When working from home, it’s important to find resources, projects, and practices that can help ease your mind and bring a sense of calmness to your surroundings.
The ancient Chinese art of feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”), operates under the notion that all objects possess energy called chi and that you can use this chi to bring luck, wealth, and opportunity into your home.
As you are embarking into a new era of working from home or if you have years of experience working from home, it’s helpful to tap into central themes that can help you stay positive and productive, starting with the energy of your new home office space. By applying simple and basic feng shui home office tips, you can shift the energy to improve well-being at work, and potentially create subtle shifts in the relationship with your co-workers, roommates, or family.
There are several components that need to be considered when creating or altering your home working space. Let’s begin by asking yourself some basic feng shui questions including:
- What is happening behind your back?
- What do you first see as you come in?
- What is the quality of the air you breathe in? The quality of light?
Got it? Wonderful. Now let’s go through some basic principles:
According to feng shui, the ideal space for your home office is in the south-eastern section of the home as it boosts productivity and positive energy. If that’s not an option, be sure that the south-eastern section of your home office space is clutter-free.
It’s suggested that you create as much division as possible between your office area and your bedroom to keep work and home life separate. If possible, have a separate entrance to your home office.
Organize & Declutter
Clutter is said to affect your brain – ability to focus, sleep patterns, and anxiety levels. More mess means more stress. It can also trigger coping strategies that make you more likely to grab junk food. Yikes.
We’ve all heard of Marie Kondo’s The Magic of Tidying Up and this definitely applies when it comes to your home office setting. If it’s cluttered and demotivating, it can affect your performance and leave you feeling drained and uninspired. So take this time to do some spring cleaning – organize current files, drawers, and desktop, discard old files, and donate items no longer needed. We promise, you’ll be happy you did.
When considering the position of your desk, you’ll want to ensure that you’re in a commanding position to attract stronger and more successful energies to your work area. This means that:
- You don’t have your back to the door – your back to the door, window, or the overall office traffic, could cause your energy could become weak and insecure.
- Your desk is positioned further from the door and not in line with it.
- Avoid facing a wall while working at your desk. If you have to face the wall, use feng shui to make the wall “disappear” with the smart use of art.
In terms of feng shui, there are 3 major areas of the home office that need to be addressed properly for the best energy:
- South – Fame & Reputation: The element here is associated with the fire element so avoid the color blue, big mirrors, or images of water. (water puts out fire, you feel me?)
- North – Career or Path in Life: The element here is water so feel free to bring in the blues, fountains, or inspiring images related to your career.
- Southeast – Prosperity & Abundance: The element is wood so avoid images of fire in this area. Instead, focus on using images or items that speak of money and abundance.
The Power of Plants
Plants bring in fresh energy from nature (if you take good care of them, of course!) and can add life to any space. There are several indoor plants that can help remove pollutants and purify the air you breathe. Not to mention this also allows a nice flow of chi through your space. In this article, HGTV showcases suggestions on the Top 20 Plants For Cleaning Indoor Air.
When it comes to decor, you’ll want to plan your home office with your success, well-being, and productivity in mind. Think of specific images, inspirational colors, and decor items that make you feel successful, abundant, and happy. We invite you to fully express your creativity when decorating your office. Depending on your field, you’ll want to ensure your home office reflects the energy you want to project in the world.
This is, of course, the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this ancient practice but we hope that it inspires you to tackle this new project with intention.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy!