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Free Up Your Space

May 9, 2017

Think arranging your space according to an age-old Chinese system like feng shui is too out-there for you? Think again. There are plenty of elements in this practice that are completely down-to-earth- and don’t cost a cent!

Ok so what exactly is feng shui anyway?

It’s based on the idea that our space is a mirror of what’s happening inside us. The purpose of feng shui is to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go..

Organizing with Feng Shui

One of the fundamental principles of feng shui is achieving happiness. One of the easiest steps towards achieving this is through organizing and removing clutter from the office. The idea is that clearing away clutter helps bring in vital energy which promotes clarity and focus. Overall, 50% of your desk should be cleared. You want to be able to arrive at a clean desk when you get to work and leave with a clean desk at the end of the day.

How to Feng Shui Your Desk

To get started with laying out your desk, a Bagua map is recommended. A Bagua map is an ancient instrument used in feng shui developed to help bring overall good Chi energy. When applied to an area, each section aligns with a different aspiration like your career, wisdom, family, etc. Some also have colors and elements associated with them. A good place to apply your Bagua map for office feng shui is on your desk or workspace. The chart below will help give you an idea of how to break up your desk using a Bagua map.

  1. 
    Wealth and Prosperity The back left corner of the desk represents prosperity. Target this space to attract money and abundance.
  2. Fame and Reputation In the center back of the Bagua map, you’ll find the space for fame. Place business cards or a nameplate here. Cerrano also recommends “motivational images that highlight who you are and your accomplishments.
  3. Love and Relationships A fresh flower, which can bring luck and maybe even spark romance, goes here. Already have a special someone? Place a photo of the two of you here.
  4. Family Although it’s a cliché desktop feature, a family photo, according to feng shui principles, fits well on the left center of the desk. A wood frame enhances the energy of this particular space.
  5. Health Although sitting at a desk doesn’t do much for your health, there are a few ways to promote health even while working. Keep the center area of the desktop free of clutter to attract good energy to the area.
  6. Creativity Boost creativity by adding inspiration to the right center of the grid. Aspiring writers, place a journal or book here. A blank sketchbook would be ideal for artists, while a metal object may work well for others. But really, anything goes—just get creative!
  7. Knowledge and Wisdom Struggling to learn new material, or just want to be wise beyond your years? Focus on the front left corner of the desk. Place a reference book or maybe a picture.
  8. Career Front and center is the career space—definitely appropriate for a desk. Keep this spot free of clutter. Displaying affirmations or motivational quotes around the office; this would be a great place to stick one of those.
  9. Helpful People and Travel If you’re in need of a little help from your friends focus on the front right section. This is a good spot to put a phone or an address book (do people use those anymore?). This area also represents travel, so a travel guide or a photo of a dream vacation locale would work well here.

Finally, Feng shui isn’t a magic formula; rather, it provides a visual reminder of the areas of life that you value or are working to improve.

 

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