Whether you’re selling or buying a new home the one thing you really want is everything to run smoothly. Come to that, doesn’t everyone want everything in life to run smoothly? Except that life has the habit of providing bumps of all shapes and sizes along the way. In Chinese philosophy this is nothing more (or less) than the concept of yin and yang – light and dark. In other words, you cannot have one without the other. You need both – there’s no light without shade, after all, and no shade without light. Or put another way, there is no joy in finding an easy car-parking space if you don’t already know the misery of not being able to find one. And vice versa.
The truth is that life is full of ups and downs. The practice of feng shui is about trying to create an environment that makes the extremes less, well, extreme. Smoothing out the bumps, if you like. It is part of an important threesome that take us through life:
- Having an honest understanding yourself (knowing your limits and your potential)
- Making the most of good opportunities that come your way (making an effort)
- Ensuring you’re in the best position to take advantage of the good luck you encounter (the good feng shui of living and working in a well-organised space).
So what is a well-organised space? It doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to look spick and span but importantly it is the space where you don’t feel swamped by things. You don’t trip over things; you have easy access to the everyday things you need. It is a space that nourishes you because it’s not calling out to you to tidy away all that clutter, wash its windows and finish putting up those shelves.
Few of us live in the perfect homes displayed in magazines. We all have stuff. Some of us having stuff all over the place – behind doors, in every corner of the room, hidden under beds, crammed into drawers. So much of it is stuff we’re never honestly going to use again. But when we lessen the amount of it, selling or recycling what we no longer need, we make space for more things to come in. And that can mean all kinds of things, like bringing in the energy of good opportunities. In the case of a selling a home, a well-organised space can bring in the right buyer. It can also mean attracting a good agent to help you through the process (and we all know just where to find one on this page!). If you’re buying then it can simply mean you’re supported well towards the right property and the transaction has a sense of flow about it…
You might have noticed how you often feel lighter when you’ve just cleaned your home. That you seem to work better when your workspace is less cluttered. That more opportunities come into your life when you’re not feeling bogged down by a long to-do list. This is all part of the well-organised home. It’s the starting point for all good feng shui. I once had a client who lived in a flat that was so full of boxes, magazines, suitcases, you name it, that there were only narrow walkways through the place. “I know I need to tidy up,” she said to me. “But ignore that, just tell me how to get the feng shui right so I can bring in good fortune.” This was an extreme example and of course I could do nothing until she was willing to tackle all that ‘stuff’ first. Feng shui isn’t magic. It starts with you connecting with your space and understanding that it is a reflection of who you are and what you want out of life. Bringing order to your home can bring order to your life, as simple as that. Surely everyone wants that?