Alright, so many of us are still stuck working from home due to COVID. By now, we’re probably pretty used to the working part, but how many of us have started noticing — or even obsessing — on how dusty, dirty, or disorganized our home spaces are? Oftentimes tackling streamlining your home can be a huge, overwhelming project.
Where do you start?
Take a page from the Feng Shui practice, focus on decluttering, and, most importantly, hone your cleaning practices to boost the positive energy in your home without wasting time!
What is Feng Shui?
When you break down the principles and practices of Feng Shui, it’s actually a pretty straight forward concept.
The simplest approach is to think of the energy in your home as Feng Shui, yet when you dig down a bit further you’ll learn that Feng Shui is “interrelated with bodily Chi energy.” Chi energy, on the other hand, takes a bit more study to grasp. Chi generally references “vital fluids and the energy itself that flows through our bodies.” This energy is capable of living “within your body, as well as your home, therefore, when it comes to boosting bodily energy via Feng Shui … it’s believed that these energies are intermingled and affect one another.”
In order to boost your chi via Feng Shui, you’ll need to get a handle on best practices.
This means taking ownership of how your living space relates to and integrates with the natural world. Feng Shui, at its core, is the “practice of looking at our living spaces and working environment and striking a balance with the natural world.” This practice is directly related and connected to the practice of Taoism, “which translates to mean ‘the way,’” generally in reference to nature.
Focused Cleaning to Maximize Feng Shui
Of course, all of us don’t have the luxury of time to learn the ins and outs of Feng Shui, yet that doesn’t mean you can’t employ some simple practices in your home. Where do you start if you only have 30 minutes to an hour a day? Cleaning!
Alright, this may sound like a bit of a downer, but give me a moment to persuade you!
Feng Shui cleaning is not about a deep scrub of the entire house, but more about targeted easy cleaning of certain areas of your home in order to boost the energy flow. For instance, simply wiping down windows in the main living areas of your home can make a world of difference in your mood.
Read on to learn the best areas to focus your cleaning to maximize the Feng Shui in your home!
Also, if you want to dig down into the design aspect of Feng Shui, try a few of these super simple arrangement principles outlined in Boosting Positive Energy with DIY Feng Shui.
Front Door and Entryway
This may seem a bit futile … I mean, how many of us hang out in our front entryway, so why would you want to focus your minimal time cleaning an area of the house that you don’t necessarily enjoy. With that said, when it comes to Feng Sui, the front door and entryway are arguably the most important parts of your home.
Feng Shui belief states that the “home attracts its energy, or chi, through the front door.” This means that all those positive energy vibes that you desire have to first make it through that front door and front entryway before inviting themselves into your home.
In order to boost the positive energy of your entire home, make sure that your front door is clean of grime and dirt and maybe give it a bit of a welcoming vibe with fresh paint, plants, and even a seating area. Upon stepping through your door, the front entryway (if you have one), should embody the same welcoming vibes with cleanliness, organization, and, of course, a plant or two!
Consider thinking “outside the box” with your entryway. Maybe consider putting in a bookshelf, rotating fresh flowers, investing in a nice rug, and make sure that shoes are well-organized or even hidden in a nice basket or rack.
You may consider the living area as the heart of the home. This is generally where the hearth resides (if you have one) and it may be where you spend the majority of your time in the house.
When it comes to Feng Shui, it’s actually the kitchen that’s considered the “heart of the home.” The kitchen is “where a home’s warmth comes from” and therefore it’s recommended to make your kitchen area as “cozy and inviting” as possible.
Of course, when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, it’s usually a much larger job than there is time for. Focus your efforts on the stove. The stove is the “heart of the heart” — considered a “symbol of prosperity” — and is where you prepare the food that will physically nourish your body. When the stove is clean, inside and out, you may find you’ll feel surprisingly lighter and healthier all around!
When it comes to unclogging bodily energy, there’s really nothing as satisfying as clearing muck from the windows of your home.
When it comes to Feng Shui beliefs, the windows are “considered the eyes of those living in the home.” Therefore, when your windows are covered in dirt, splotches, and grime it may lead to “blurry perceptions of the world or not being able to see the world clearly.” Along with confusing perceptions and vision, windows are also believed to allow bad energy to escape and good energy back inside.
If your house is a window mecca, start by focusing your cleaning efforts on windows in rooms that you spend most of your time such as the living area, kitchen, or your home workspace.
While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, it doesn’t mean that the home center — generally the living area — doesn’t play just as important of a role!
Just like the kitchen, the center of the home is a big space to think about cleaning. How can you go about making the best of your cleaning Feng Shui?
Focus on decluttering, organizing, simplifying, vacuuming, and dusting.
Simply put, get rid of extra “stuff” lying around, — this can include too many throw blankets and tchotchkes — make sure that the stuff you do have has its place, — indulge in a bookshelf, baskets, and shelving units — and take 15 minutes every couple days to do quick dust wipe down and quick vacuum. By making this a task every other day, you can avoid the big “clean-down” that is necessary when left for weeks at a time!
Plant-Based, Chemical-Free Cleaners
Now that you’re ready to get started with your Feng Shui-focused cleaning, take a moment to consider the cleaning products that you’ll use. Many commonly used cleaning agents actually contain harmful chemicals! For instance, Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, Methanol, and Ethylbenzene are chemicals “commonly used in disinfectants, tub and tile cleaners, and toilet cleaners” and are “linked to nervous system damage, memory loss, reproductive system damage, and an increased risk of several types of cancer.”
Also, keep a wary eye out for bleach — potentially “dangerous and reactive … when mixed with ammonia and acids” – and formaldehyde — used in “air fresheners, antibacterial detergents, and carpet cleaners, and is a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, in humans.”
If you’re a fan of those lovely smelling cleaners, I’ve got a bit of bad news for you — the fragrance is a benign term that can “mask the presence of allergens and known hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates.”
Looking for some chemical-free cleaners that you can use safely in your home? Here are a few to try out!
1. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Glass & Surface Cleaner
Seventh Generation is an excellent, cost-effective, non-toxic cleaner to use in your home! Not only is Seventh Generation plant-based, non-toxic, and biodegradable, but reviews claim that it works just as well as those chemical-filled cleaners. This Seventh Generation Free & Clear Glass & Surface Cleaner promises to leave your windows looking brilliant and streak-free without any harsh fumes making the process unpleasant. A 2-pack of 32-ounce bottles costs $23.99.
2. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
Meyers is one of my personal favorite cleaners not only because it’s all-natural, but they also have a slew of safe, natural fragrances that are to die for! This Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner really is multi-surface — use it on the floor and countertops, tile and painted walls, and pretty much any other non-porous surface in the house that needs a bit of a scrub down. Not only is Mrs. Meyers cruelty-free, but they are incredibly careful with their cleaning formula. Per the Mrs. Meyer’s website, “thoughtfully formulated with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to make products that are powerful against dirt and grime while being a pleasure to use.” A 16-ounce bottle costs $3.88.
3. Method All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner
Method is all about transparency. For instance, when you visit their website, you can read about all the good ingredients they use to swap out all the “dirty ingredients,” as they call them. On top of that, you can do a full read-through of their formula, how they incorporate safe fragrances, and what they do about safe colors and preservatives.
Simply put, if you want to know every aspect of the cleaner you use to wipe down your kitchen counter, then this is the company to dig into!
This Method All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner utilizes plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients such as corn and coconut oil. For those lovely fragrances, Method uses oil blends. The entire thing is topped off with safe soda ash, potassium hydrate, biodegradable emulsifier, and purified water. A 28-fluid ounce bottle costs $12.41.
4. Meliora Cleaning Products Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub
Sometimes, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, you need a hardcore cleaner that really knows how to scrub out mold, grime, and dirt. With that said, the more hardcore you go, the more chemicals you run into. Not with Meliora! This Meliora Cleaning Products Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub may have “gentle” in the name, but it packs a powerful punch. The “gentle” in the title refers to a wide variety of surface use from the kitchen to the bathroom, from tile to stainless steel, even your floor! On top of the surface versatility, this cleaner is people and planet-friendly — dye-free, preservative-free, preservative-free, and fragrance-free. This product is certified cruelty-free, is produced by a Certified B corp community, and received an A from the Environmental Working Group. A 12-ounce can costs $13.99.
5. Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner
If you’re shopping on a super tight budget then Better Life may be the best plant-based, clean, people-friendly option available! Better Life products are made with biodegradable cleaning ingredients. This specific Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner uses natural cleaning agents such as soap bark, corn, and coconut while infusing lovely fragrances with natural extracts such as pomegranate fruit. Even though it’s all-natural, this cleaning product is also super powerful! You can use Better Life on almost every surface including countertops and floors, upholstery and toilets, tile and tables, and even appliances! Plus, this product is Leaping Bunny certified. A 2-pack of 32-fluid ounce bottles costs $11.78.
If you’re looking to dive a bit deeper into Feng Shui or clean cleaning, take a stroll through some of these informative articles!
- Boosting Positive Energy with DIY Feng Shui During Lockdown
- 10 Eco-Friendly Goodies to Feng Shui Your Home
- The Best All-Natural Cleaning Products for Your Home
- How to Replace Every Cleaning Product With 3 Simple, Natural Ingredients – and How to Do It
- DIY Your Home!
- Ultimate Guide to DIY: Cleaning
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