Do you live in a rental apartment (or house)? Would you like to make it feel like home without making the massive changes landlords usually resist?
From a Feng Shui perspective it’s important that your space feel safe, beautiful and comfortable, but as a long-time renter I know what a challenge it is to bring these qualities to a space you don’t own.
Rentals can be tough, but with a few tips from Feng Shui you can feel like an owner until the day you move out (taking all your great ideas along with you!).
Follow these Feng Shui tips for best results — I guarantee you’ll feel like you own the place!
- Place the Bagua over a floor plan of your home to understand how energy is flowing. Use the Map to place artwork, colors and furniture to anchor your intentions and help you take possession of the space.
- Replace things that can be switched back when you move out. Choosing your own switch plates, doorknobs, and even toilet seats can go a long way towards making you feel like the whole place belongs to you.
- Unblock Chi energy by removing unnecessary doors. Many rentals have doors that go unused or just get in the way. If you find yourself overwhelmed with doors to rooms, closets and hallways, simply take them down and store them away until you move. You and your Chi will move through your space with greater ease.
- Keep clutter to a minimum by following the best clutter-clearing and organizing advice you can find. The more respect you give yourself by keeping your space beautiful and organized, the greater your sense of ownership.
- Place furniture using the Command Position. In a rental the Command Position is especially important because you have less control of this space than you would a home you owned. Placing your bed, couch and desk where you can clearly see the door gives you the sense of power you need to feel safe and secure.
- Paint with rich colors if you’re allowed to. Nothing makes a place feel more like home than beautiful colors of your own choosing. Landlords often object, but they may relent when you guarantee that you’ll repaint the walls when you move.
- Enhance or create views of nature, by either putting up curtains to frame a great view or hanging landscape art that distracts from a not-so-great view.
- Use mirrors strategically to give depth to narrow, difficult spaces and reflect light and nature. Be sure to use big, beautiful mirrors that light up the space all by themselves.
- Schedule a Feng Shui space-clearing ceremony to cleanse the space and transform any negative energies that might remain from previous tenants.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you’d like advice or guidance for bringing these tips to life.
I’m available for consultations in rental-happy New York City, and for long-distance projects, too!
(photo credit: jamiesrabbits on Flickr)