I recently decided to redecorate my home according to the principles of the Feng Shui. My goal is to clean my home, clear clutter, and eliminate negative energy. After starting in my Master Bedroom, I moved on to my office, which contains the East, Northeast, and North portions of my home.
The East area covers Family, an important aspect in my life. The Northeast area covers Knowledge with an emphasis on education and learning. The North area focuses on Career.
Unfortunately, I don’t own my own home, so making major changes is difficult. Even painting an accent wall is not an option for a renter like me. Likewise, I don’t have extra money to spend on expensive upgrades. I plan to incorporate Feng Shui in my home on a small budget. Below are the upgrades I made to my office for less than $10.00.
Family Photo Shrine
(3) 4 x 6 prints and (1) 5 x 7 print from Wal-Mart (including shipping)-$0.91
1 English Ivy Plants-$1.66
I had an assortment of family photos and I removed from the Master bedroom (where pictures should be of the couple only) that needed a new home. I ordered prints from Wal-Mart to fit in unused pictures frames, including three containing the word “Family.”
I placed a plant and a wooden box on a storage container beneath the photos as a family shrine. The box holds items that are significant to my family, and each person chose two or three items to add to the box. My son placed a first place medal from a soccer tournament. My husband placed a matchbox from his favorite restaurant where he took me on a date early in our relationship. I added a pin I received in 7th grade for a short story that was published.
Every day when I water this plant I take a look at the pictures of my family and the accomplishments in our shrine and say a quick thank you for the wonderful people in my life.
Indoor Water Fountain
Ordered online from Wal-Mart.com shipped to the store
One corner of my office is also in the North or Career section of my home. I moved my large bookshelf here and prominently displayed the books I own about writing, as well as my notebooks full of stories I want published.
Water is the main element of the Career section and is supposed to run 24/7. I purchased a small fountain online through Wal-Mart.com. I placed the fountain on the bookshelf as a decorative touch next to an author I admire.
I decorated the wall behind the bookshelf with papers of inspiration, including words of encouragement and wisdom I’ve saved over the years, and copies of rejections and publications I’ve received. My goals line the bottom of this wall of inspiration, surrounded by pictures of items I want to own and accomplishments I want to achieve. These pages have been scattered across my office before, on bulletin boards and tucked in overflowing drawers. Now finally they are all in one central location on the wall of my Career section!
Total Cost- Zero Dollars
If you read my article about the transformation of my master bedroom you’ll remember how my husband turned an old, broken dresser into a new bookshelf for me. I put my new bookshelf in the Northeast corner of my office and filled it with my self-help books. I lined the bottom with my cookbooks and added two pictures from my recent college graduation. I even displayed my diploma for the first time.
Earth is the main element of the Northeast, including stone, sand, and ceramic. I used two graduation statues as bookends and added a couple of jars of sand I’ve collected from the beach over the years. Fire is the secondary element, so my incense burner is now front and center on my new bookshelf.
I rearranged my desk, pulling it out from a corner alcove. I now have my back to the wall and face out into the room with an awesome view of the large window as well as the rest of the room. I can view both my family photo shrine and my wall of career accomplishments from my new vantage point which just might be my favorite part about my new office.
I started my Feng Shui journey to reap the benefits of an organized space and relax in the comfort of a peaceful space. For less than $10.00, I am enjoying the view of my new office, while adding to the Career, Knowledge, and Family areas in my life. Here’s to experiencing Feng Shui on a budget…and loving it!