Feng Shui Top Ten Tips and Tiny Homes
I do believe (know) that homes of any size have a much lighter feeling without clutter. Feng Shui agrees and is especially helpful in working to create a more spacious feeling within a Tiny Home. A feeling of openness, space, and flow are essential. Let’s explore how we can apply the top ten given tips of Feng Shui regardless of home size, and especially in a tiny home.
Feng Shui is an old Chinese study that believes human beings and the environment they are surrounded by (their home, workspace, etc.) are full of tangible but invisible energy. This energy is known as ‘Chi.’
Here are 10 tips you can use to start incorporating Feng Shui into your life right away. Certainly, these top ten tips are something to take into consideration if you are already in, moving into or thinking about a tiny home, on or off wheels.
The Most Important
1. Clear the clutter! This is the number one most important Feng Shui tip! When it comes to Feng Shui and keeping the positive energy flowing throughout your space, it’s important to keep things clutter free and clean. If you don’t, energy can get stuck and become stale, which in turn produces negative energy. Once you have decluttered your entire living space, Created your Oasis, Your life will flow in a way you have longed for. The side bonus is that it will be easier to then keep things picked up and put away every day.
The next nine are important too
2. Front Door. The front door plays an important part in the flow of energy (also known as Chi) as this is where it enters from. It needs to flow freely through the rest of the house. So it’s important to make sure that you keep this area clutter free and well lit. This is actually fairly easy to do in a tiny house, as you don’t want piles right where you are attempting to enter.
3. Color. Your mood is greatly affected by color. So, when it comes to Feng Shui you should choose colors (wall paint, décor, candles, fabric, etc) that will give off pleasant energy (chi) flow. Please note that certain colors work in some rooms but not others. This is because every color has a unique quality meant for something different. In a tiny home, I usually see white or lighter colors to give a feeling of a larger or spacious openness. Often times natural materials to bring the outside in, etc. are used as well. All within the Feng Shui meaning and direction you want. This area is also touched on in #8.
4. Feng Shui & Romance – Pink. Pink is considered a sentimental color. When going pink make sure this includes your bed sheets! Why? Because pink bed sheets create a rise in what is called subtle yang energy. When this energy is raised it enhances feelings of romance and love. I have not seen many tiny homes with Pink, however, color and your preference are ultimately up to you. Consider colors and the mood they invoke in Your Tiny Home.
5. Close the toilet lid. Not only is closing the toilet lid good manners (and one you should teach every family member to follow), it helps prevent losing valuable chi (energy). What exactly does that mean? Every time your toilet is flushed, not only is a large amount of water lost so is a large amount of chi. You can help retain that energy in both your home and life by simply keeping the toilet lid closed. For many tiny homes, a composting or minimal flushing toilet is used so the water loss isn’t as large a consideration. The possible odors, visual considerations, Yes, “Just Because”, close the toilet lid.
6. Furniture layout. One of the main points of Feng Shui is all about the arrangement of your furniture. The living room sofa should face the front door, your bed should be placed so your feet are facing away from the door, and all furniture should be arranged so that energy can freely flow throughout your home. In a tiny home depending on the placement of front door, lofts, etc. the furniture layout may vary here. I would certainly be mindful and have an ‘easy’ flow.
7. When sleeping, don’t have your feet facing the door. In Feng Shui, this is known as the ‘coffin’ position and doesn’t need much more explanation than that! When your bed is located in the room so that your feet face the door, it also means you are in the high trafficked area of the room. This will ultimately leave you feeling unrested because it doesn’t promote full relaxation. In my tiny home personally while one usually can only place a bed one of two directions, rarely do the feet actually point directly to the door, again, be mindful. Many tiny homes have their bedrooms in a loft, perhaps simply a feeling of sleeping in the clouds. (smile)
Five main elements
8. Feng Shui involves five main elements. The five elements are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Each is represented by a color. Paying close attention to the colors you use in your home – and avoiding mixing certain colors or elements – can help improve certain areas of your life, such as your career, your creativity, and your family relationships. Many Tiny House builds use several of the 5 elements in their creation.
9. Clear away any clutter and trim overgrown plants in all yard areas. Clutter and overgrown, weedy areas restrict the flow of energy and cause areas of your home to become stale, resulting in the build-up of negative energy.
10. Your stove. It’s important to keep your stove in good condition and clean at all times because in Feng Shui it promotes the energy of prosperity. I use an induction stove top, then when done, I’ll wipe it off, and place in its place in the cabinet. I keep as much off the countertops for flow as possible.
Many More, though for now
There are hundreds of Feng Shui tips but these 10 are some that are believed to be more important and can be incorporated into your life as soon as possible. Enjoy your Open Feng Shui styled home.
I simply believe Intentional, Mindful planning, layout, and clutter clearing will give you far more favorable space in your home, regardless of its size. Create YOUR Oasis (uncluttered)! Keep what you honestly need, what you really use and what you truly love. The Rest, Empty Clutter ~ Rehome it!