As they say, it’s out with the old, and in with the new! New Year is the perfect time to make fresh starts and lift the vibe, so get the ball rolling with some DIY feng shui. Have a happy 2015!
1 Attract more luck
An inviting entrance will draw good fortune into your home, so lavish it with love to create a bright, uplifting space.
Give your doormat a wash or if you’ve had a really rotten year, buy a new one.
Good lighting can really enhance a home’s feng shui, especially if your entrance is hard to find; for an extra sparkle, add solar lights to the garden or trees – and not just for the festive season but year round.
TIP: Fruiting trees, like cumquats and mandarins, can attract more luck and fertility into your home.
MOON GUIDE: Flowers and leafy veggies planted under fertile moon signs tend to thrive. Best days in January: 1, 23, 24
2 Clear the clutter
Clutter can act as a type of barrier, trapping you in the past and making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life. If you don’t love, need or use an item, pass it on!
3 Clean your kitchen
In feng shui a clean, attractive kitchen is a sign of health and prosperity. To encourage a steady income, use all of your hotplates, and if your back faces the door when cooking, add a mirror or reflective splashback.
4 Move your mirrors
Strategically placed mirrors can draw light or pleasant views into a room, but reflecting dark or ugly areas will emphasize problems. Mirrors in bedrooms can ‘double’ arguments, so cover them up at night if you want to calm the vibe. Avoid reflecting your front door, or you’ll scare people away.
5 Cleanse your space
Energy in homes can become stagnant, so fling open your windows then burn some sage to banish bad vibes. To boost your energy levels, burn citrusy oils like lemongrass or bergamot.
6 Reassess your art
Think carefully about what you’ve inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness or violence will conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or loved ones will promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. Sunrises, flowers and rural scenes are especially fortuitous.
7 Rev up romance
Support your bedroom’s relationship sector, located in the south west, with crystals, candles, pink items, romantic images or silk flowers. Display items like rabbits, birds or elephants in pairs.
8 Fix leaking taps
According to feng shui, water and wealth go hand in hand. Start by fixing leaky taps, as they represent money going down the drain, then tackle any mold or stagnant water around your home.