Feng Shui Tips for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and soon we will begin to turn our  attention to decorating our homes for the Holidays. Below are some tips to help you make the most of your holiday decor from a Feng Shui perspective. 

Carefully choose what you display.
Christmas decorations are brightly colored.  Whatever our eyes see, our brain processes.  Items that are red, shiny, and colorful will attract our eye and can make a space feel cluttered. Clutter in turn makes us feel overwhelmed and disorganized.  To help with this situation remember you do NOT have to display each and every holiday decoration you own. Choose your favorite ones and either box up, purge, or save the others for next year.  Remember to only live with what you love and display items that bring happy memories or associations.
Consider a “Theme” for the season.
If you have a LOT of holiday ornaments and decorations that you love,
(I know I do) consider choosing a “theme” for the season.  In other words, rotate your ornaments and decorations from year to year.  You could choose a color scheme (red and green, silver and gold, etc.) or a category like angels, nature or Santa Claus, and for that theme you would only display items that fall into that category.  This way your decorations will not seem chaotic nor will they compete with each other for attention.  This year my theme is angels and the color gold.  I am really enjoying the simplicity of seeing this theme on my tree and in my decor.  Give it a try and have fun with it!
Don’t let your every day decor detract from your holiday decor
Give it a rest by putting it in the boxes that you have emptied for your holiday decorations.  Place photographs, knick knacks, and other every day decor in those boxes while you have your holiday items displayed. The house will seem more orderly and you won’t have other objects competing for attention.  Plus, it is always nice to take a break from our every day decor and welcome it when we take it out again.  You may even decide after a month’s absence that you don’t even need or want it after all!
Purge your old ornaments and decorations.
As you get out your decorations, have an extra box or bag readily available for ornaments or decor that you no longer want, love, use or need.  Give them to an office, school, or a charity, and give yourself extra room for storage.  The end of the year is a great time to purge to allow for the energy of the New Year to come!
Have a Feng Shui Consultation!
Many of us will be entertaining guests over the next few weeks.  It is a wonderful time to have a Feng Shui Consultation to help you create a space that feels as good as it looks.

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless http://www.sandiegofengshui.com


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