6 Feng Shui Tips to Spring Clean Your Home for CNY 2022
With the vibrant red and gold decorations everywhere, the red envelopes and parades, and the overall festive vibe, you know that Chinese New Year is upon us. But, of all the traditions, deep cleaning, known as dà sǎo chú, is probably the highlight of our preparations in the days leading up to CNY.
As far as traditions go, it’s good luck to welcome the New Year with a clean home. A thorough cleaning empties your home of the bad luck of the past year and makes room for all things good in the new one. It’s during this time when we give our homes an extensive cleanup. We wipe all the surfaces clean and ditch any broken appliances and furnishings.
Everyone would be busy getting ready for CNY, some may even call for professional help like laundry services. But, whatever the case is for you, there is a right way to spring clean your home according to Feng Shui
How to Spring Clean Your Home the Feng Shui Way
1. Clear your front door and entryway
Your home attracts its qi (pronounced as chi; means good or bad life energy) through the front door. So, it’s essential that your entryway—from the porch to your door—is clean and vibrant to attract a better quality of qi. Keep it from any clutter including loose shoes and umbrellas and sweep the floor daily with a broom to ensure that good luck can enter your home without any obstacles.
2. Clean your windows
In Feng Shui, the windows are referred to as the eyes of the house—when dirty, you may not be able to see the world as clearly as you should. Function-wise, it’s similar to doors by letting bad energy out and good energy in. Therefore, these openings must be clean and bright. Clean your window sills, frames, and glasses to remove all the dirt, dust, and grime that has settled over time.
3. wash your curtains
You can also book a curtain laundry service to save time washing your curtains. Another reason you should opt for this professional service is that although your window treatments are made of washable fabric, they could still get damaged in the wash. The same is true for curtains with elaborate decoration and which are better dry-cleaned.
4. ventilate your home
After cleaning your windows, leave them open for a while to let sunlight and fresh air in. Good ventilation helps create a healthier environment by expelling a build-up of pollutants, moisture, bacteria, and unpleasant odours. In Feng Shui, it’s also a way to encourage a good flow of energy. You’ll be surprised how as simple as opening your windows can dramatically freshen up your space.
Clearing the clutter is also a crucial step towards having good Feng Shui. Otherwise, it could block the flow of positive energy in your home. For starters, get rid of any broken items that are beyond repair or any expired products such as food, toiletries, and cosmetics. For clothes you no longer wear and items you no longer use, consider selling or donating them.
6. clean from top to bottom
Don’t forget to give your home some good scrubbing—from top to bottom, inside and out. It’s easy to miss the things above our heads like the ceiling, fans, and lights, and those that we keep inside the cabinets and drawers. But, cleaning this way will ensure that no area is left unturned.
While you can spring clean your home any time of year, we have become accustomed to doing it in preparation for the Chinese New Year and for a good reason. It allows us to make room in our homes for everything new this year.
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