Don’t laugh, but I’m a huge believer in feng shui, the Chinese philosophy that teaches us how to create balance and harmony. Donald Trump uses it, airlines use it, heck, Oprah uses it, and the more I practice it, the more I wish I’d jumped on the bandwagon sooner. These last couple of weeks I’ve been embracing it in my bedroom and the results have been very rewarding; I feel more productive and inspired. There are a lot of feng shui tips floating around out there, but, as one student to another, I thought I would share a few of the ones that have worked well for me.
Get rid of the excess:
Clutter doesn‘t just impact your closet space, it also impacts your mental space. Take a few minutes and purge the clothes you haven’t worn in a year or two and other things you can live without. When you have a small space, anything extra makes it feel that much smaller. Clear desktops and bedside tables cluttered with papers, textbooks, or other projects. In the workspace, sometimes it’s really discouraging having a visual reminder of the things you have to get done, so instead make a list or write it in a planner.
Maybe in high school you liked to cover your walls with pictures torn out of magazines and posters of your favorite bands and singers, but a good tip for making your room seem bigger is to not hang up every single picture you own. Instead, pick a few to hang, or nix pictures altogether and try a good-sized mirror. In feng shui, mirrors rid space of negative energy and create a calm and refreshing mood. Plus, when you open the blinds and the sun shines through the window, the light will reflect off the glass, creating the illusion of a roomier space.
Try your luck at a green thumb:
For college students, plants are the easiest living things to care for next to fish. They clean the air and make your room a little less dreary and a lot more alive. Spider plants and ivy’s are easy to care for, but if you’re really doubting your ability to keep a plant alive, try a cactus or the notorious bamboo. Believe it or not, the type of plant you choose says a lot about you. Roses may indicate you care a lot about beauty, whereas if you kill a cactus, you know you’re less nurturing than a desert.
Try one or all of these tips, and see what happens. Sometimes just rearranging your room or changing the color of your bedding can help your mindset. The goal is to get yourself out of the unmotivated funk you’re in, so take a break and see what you could do differently to improve your state of mind.