"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Feng Shui for Westerners: Having a Harmonious Living Space #Simple Living in Practice


It is almost Chinese New Year, so I wanted to share a Chinese Simple Living idea with you. It is call Feng Shui which is the art of arranging a living space in a way that will promote the most health, prosperity, and strong personal relationships.

I learned about Feng Shui years ago when I sold real estate while I was in graduate school. I was selling a condominium complex and people from China and Japan would often comment about how good the Feng Shui of the property was… not knowing what they were talking about I had to agree that it was a most pleasing location: right on a river, most units faced South and had sunlight all day… yes, the Feng Shui was wonderful.

So what I'm trying to say is that you don't have learn the technicality of Feng Shui in order to take some advice from it's principles and beliefs. Here are a few.

1)  Eliminate clutter. Clutter stagnates the energy of your home. When my home is in disarray I feel confused and disoriented. It is harder to make decisions when I can't find things I need. If you are trying to get out of the door, not being able to find your stuff stagnates you for sure… So get rid of the things in your house that you aren't using, and make a "place" for the things that you keep, so you don't waste time trying to find them.

2) Don't start to cook until your kitchen is clean. Bad energy will go into your food and it won't be as nourishing. The process of preparing a meal creates mess, and if you already have a mess in your kitchen you are just going to make it worse. It is harder to find the right ingredients and have the room to prepare the food well… so yes, the meal will not come out as good, and that can't be as healthy for you as a meal that was prepared without stress in a clean organized environment.

3) Bedrooms are for sleeping and sex only. Having a TV, computer or even worse.. your work space in your bedroom does not promote relaxation. Studies have been done over the years that show that the light from TVs and especially from computer screens can off set your circadian rhythm, making it harder for you to have quality sleep. Seeing your work space, and what you need still to do before you go to bed is detrimental to good rest… You are literally sleeping with your work. So, pack up the electronics and the desk and move them out of the bedroom.

If you are interested in learning more about Feng Shui I found the following books very interesting:


  1. I love this Diane! Feng Shui is something I want to read more about, and incorporate more into our home. We have so much clutter, but I also feel like I'm always getting rid of things. I don't know where it all comes from! As for the kitchen, I couldn't agree more. It bothers me to no end when I don't have the counter space to cook because it's a mess.

    1. Really interested... some the ideas are strange to a Westerner, but I find it fascinating.


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