Minimalism and Feng Shui. Can They Mix?

minimalist feng shuiAfter being untethered for the better part of a year, it felt good to find a sunny apartment in a nice neighbourhood and settle down again

There’s something to be said for having your own space.

Our new digs are conveniently situated near the three things we value most: gym, movies and good coffee.

We’re all about priorities in our house.

The apartment itself is light and airy. It’s small, in a lovely block, and even has a balcony. And let’s not forget about the view.

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Hello summer sundowners.

With all this going for it, you’d think I’d be thrilled to work at home in my pyjama jeans. Not so much. I felt ratty, antsy and unable to focus.

Most days I’d end up walking to the mall and spend the morning working at my favourite coffee shop. When the wifi ran out I’d head over to the gym to write.

Time for Some Feng Shui

At a loss as to why I’d been feeling so unsettled in a place that should have had me happier than a vegan on a permaculture farm, I wondered out loud if the Feng Shui was perhaps a little off.

Granola hippie much?

We’ve dabbled in the pseudoscience of Chinese geomonacy before, but in recent years it’s fallen by the wayside. 

Eager for a new research project, Sporty immediately took to Google to see if dodgy Feng Shui was in fact the reason for me not being able to procrastinate work at home.

While not as bad as the time an ill-placed toilet wreaked havoc on our finances, things in our new home weren’t exactly great.

Fortunately, the fix didn’t require a plumbing overhaul. We moved the bed, shifted the wardrobe and relocated my work area. The energy changed immediately. I kid you not.

There was nothing funny in the health muffins we’d eaten, either.

With such positive results we decided to see what else we could do to make our new abode more auspicious. As it turned out, we had plenty to work on.

Mixing Minimalism with Feng Shui

Sport signed up for a free course on Red Lotus Letter and we set to work. The aptly named 28 Days to Prosperity Program promised to create financial flow and help get us unstuck.

These types of freebies don’t usually amount to much, but this one is definitely worth signing up for. We’re only at the beginning and already we’ve noticed a significant shift in our finances.

A lot of the suggestions required us buying stuff, which would have scared us off were it not for the instant gains we experienced simply by moving our furniture.

Finding a balance between minimalism and Feng Shui proved tricky. The potential for turning your home into an explosion of bad taste is huge. If you’re on tight budget it becomes even more challenging.

We quickly learned to solve problems creatively. Instead of buying actual bedside tables, which would have been expensive, we bought cardboard boxes and covered them in wrapping paper.

Genius, right!?

We also realised that bad taste is relative. If you’re buying for buying’s sake, ugly is ugly. No question about it. But if you’re buying something because you need the colour or element for Feng Shui purposes, it feels more practical and less like a decorative faux pas.

Feng Shui has definitely encouraged us to make our home more homey. Sporty and I have the tendency to lean too far to the practical side of minimalism, opting to do without rather than spend money on something. 

We’re like those radical minimalists who refuse to allow our possessions to rise above a certain number.

I’m so happy we’re (mostly) over that ridiculous notion, because for the first time today I actually wanted to come home and write.

Apologies in advance for the rubbish photos, but Annie Leibovitz I am not.

Minimalist Feng Shui in Action

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