Recently, an acquaintance told me that he loved the idea of feng shui, but couldn’t possibly do it in his home. “I’ve got two dogs and three grandchildren! And I work at home!” I’ve also been told that feng shui isn’t “relevant” in a home with small children. On the other hand, a client was really stressed out because she was moving into an apartment that had a small bedroom, and she had no choice but to sleep facing mirrored closet doors (a feng shui no-no).

It’s no wonder when most people, if they have any familiarity with feng shui at all, associate it with strict rules and images of perfect, pristine homes.

If your expectation is to feng shui your space and arrive at endless peace, organization, and white minimalism – with a blooming orchid in every room – well, good luck. Feng shui is a process, a lifestyle, not a destination. The perceived obstacles that my friend described – children, pets, a home office – are not obstacles. They are reality. Life. Would a home be easier to keep without these things? Probably. But that doesn’t mean that feng shui, or working with the energy of a space, is not relevant. Energy is everywhere, regardless of your family or mess.

Once you let go of the idea that feng shui means perfection – constant neatness, zero clutter, or whatever my friend was imagining wasn’t possible in his home – then you can begin to think about how to improve your space. Anyone can clean up their front entry to welcome auspicious energy into their home. Anyone can arrange their bedroom in a way that creates a calming sleep environment. Anyone can invite more productivity into their home-based business by shifting the position of their desk.

Feng shui is an accessible, easy approach to working with the natural energies that surround you – and it is most certainly available and “relevant” to everyone.

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