Inviting In Good Luck!

New Years Eve has been and gone. All the plans and promises of change in the New Year have probably gone by the wayside.

Thanks to Feng Shui and the Eastern calendar, you get a second chance to start the year all over again!

Chinese New Year actually falls on the 19th of February, but the new energies that will be in play for the year will actually start to have effect on Wednesday the 4th.

To start this ‘New Year’ off right, you don’t have to make resolutions that you feel obliged to try and keep.

Instead with the help of a little cleaning and a light, you can invite good energy into your home for the year ahead and invite in good luck.

Invite good luck into your home

(This lovely one is from Pedantique.com)

Get your good luck flowing, by starting at the front door.

In Chinese tradition, this is the day you declutter and clean your home from top to toe, as dirt and clutter trap energy and cause it to stagnate.

As you probably don’t have the time to dedicate to a full clean, there are still a few things you can do to start the year off right.

– Throw out obvious rubbish that is lying around like old papers, magazines etc.

– Empty all indoor rubbish bins.

– Clear your kitchen benches and put away all dishes.

– Wipe down your front door.

– Sweep your porch.

– Wash or dust off your front door mat.

– Turn on your porch light and leave it on all night.

Your home is your sanctuary and can support your health, wealth and happiness.

Keeping your house clean and clear of unnecessary ‘stuff’ is the easiest way to keep energy fresh and powerful.

Are you a clutter collector?

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An Easy Way To Organise Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are home to the biggest collection of little things and keeping them tidy and accessable can be challenging.

Who had the bright idea to put a cavenous cupboard in a bathroom that allows one level of supplies and then room for lot’s of fresh air and not much else?

If you are one of the lucky ones, your cupboard might at least have an extra shelf to make storage more practical, but I bet that most of you don’t!

I do need to confess that I have a love of health and beauty products, and no doubt have way to many. But until beautyholics anonymous sets up office in Brisbane, my collection will grow.

Trying new products is a joyful experience for me, just give me little samples of new goodies and I am in heaven.

The biggest problem is how to keep all this neat and tidy, otherwise I only seem to use what ever is on top of the pile. The other items hidden down below and eventually are way past their use-by date and are just seperated, gooey jars of yuk!

Clever bathroom storage

This chest of drawers on casters is the best discount shop purchase I have ever made!

This little beauty has been with me for quite a while and lived in a few homes and I have always found space for it.

With 5 drawers each with their assigned contents, I know which drawer to go to for a particular purpose.

1. All things hair – hair clips, hair ties, bobby pins, brushes, combs and disposable razors (I did say all things hair) 🙂

2. All things face – tubs, tubes and pots of moisturisers, eye treatments, masks and scrubs.

3. All things body – small sized deodorants, soaps, gels, scrubs and moisturisers.

4. Cleansing wipes – yes, they need their own drawer. I have a few brands that I like, including pre-moistened ones, and others that you moisten and then use.

5. Personal hygiene – I don’t need sanitary products anymore (nothing like a little hysterectomy to fix that issue) but I keep supplies on hand for my girls as they have a habit of reminding me to stock up when they have NONE left.

You can make use of the drawers in any way that suits you, but keep one drawer for each collection of items, as going through every drawer to find something is a nuisance and time wasting.

What is your favourite way to keep your bathroom organised?

Feng Shui For Your Kitchen – Protecting Your Prosperity

 

The kitchen is the heart of every home, and can have a profound effect on your prosperity! Feng Shui is all about the flow of Chi (energy) and your kitchen can be harmful to your wealth.  The following tips will help you ensure your fortune is not effected, and will help improve the flow of abundance into your house.

Colour plays an important role in Feng Shui and red and orange should be avoided in kitchens where possible, as the oven and cooktop represent ‘heat’, adding these colours creates imbalance by adding more ‘heat’. If you kitchen has these colours in the doors or tiles, try adding the colour blue with accessories such as hand towels and oven mits etc. as this has a cooling effect on the energy in this room. Red and orange also stimulate appetite, so if you are trying to watch what you eat, stay out of the kitchen! The best colours for kitchens are white, cream, lemon, pale green and blue which all have a calming/cooling effect on energy.

The oven MUST be kept clean, and even though I try to only use natural cleaning products for the sake of health and the enviroment, I have tried sooooooo many alternatives and none of them really work, no matter how much elbow grease I use. So for this job, which only has to be done a few times each year, you cannot go past Easy Off Oven – this red can of magic can be used for a quick 5 minute clean in a warm oven, or left for 30 minutes in a cold oven. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and watch the grime disappear as you wash it off, it really is amazing and so effective.

The oven and cooktop must be kept in good working order and clean to help promote money flow. Dripping taps represent money ‘going down the drain’, call the handyman today if any of these need repair.

The fridge presents the ‘soul’ of the household, is yours full of left overs and rotting produce. Give it a good clean and get rid of everything that is not fresh. You don’t want your life to be full of rot, do you? Reduce the amount of fresh produce you buy if you tend to throw more out than you consume and stock up of frozen vegetables instead.

Do you have a knife block on your bench? If you do hide it away in the cupboard or get rid of it completely! They can cause arguments and financial loss as they have a ‘cutting’ energy.

Keep all of the bench tops as clear as possible, and only have the necessities on display (my coffee machine is NOT going anywhere!) as clutter of any sort slows energy flow or allows it to stagnate. Ensure your rubbish bin is small and hidden away in the cupboard if possible and clear it everyday, as it is full of rotten rubbish and is a definate energy blocker.

Clutter also includes all the bits you have stuck on your fridge. Magnets, bills and forms need to be put away in a box and the fridge kept clear. A picture of a bright yellow sunflower represents fresh new growth and is a better alternative or a nice new picture created by one of your children is a good alternative.

Is your pantry full of products way past useby. Give it a good overhaul, throw out anything that has expired and give the shelves a good wipedown. You don’t want your life to feel ‘past useby, do you?

A beautiful bowl brimming with fresh fruit is a great positive energy item for display. Oranges, mandarins and tangarines are good additions especially around Chinese New Year, they represent wealth.

If your kitchen has a window, keep it open and let fresh flow through as much as possible and fresh energy brings fresh opportunities and positive energy flow.

Look after your kitchen and it will look after you, don’t go to be with dishes piled up, spend a few minutes washing them or at least stacking the dishwasher and enjoy waking up in the morning to clean and clear, so much nicer and so much better for your good fortune.

Guess who just cleaned their oven and fridge??? Pantry is being done tomorrow, this is one job I always like to do in the New Year to improve energy flow, go to it and reap the benefits……………