a mirror and a tv in my bedroom.

Happy w/end soon.