There’s no need to always go to great lengths to bring your space some good vibes. Sometimes just small adjustments can make a huge difference. Perhaps you're in a temporary living situation like I am, where any redecorating options are limited.
My husband has taken a job out of state and we are in temporary housing until we find a home. It has been a huge wakeup call to me, reminding me that good Feng Shui doesn’t have to be a huge in-depth process. I find that I always want to help clients reach their goals and make huge strides in their life. However, sometimes you just need the energy of the space to be uplifted a bit. Sometimes you just need a small tweak. There’s a time for major adjustments later.
Below have been some of my favorite tweaks that we’ve employed during this transition. Perhaps they'll help you if you're ever in our situation.
Candles – Lighting scented candles has been huge at setting the mood. In the evenings in our apartment it doesn’t feel cozy and relaxing as we only have rented furniture. Everything looks and feels foreign and it almost feels like we’ve been in a hotel for months. Lighting candles gives the space a beautiful, relaxing glow and helps us decompress in the evenings without being surrounded by our favorite décor.
Plants – Our apartment has white walls with very little artwork which provides little to look at and enjoy. I knew this would be especially bothersome. I also knew that introducing plenty of the wood element of Feng Shui would be important so I brought some of our favorite plants from home. Our jade plant and peace lily are spending time in the apartment with us and they both seem to be doing well. Plants really help you connect to a space and having two of our favorites has been helpful.
Music – Playing some relaxing music is huge at altering the mood. It’s providing for a relaxing dinner each evening where my husband and I can connect after busy schedules and these days we're especially enjoying time together.
Textures – Our temporary living situation involves rented furniture. The colors, patterns, and styles are not what we would select. When we sit down to relax on the weekend, it just feel different, not like our cozy comfortable furniture at home. To improve this feeling, I brought a few of our favorite throws to drape across the back of the chair, our favorite toss pillows from home were added to the sofa. One of our favorite colorful lamps from home was brought here too. Introducing the colors and textures we are familiar with has made a huge shift.
This temporary living situation certainly has offered challenges, however, we're having fun and it also has reminded us of simpler times. When we only had a small place, only had a few pieces of clothing to select from and, only had a couple pots and pans. I will point out that most of all we're both missing all of our books!!! Hopefully the right home that is meant for us becomes available soon, but this definitely has been an excellent reminder of making simple adjustments to improve the energy of the space.