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9 Feng Shui Hacks That Will Improve Your Energy and Home

Several weeks ago I wrote about unexpected sources for organizing inspiration. One of these sources came from an event I attended the Northeast Regional Conference for Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NERCPO.) My colleague, Sandra Wheeler, who is an organizer and Feng Shui practitioner, spoke about ways to create more flow in your life. I was intrigued by her presentation, so I invited her to share some of her ideas with you. After all, as humans, we’re always searching for simple ways to improve our experience. Those small, seemingly insignificant shifts can make all of the difference.  As we enter the activity of the holiday season, wind down one year, and begin another, finding ways to reduce stress, increase joy, and remaining open for possibilities are key. 


Before we begin the interview, let me tell you a bit more about Sandra. She is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO.) Sandra earned her Specialist Certificates in both Residential and Workplace Productivity. She served on the NAPO-CT Board from 2008-2016 and received the Founders Award for her contributions. Sandra earned her Feng Shui Certification from the New England School of Feng Shui. On a personal note, she is an excellent teacher with a great sense of humor. You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest or her website.



Linda Samuels:  Can you briefly describe what Feng Shui is?

Sandra Wheeler:  Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice. Our homes are a mirror of what is going on inside us. The purpose of Feng Shui is to get your environment in alignment with who you are and where you want to go in life – to harmonize your energy with your home’s energy.



Linda:  What got you interested in becoming a Feng Shui practitioner?

Sandra:  About 15 years ago, I had a strong sense that my home needed ‘something.’ I contacted a Feng Shui practitioner, he did an energy clearing, and the process and the results fascinated me. I then found the New England School of Feng Shui and took classes over many years. 



Linda:  How do you integrate Feng Shui with your organizing work?

Sandra:  My first rule in Feng Shui is to “do no harm.” I do not impose my knowledge on someone unless they ask. If an organizing client knows I am a practitioner and asks questions, I obviously answer them. Other times, if I notice that a bed or desk is not in the best spot in the room, I will ask if they are able to sleep (bedroom) or focus (office.) If their response is negative, I will make suggestions.  



Linda:  What are some of your favorite Feng Shui ‘light’ tips?


  • Storing a great deal in the attic, keeps you from ‘aspiring,’ reaching for new heights. 
  • Storing a great deal in the basement, keeps you rooted in the past, in place, prevents you from moving forward. 
  • Bedrooms are for loving, resting and preparing for your day. They are private spaces (yin). No televisions. No pictures of parents, kids, etc. Only display pictures of you and your (current) partner. Keep No piles of unfinished projects. No exercise equipment draped in clothing.
  • Lighting activates energy, so have enough light sources in your living areas so they can be well lit when in use. If spaces are in the dark, those represent neglect of certain aspects of your life.  
  • Keep your toilet seats lowered to keep your ‘finances and energy’ from going down the drain. 
  • Use all of the burners on your stove regularly. This area contributes to your abundance. 
  • Generally, it is important to surround yourself with things of beauty, things that make you smile, and items that have meaning to you. 
  • The more stuff you have on the floor, the more it pulls down your energy and can lead to depression. You don’t want to sort large volumes of paper on the floor and then leave the piles there for any length of time. This is also the same with laundry, etc. 
  • Individuals tend to feel most comfortable with their back to a wall, rather than a window or door. Notice where you sit in your home office, the dining room, and living room, etc. Where do you feel most comfortable?


Thank you, Sandra, for joining us. I’m sure that many of us have a desire to create environments that support who we are and what we want our life to be like. It’s fascinating that by making some simple changes in our environment, like the ones you suggested, we can shift our energy internally and in our home to be more positive, supportive, and conducive for living in a state of flow.

Please join Sandra and me as we continue the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts. What resonates with you? 





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@Stacey: It is difficult to answer your questions without meeting you and seeing your home space. Absent that, here is a short attempt.

One of the best ways to open space for new things and changes that you want in your life is simply to declutter. Tackle your closets and drawers and get rid of items you no longer use.

To develop key relationships, go to the back right corner of your home or apartment. Eliminate pictures or items of solitary objects and people. These can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Replace these items with groupings of objects and/or pictures of yourself with groups of friends, or a picture of happy people in a group or social scene. A brightly lit space will help create more yang energy that brings you to the attention of new people and social circles. A sparkling chandelier, a lava lamp, or other light such as twinkle lights in a plant all are great activators for activating new friendships. Do this with deliberate intention to bring more friendships into your life.

You may also want to activate your personal growth space. This would be the front left corner of your home or apartment. This space can be activated by things that are blue, green, represent water and wood. Do these placements with deliberate intention toward self cultivation.

Now that you’ve decluttered and activated a space or two, I hope you take a deep breathe, trust the universe and be more active, go to places where you are likely to meet those new friends.

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Wheeler

Did Sandra see my question?

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacey chandler

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I didn’t realize there was a second page.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacey chandler

@Sandra- What a beautiful (and helpful) response that you gave to Stacey's question. I love how your suggestions are doable and all tied to good energy flow. Following the changes with a deep breathe, trust in the powers that be, and being more intentional with actions, are wonderful ways to bring Stacey's desires to fruition. I know how hard this must be to give advice sight unseen, but I appreciate (and Stacey does too,) your ability to do so. With my deepest gratitude.

December 8, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Stacey- I'm so glad you saw page two and Sandra's lovely response to your question. I'm sending good energy your way.

December 8, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hello, I can’t seem to find this answer anywhere. I want to activate my fame and reputation area; which is the south area. The south area is actually missing, what cures can I use? I also have a beautiful portrait of a peacock that I wanted to use for the fame area, I’ve read that images of peacocks are good for fame and somehow love, but the peacock is blue... and apperangly blue doesn’t work with the fame area. Please help!

January 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMadeleine

@Madeleine- These are great questions. I'm going to forward them on to Sandra Wheeler for her to respond to since she is the expert in these matters. So please check back in a week or sooner and hopefully she will have some wisdom to share with you. Thank you for stopping by.

January 4, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Madeleine - Today’s Feng Shui grew out of two different schools, the FORM School and the COMPASS School. Each approach is authentic and respected.

Your question states that your fame space is in the south area. That would be based on the "Compass School" Feng Shui. I cannot comment on that practice. I studied “Form School” Feng Shui also called the Three-Gate School because the Bagua (3 x 3 grid) is oriented from the entrance, where Chi energy enters the environment through one of three sectors at the bottom of the grid. This is the type of Feng Shui I practice.

On the bagua - your fame / reputation space is the middle back 1/3 of your home. This area can be enhanced with great lighting, symbols of accomplishments, images of people you respect, symbols of your goals for the future. If you love the portrait of the peacock and - to you - it represents a bolder, brighter reputation then by all means put it in this area. Do it with intention. As you hang it and after, pause to visualize 'as if it were already so'. See your bolder, brighter reputation and what that represents for you.

Difficult to be specific without seeing the space, but I do hope this helps. Happy 2019.

January 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Wheeler

Sandra- What a wonderful response to Madeleine's questions. Even without seeing her space, you've given such valuable advice. Deepest gratitude.

January 5, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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