Below you'll find feng shui tips to make your summer even better. Take the ones that most resonate with you or just the easiest ones. Be sure to take notice through out the summer how the energy around you has shifted. It can be big or subtle, but either way, it's happening.
1. Spend more time outside.
If you have a home with a yard, summer is the time to be outside enjoying it! Your yard and landscaping are important in feng shui because they surround your home. Chi (life-force energy) has to pass through your yard in order to enter your home.
The exterior is just as important as your front door to welcoming Chi and fresh energy into your home and your life. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and create the yard of your dreams – then, of course, spend time enjoying it!
Front yard tip: If you have the room and would like one, adding a fountain to your front yard can attract wealth energy! It doesn’t have to be grandiose, even a small DIY one will do the trick. Just be sure that the water flows toward your house, not away from it. The water flowing towards your home represents wealth energy flowing into your life. Keep the water clean! Fountains can also attract birds and other little critter, which create welcoming Chi.
Years ago I made one out of a water tight planter and added the fountain from a kit. You’ll need an outlet or long extension cord. In order to make it flow toward the house, I tilted it slightly with some partly buried bricks...easy peasy.
Back yard patio: Patios are considered bonus areas in feng shui and they enhance whichever bagua area they touch. This strengthens what area is connected as in the bagua map.
Check out the bagua map below to see how to use it in your home!
Once you know which area your patio is connected to, you can use specific enhancements out there to double the feng shui energy.
Also, when it comes to making a feng shui summer patio, you really can’t go wrong by decorating it with things you love no matter what life area it represents.
Enjoying and spending time on the patio will stir up the Chi and create a welcoming patio that’s fresh with loving energy.
Some ideas to make your patio feel more like a resort:
*Hang inexpensive curtains
*Create a welcoming seating area with fun, bright cushions
*Hang outdoor lights and/or lanterns
*Bring in colorful plants (red and orange are a bonus for summer!)
*Add candles or a fire pit
*Create a shaded lounge area with umbrellas and pillows or lounge chairs, or hang a hammock!
Two: Think about air purification and how your home smells.
Scent can go a LONG way towards making your home feel like a resort vacation.
Switch out your candles, air fresheners, and diffusers for summery scents that feel special!
If you run your air conditioning a lot, now is also the time to switch out your air filters.
Clean those air filters and vents often so you don’t recirculate stagnant energy. You can also open the windows every few days to help the fresh air circulate, even if for just a few minutes.
Smudging with different herbs and incense in the summer can also help purify the air and make your home feel like a resort. Use natural scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint. If you’ve never used those in your smudge sticks, try them and see if you like them! Incense and diffusing essential oils works too. Use scents that are light and refreshing.
Three: Open the curtains.
Opening the windows isn’t the only way to change how your home feels. Open curtains can bring the bright, summer vibes into your home too. Sunlight is fire and yang energy, which also burns off the stagnant energy in dark rooms and corners.
This can make your home feel completely different, so if you’ve spent a lot of time in the air conditioning, opening the curtains and blinds for 10 minutes or more to give your energy a refreshing break.
Don’t forget to move your indoor plants around towards the sunlight too. After all, you’re not the only thing in your home that will benefit from the extra summer sun!
Summer feng shui tip: Switching out your curtains for lighter, brighter ones can give your home more of a resort feel. You can get inexpensive curtains on Amazon or even use white sheets. Plus, while you’re at it, hang your curtain rods closer to the ceiling to draw your eye upward and lighten up the whole space!
Four: Refresh your front door.
The front door is so important in feng shui, and switching up the decor on your porch or door with the changing seasons is always a good idea. The front door is the mouth of chi in feng shui. This is where new opportunities enter. If you don’t use your front door daily, be sure to make a point of opening it for a little while each and everyday.
Clean your front door any time you need a boost, but changing out your front door wreath (I do hope your Christmas decorations aren’t still hanging on the front door. yikes!!) and the doormat for summer can refresh the energy in your whole home and change how you feel every time you enter!
Adding some fire colors for summer with red and/or orange flowers outside your front door will help attract that active, vibrant energy. You can also add a wind chime (my fave) to stir up the Chi and engage all of your senses when you enter.
Five: Add accent colors and/or switch out your decor for summer.
As mentioned above, the colors most associated with summer and fire energy are bright red and orange. If you switch out your decor with the seasons, adding some pops of fire colors to your shared living areas can make your whole household feel more alive.
If you aren’t naturally drawn to bright colors in your decor – try them just for the season. Just a few throw pillow covers can change how your whole home feels both energetically and physically!
Also, if you find that you and your family spend a lot of time being active in the summer, you can add more cool, calming colors like blues and greens to your home so that it’s more relaxing when you’re there! This can help your home feel more like a resort, too!
Six: Clean your car.
If you find that you’re on the go a lot in the summer, don’t forget your car! If you normally take a vacation and rent a car, you know how special it feels to be in a newly cleaned car.
Take time to clean out your car. Pay special attention to the windows and mirrors, which represent how you see the world while you’re out and about! Also, don’t forget how your car smells! Yikes! Smell can really change how you feel in a space, so adding a new air freshener to your car can completely shift how you feel while commuting.
Seven: Create a spa-like bathroom and bedroom.
One of the biggest reasons going on vacations and staying at a resort is such a treat is because they aren’t full of the things that usually weigh us down. If it’s been a long time since you’ve cleaned out/decluttered your bedroom and bathroom, give yourself that gift for the summer!
In addition to the daily straightening up your nightstands and putting away the laundry, try organizing things and feel the change in how the spaces feel. If you want to, you can even buy new, lighter bedding and towels, or a new shower curtain for a fresher, lighter feeling.
Light some candles and put a few drops of eucalyptus in the shower and your bedroom and bathroom will feel like your very own retreat!
Bonus Tip: If you have a lot of clutter or old decor in your bedroom, bathroom and/or kitchen counter, box it up or put it away out of sight. You don’t have to get rid of it just yet (unless you want to). Just clearing it out can get rid of that visual weight in the room. If you find that you don’t miss the clutter, it will be a lot easier to get rid of it later. Remember, less is more..more flow of energy that is.
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