I recently completed a fantastic course called the “Money Love Challenge” by Kate Northrup. The 21 day program took us through a series of small steps to “put some loving attention on your finances”… a fun exercise that gave me some great insights. One thing we learned about during the course that I especially wanted to share was how to arrange your space to improve your mindset, energy and abundance!
The ancient Chinese art of Feng shui (pronounced "fung shway") says that how we arrange our homes has a profound impact on the quality of our lives. Feng shui practitioners believe that the placement of objects in a room, home, or other space will affect the flow of chi (life force or essential energy). If there’s good chi flowing, you’ll get a boost of positive energy and attract positive things into your life. Pretty sweet, right?
Time to Pull Out the Map
The tool I learned how to use and found not too intimidating as a beginner was the Bagua Map. The Bagua is used to divide your space into 9 areas that correspond to different areas of your life. You encourage and enhance chi (good energy) by coordinating these areas with the elements and symbols that correspond. To apply to your whole home, sketch a rough floorplan of the house and lay the Bagua grid on top identify each zone of your home.
For example, my Wealth and Prosperity area was in the corner of my kitchen, so I’m working to keep that area clutter free and I added some objects to the area to raise the good energy of the space, including a bamboo plant, jar of coins and a Himalayan salt lamp (I love this thing!).
I was especially interested to learn that I could not only apply this grid to the floorplan of my entire home, but also to individual rooms and even to the layout of my desk! Want to get your positive energy flowing in your home office? Try out these tips:
Pick the Power Position
If you home office space will allow it, orient your desk so that you’re facing the door, slightly off at an angle to the right or left, not directly across from the door. If this isn’t possible, a small mirror on your desk to reflect your office’s entrance is the next best thing. I turned my desk around to face the door instead of the wall and I can’t tell you how much of an immediate difference it made for me! I started feeling more focused and able to concentrate.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter can apparently block your energy flow so it’s important to only keep the items on your desk that you’re using on a daily basis and file everything else away. Obviously, you have to organize things in a way that suits your work style and personal preferences, but clearing clutter can provide a space that allows creativity to flow – and that sounds pretty appealing to me!
Dress that Desk for Success
I found this part super fun… Time to arrange your desk for positive energy flow! Imagine the Bagua map super-imposed on your desk surface with your desk chair in the same place as you put your front door. Each of the nine blocks are associated with colors, which you can use to choose objects to place on your desk, but remember to keep at least 50% of the space free at all times. If nine areas are just too much – pick 2 or 3 to focus on and start there!
- Wealth & Prosperity: The back-left corner is the one to target if you want to focus on attracting money and financial abundance. Maybe add a plant or “lucky” bamboo, crystal or jar of coins. (Element: Wood, Colors: Blue, Purple, Red)
- Fame & Reputation: The back-center area is your target for amping up your celebrity and time in the spotlight! This is a great spot for your nameplate or business cards and also a place to feature any awards you’re proud of like race medals or sales awards. (Element: Fire, Color: Red)
- Love & Relationships: The back-right corner is the area for bringing a little love to your relationships. If you’re single, place an item here that symbolizes what you’re looking for in a relationship… if you have that special someone already, place of photo of the two of you here! (Element: Earth, Colors: Pink, Red, White, Earth Tones)
- Family: A good addition to this left-center area is a small family photo or items that remind you of family. If you have one, a wood frame enhances the energy of this particular space! (Element: Wood, Colors: Green, Black, Blue)
- Health: Typically, the center of the desk is taken up by your computer, but it’s good to keep this area as clear as you can. Personally, I applied my #moneylovechallenge mantra to my computer monitor so that it helps to charge this space with good energy. Taking a couple breaks throughout my day to repeat the mantra and breathe helps me focus some energy on maintaining good health. (Element: Earth, Color: Yellow)
- Creativity: To enhance creativity and inspiration, focus on the right-center area of the grid. A sketchbook, journal, printer, or other creative outlet or metal element works just fine for this space. (Element: Metal, Colors: Whites, Creams, Pastels)
- Knowledge & Wisdom: Focus on the front-left corner of your desk to bring energy to your learning, personal development or attract your mentor into your life. I keep my notebook in this corner where I take notes from trainings and lectures. You could keep a reference book or picture of an inspiring educator in this space as well. (Element: Earth, Color: Blue)
- Career: Your career area is front and center and a good place to keep clear of clutter. It’s a great place to stick an aspirational quote or motivational mantra. My keyboard takes up most of this space but since it’s black, it goes with the zone’s color! (Element: Water, Color: Black)
- Helpful People & Travel: Focus on the front-right zone of your desk to bring special people into your life. I keep my phone and planner here. It’s also the zone for travel, so a travel journal or photo of a dream vacation would be perfect for this spot as well. (Element: Metal, Colors: Gray, White, Silver, Black)
To Sum Up
There’s no perfect arrangement that’s going to work for everyone, so remember to have fun and play around until you find the arrangement that works for you! I’ve enjoyed being inspired to examine what I want to bring into my life, what I want to discard (clutter!) and to start making a plan for how I’m going to get there.
If you start with just the few tips above to bring positivity and balance into your life, I’d love to see the results! Share your before and after photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FengShuiDesk and spread the love!