“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
Recently I learned about a feng shui tip to help promote personal growth: move 27 things in your home that have not been moved in the last year. If this sounds daunting, I tried it and completed it in under an hour- it’s super easy and surprisingly effective.
I was surprised by what a difference it has made in re-framing my perspective about this next chapter of my life.
If you think about it, our environments are so often stagnant. The pile of mail goes there, the fruit bowl goes over there, that decorative box goes there, and so on. We are creatures of habit, and it’s reflected in our homes.
Maybe, when you move your belongings around a little, you’ll realize you like them better in their new spot. Also, switching up our environment creates new stimuli and it’s like hitting a reset button when we want to make changes in our lives.
Plus, seeing your household items in a new light will remind you of the personal changes you are making in your life, and will help you maintain a fresh perspective in your own home.
Some other ways to use your homes to inspire positive change:
Declutter coffee tables, kitchen tables, desks, and mantles.
Clutter creates an obstacle to do meaningful or fulfilling work. Make your work space inviting and make sure there’s, you know, space.
Feng shui wisdom also promotes having empty spaces to invite in abundance. If there is no empty space in our homes, it sends a message that there is no room for anything new in our lives. So make room so all that good shit and abundance you’re after feels like a welcome guest.
Think of it like inviting someone to stay at your place. Is your guest going to feel welcome and more inclined to stay if they have to sleep on a couch with jackets, bags, and magazines all over it, or in a nice clean guest room?
Make space for the things you want in your life, literally and figuratively.
I love post it notes (especially heart shaped post it notes) for writing and seeing affirmations and encouragement as I walk around. I have “I am grateful for all the money I’ve been given in my life,” “I love you,” “You are the cats meow” and some Abraham Hicks life commandments, to name a few. I also love displaying art work, cards and love notes from friends, as well of photos of the people (and animals) I love.
For years I displayed stuff I could get my hands on for a nothing or close to it, and sometimes there are some gems to be found that way.
Sometimes, though, when we choose what’s cheap or easy or good enough, it doesn’t really inspire us. Your art should inspire you or make you happy. Or, at least, it has the power to really invigorate your space if you make it a priority.
I’ve slowly started collecting prints and pieces I adore, and seeing them in my home makes me feel uplifted and inspired, and reminds me how much cool shit there is in the world, and what my priorities are! Art! What a concept! Plus, with society6 and Etsy, it’s fun and easy to find something that speaks to you. I like to choose art that means something to me- for instance, whales represent creativity which is something I value, so I have this psychedelic whale print hanging in my living room. I have a piece by a local artist showcasing a nearby landmark to remind me how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place and that I made that happen, to name a few.
Besides the internet, check out local artist markets or even galleries (many sell a to a range of budgets, though it may take a few tries to find your favorite spots.) This is also just a fun way to spend a day and meet people.
Get into the habit of cleaning a little bit every day or every other day, so you are less likely to become overwhelmed with big jobs that take up your whole day. When you keep your house tidy and stay on top of dishes and laundry, those deep cleaning days don’t need to be a full day event unless you live in a mansion, in which case, treat yourself to the occasional housekeeper.
Even if you don’t live in a mansion, think about treating yourself to a professional deep clean every once in a while if you can budget for it.
I like to listen to podcasts when I clean or crank the tunes and get jacked up on caffeine.
Make an Altar
Altars are used in many religions, and among the non-religious as well, so it’s really easy to put your own personal spin on this, whether you are religious or not.
An altar, to put it simply, is a sacred space where you not only give thanks, but set intentions as well. My altar has crystals, coins, tea fortunes, a dollar bill, little animal trinkets I’ve found or been gifted, a hot pink feather, coins, angel wings, and often fresh flowers. I surround it by candles and keep it clean, as well as add and remove to it often to keep it fresh. Find symbols and colors and trinkets that have meaning to you, or assign meaning to them. Make it beautiful.
Burn Sage or Palo Santo
These plants have been used for thousands of years to clear negative energy, renew a space, and can uplift us with their natural scents. They are really easy to find in natural grocery stores, metaphysical shops, and all over the internet.
Plus, they just smell really good and get rid of stagnant air, which is especially nice if you live in place where you don’t want to open the windows much in winter. I personally also really like them for living with pets, especially ones who use litter boxes, as they do have odor eliminating properties as well.
Tell me what you think!
What are some ways you use your home to inspire personal growth?
If you use the suggestions in this post, tell me about your experience!
Have fun making your house a little more magical.