Rearrange your room, rearrange your life

By DeeAnna Haney | Jul 12, 2012

This time last year, my life was a stressful balancing act between three jobs all in different towns. I was overworked, exhausted and ultimately discouraged. Even though I was working hard, I felt like I was getting nowhere.

I had an overwhelming sense that in order for my life to change and to reach my goals, I needed to get some clarity about what I was doing wrong.

During all this frustration, I remembered a book about Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) that I purchased on a whim at book sale in college.

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement, a practice that’s over 5,000 years old. Although it gets pretty complex, dealing with chakras and chi, at its most basic level, it’s all about rearranging your living space to reflect your life and your goals. Ultimately, it’s believed to eliminate chaos, help you clearly see your goals and even heal relationships. It’s what ancient Chinese used to make sense of the universe.

This may seem unbelievable, but just a few days after I feverishly cleaned, organized and rearranged my apartment according to Feng Shui rules, I received not one, not two, but three job offers at newspapers!

I have no idea if it was simply coincidence, my personal hard work finally paying off, prayers to find a job using my degree or all of it together. All I know is, I finally felt cleansed and had a sense of peace and clarity that I had lacked since graduating college.

A few months ago I moved to a new apartment in Waynesville and now that I have finally unpacked all those boxes, I am working to Feng Shui my space all over again.

You have to be willing to do some research, but just getting the basics of Feng shui could make a big difference in your life. There are tons of resources on the topic. The book I have is called “Teen Feng Shui: Design Your Space, Design Your Life.” It works perfectly for me, since I live in a small apartment and it focuses mainly on the bedroom.

According to the book, your life is divided up into eight areas of interest: knowledge, family/health, wealth, reputation, relationships, creativity, travel, and career.

In feng shui, you simply learn what objects to place in each section of a room that represents each part of your life. For example, you might put a bookcase in the knowledge section of your room to inspire learning.

It also tells you where you shouldn't place certain objects. For example, don't put candles or a heater in the wealth section of the room because fire symbolically burns money.

Feng shui also teaches you how to allow your "chi," an invisible energy that moves through all things, to move freely in your home. That means purging your home of clutter and rearranging your furniture to the correct placement.

I'm planning on making a big trip to Goodwill this week and let the rearranging begin! I could use all the peace and clarity I can get these days.

Don't be afraid to try it. You've got nothing to lose!