Feng Shui Fundamentals are powerful tools to use when selling a home. Feng Shui is also powerful to make your current home a place of peace, power and prosperity.
In the last week I have consulted on five homes, making recommendations to get these homes ready for sale. Although the recommendations were focused on “selling” the home, the principles apply to making the home energetically correct for us to live in as well. After all, when “staging” a home, what we really are doing is helping buyers “see” how they might live in the space.
Here are nine rather simple – in some cases quick – tips for “staging” a home or making it a more balanced and powerful environment for you in which to live:
1. Create “Curb Appeal” by adding beautiful flowers, lighting, seating areas, water features, plants or objects that move with the gentle breeze and make sure it is clean and weed-free.
2. Have a greeter at the door by either having a lovely front door mat or statues on both sides of the door.
3. Remove all dead or straggly plants
both inside and out since they drain energy or create a “lack of caring” energy that can permeate the home.
4. Clean the windows and mirrors to have clarity in life, which can also help potential buyers make up their mind to buy or you to move forward with clarity on your dreams.
5. Make sure the doors and windows open easily, completely and quietly by oiling the hinges and clearing objects stored behind the doors.
6. Get rid of “extra” furniture (anything you don’t absolutely need and love) to allow free movement into and around the rooms, which allows the chi to move easily and makes the space feel bigger.
7. Bring fresh flowers, houseplants and blooming plants like orchids into the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms to bring more life into these rooms.
8. Remove all sharp, old, outdated, faded, smelly and dark items – accessories, outdoor furniture, flower arrangements, musty books, etc. – and remove all tags or “protective” coverings to show it really is used and part of the everyday life of the home (not just a temporary “show” item.
9. If it’s not useable, beautiful or functional, get rid of it or make it work, like a water feature without water, an outdoor chair without the soft cushion it needs, the plant stand without a plant, the desk without a chair, the poster taped to the wall or the exercise equipment with books piled on it.
Each one of these tasks will start the flow of energy in the direction you desire. If you want to sell your home, these are basic “must do” projects that will take time. Yes, it might be difficult to picture where you can put things or figuring out how you can live with the changes if you are staying in the home.
That is exactly the point. If you have trouble picturing how you will live there, the potential buyer will have trouble envisioning how THEY can live there with your stuff. Give them the suggestion without the particulars.
If you are staying in your home and want to change your life, these subtle undertakings will shift both the energy of your home while shifting the perception in your mind to encourage movement in your life.
You may be saying, Linda, this is just common sense. You’re right. Most of Feng Shui is common sense. Unfortunately we get so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives we don’t observe our homes with the eyes of common sense or ignore the issues thinking they really can’t be affecting us enough to deal with it along with all the other things in life.
Let me leave you with this thought by Winston Churchill –“First we shape our dwellings, then our dwellings shape our lives.”
What shape is your dwelling? What shape is your life? Do you see a correlation? Maybe some Feng Shui Fundamentals would help!