Applying Simple Feng Shui Principles to Your Apartment

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of organization, decoration, and arrangement of living spaces to promote positive energy and good fortune. Whether you subscribe to these tenets or not, there are many ways you can use the principles of feng shui to create a more harmonious and positive apartment space in which you’ll feel comfortable, relaxed, and creative.

Refresh Your Apartment Regularly

Cultivating a fresh, clean living space will make you feel more relaxed, improving your enjoyment of time spent at home. You can refresh your apartment by opening the windows to let fresh air circulate through, dusting to remove dirt from visible surfaces, burning soy or beeswax candles, or clearing up small areas of clutter when you have a free moment or two. Integrating these practices into your regular schedule isn’t difficult and can transform the atmosphere inside your apartment into one that helps you maintain a clear, refreshed state of mind as well.

Add Golden Accents

According to the principles of feng shui, the color gold attracts wealth and good fortune. Adding golden or metallic accents to your décor may or may not influence your luck, but it can certainly brighten your living space and make your home feel warmer and more welcoming. Gold can be in the form of a metallic decorative accent, a golden lamp base, or integrated into the artwork on your wall and the linens you use every day. Sprinkling a little gold around your home will not only make your décor shine, it will turn your apartment into a beautiful and cozy space you’ll love to share with others.

Reduce Clutter

One of the major tenets of feng shui is the elimination of clutter from the home. This is a good rule to follow in any living space, as clutter can make your apartment feel smaller, darker, and even increase your stress levels. If you’re intent on following feng shui more closely, the first place to eliminate clutter should be your bedroom—particularly under the bed. Clutter under the bed is thought to restrict the flow of energy through this room, affecting your quality of sleep. Although the space under your bed is a popular area to store items, consider how much lighter and more open your bedroom will look once the area under your bed is free and clear of all blockages. Whether you choose to eliminate clutter in this space or not, addressing other areas of clutter throughout your apartment will also have a positive effect. Clear off countertops and contain piles of papers in boxes or baskets to keep visual clutter to a minimum and usable space to a maximum in your home. Focus especially on your kitchen, which is the area of your apartment responsible for mental and physical energy and nourishment. Keeping your kitchen clean and bright will encourage productivity and positivity in this vital space.

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Creating a Quirky and Inviting Entryway

Your entryway plays a vital role in the impression you and others get the instant you step inside your apartment. Keeping this space clean, free of clutter, and full of personality doesn’t need to be a challenge with the right tools and tips at your disposal. Whether you have a large or small space to work with in your entryway, adding just the right touches will convey a feeling of welcome the moment you walk through the door.

Hang a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a great way to add the vibrancy of art to your entryway. Choose art that appeals to you and ties your entryway in with the space beyond to make this area feel like a positive transition into your home. If your apartment has an eclectic feel, you can reflect this in the art you choose—select a variety of art styles in different sizes and colors for a collage-like feel. Alternatively, if your apartment is decorated in a more modern style, consider black and white prints or photographs of similar size to give your gallery wall a more uniform look.

Provide a Flat Surface

The entryway typically serves as a “landing area” where you can set down items you are carrying once you enter your apartment. Thus, one of the design “musts” of an entryway is providing a flat surface where you can set down mail, books, purses, or keys. Depending on the size of your entryway, a small, narrow table may work best for this area. A table with drawers provides additional storage for loose items, such as pet leashes, wallets, and phone chargers. Alternatively, a foldout shelf or table can provide the flat surface you need immediately upon entering your apartment, but folds away flush against the wall to save space when it is not in use.

Add a Rug

Rugs are a great way to add color and texture to any space; they work particularly well in entryways because rugs can also provide a good spot to take off shoes or catch dirt and debris that you might otherwise track inside. If you have a longer entryway, consider a rectangular rug, which will help to draw the eye deeper into your apartment as you enter. Alternatively, square, round, or even uniquely-shaped rugs work well in a smaller entryway, adding style without taking up excessive floor space. To keep your entryway rug from slipping on your wood-style flooring, place a no-slip rug pad beneath it for added safety. If you plan to have your rug double as a catch-all for dirt and snow, make sure to purchase a rug that is machine-washable and clean it often to keep your entryway looking its best.

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Giving Your Pantry a Refresh

A new year means new opportunities to keep your apartment fresh, bright, and organized. Kitchen and pantry spaces are some of the most frequently-used areas of your apartment—and often one of the most cluttered, as well. Your pantry can become a particular problem, since it’s easy to close the door and forget about the clutter within. This year, start January off right with a complete pantry refresh that will turn meal preparation throughout the year into a joy.

Remove Food Clutter

Food can create clutter, just like any other object in your home. The best way to begin a pantry overhaul is to remove everything from your pantry and set it out on your kitchen counters. Inspect each food item for expiration dates and throw away anything that is expired. Evaluate the remaining items and consider whether you are likely to use them by their upcoming expiration dates. Food you aren’t sure you want to use or don’t think you’ll utilize before it expires should be donated to a local charity or food bank, where it will do more good than taking up space in your pantry. When you do put your food back on the shelves, place items due to expire first at the front and duplicates or those that will expire later toward the back.

Refresh the Interior

Before you begin replacing your food in your pantry, give the interior a quick refresh. Use your vacuum and hose attachment to remove dust or debris from the shelves and give each shelf a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth. If you’re looking for a way to upgrade the look of your pantry, consider lining the back wall with wrapping paper or wallpaper and removable mounting squares to stylize the look of this space. Other ideas you can use to improve the functionality of this small space include adding hooks or mounting a chalkboard, dry erase board, or magnetic spice rack on the back of the door. If you’re looking for even more space-saving storage solutions, try adding a lazy Susan or risers to make food storage more compact and items easier to find.

Deal with Other Clutter

Now is a great time to take a look at the other objects cluttering up your pantry as well. Do you use this space to store shopping bags, kitchen gadgets, cleaning supplies, or other items? Take a moment to organize these items so they’ll be easier to find and more readily accessible. Cleaning supplies can go in a basket or caddy to keep them contained and away from your food to avoid contamination. Hang up aprons, dishtowels, or brooms and dust pans on hooks to save space on the floor and reserve pantry shelves for items that can’t be hung. If you have a collection of plastic bags that’s threatening to overflow, consider paring it down to only bags that are in good enough shape to be reusable (e.g., no holes) and contain them within a small trash can or plastic bin; recycle the rest to get them out of your apartment.

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Preparing Your Guest Room for Company

Hawaii is a popular travel destination, receiving nearly eight million visitors each year. When you live in this lush, tropical paradise, chances are that friends and family might want to visit you. When it’s time to prepare your guest room for occupation, keeping a few simple tips in mind can make this process easier and less stressful so you can put your energy into enjoying quality time spent with your guests.

Make the Bed

Whether you have a pullout couch or full-sized bed in your guest room, make sure you’ve got all the linens you’ll need well in advance. Although you may not use them often, having a full set of sheets dedicated for this purpose will really pay off. Clean, good-quality sheets that fit your guest bed properly and will make the entire room feel fresh and inviting. Always wash your guest sheets as soon as your guests leave so they’ll be clean and ready to pull out the next time you need them; this will also prevent the need to throw in a load of laundry while you’re preparing for company. You should also have at least one or two pillows designated for guests; providing your guests with fresh pillows will improve their comfort so they can get a good night’s sleep in between days of island excitement.

Provide Storage

Every guest room needs at least one spot for storage, whether it is a closet, wardrobe, or chest of drawers. If you use your guest room to store your own belongings, make sure there is room for your guests to hang up or fold clothing for comfort and convenience. Even if your guests will only be staying a short while, a luggage stand can turn their suitcase into an easily-accessible storage solution. Nightstands—or side tables, if your second bed doubles as a couch—provide a base for lamps and a horizontal surface for reading materials, glasses, cell phones, and other small items when they are not in use.

Include Essentials

Especially if your guests will be traveling a long way, providing some of the essentials in your guest room can help to lighten their load. Having items such as tissues, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a hair dryer, an alarm clock, and pens and notepads on hand can make traveling easier for your guests. If you entertain the same guests often, ask which brands of toiletries they prefer for an even more personalized experience. When guests are not in attendance, you can store toiletries and other items in a small basket, box, or bin to keep them contained and ready to go the next time company comes to call.

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