If you're one of the many young people who have taken a good hard look at your finances and realized that moving back home is your best plan, you are not alone. Families all over America are scooting over and making room for loved ones who need their help. Even though it might not be your first choice, try to focus on the up sides, including a supportive family, meals now and then and that all-important replenishment of your savings account.
Your goal is to stay on track and remain positive while making the most of your situation. That's where the ancient Chinese art of placement can make a big difference. Here are some simple, inexpensive Feng Shui tips you can use to energize your new space and keep chi (positive energy) flowing your way.
Energizing a multi-functional space
Moving back home can involve creating a multi-functional space out of one room that also doubles as a bedroom. For example, you might want a desk area for your computer, an entertainment area, an altar or meditation space and your bed of course. You can use colors to define and enhance the energy in each of these areas.
For work and entertainment areas, energizing yang colors (yellow, orange, beige, brown, red and gold) work well. Silvers and other metallics can also be used as accents to energize these active spaces.
Yin, or feminine colors, are considered to be more relaxing and promote healing of the body, mind and spirit. Certain shades of blues and purples are restful yin colors, along with many pastels. They work well for sleeping and meditation areas. If painting your walls isn't practical, try draping fabrics.
More easy tips
If your parents agree, you might want to paint the door to your room. Red attracts wealth, which is probably high on your agenda right now. Also, make sure the door is well oiled and its hardware is polished. Another way to attract wealth is to wrap three coins in purple fabric and tie it with a red ribbon. Place the little bundle in the southeast area of your room.
When it comes to choosing art for your walls, stick with images that bring a smile to your face and help you relax. The Chinese believe that "happy memory photos" enhance personal fortunate blessings. For lighting, use full-spectrum bulbs which mimic sunlight and are especially energizing in work areas.
If you decide to have a TV in your bedroom, cover it with a scarf at night and do the same with your computer. Electronic devices can disturb a room's Feng Shui, even when they aren't turned on.
If you are interested in attracting a romantic partner into your life, place images of couples and pairs of romantic objects and candles in the southwest area of your room. Pinks and white are also great in this relationship sector.
Don't let your closet become a catch-all for the stuff you don't know what to do with. Try to keep it as clutter free as the rest of your room. To assure a nourishing flow of energy, keep your closet and en-suite bathroom doors closed at night. Also, make sure the toilet's lid is down when it's not in use. Open toilets can drain chi.