Organize Your Office Space: Feng Shui (and Fun Stuff!)

With all the back to school ads featuring shiny happy kids and college students heading back to school with fun gear … we’ve been thinking … Why not celebrate “Back to work!” or “Loving my Home Office.”  Post-it, Scotch (the fabulous high heel tape dispenser) and stylish websites like seejanework.com are all ready to help you spruce up your space.

Once you’ve collected some motivating new goods the next step is creating order! We loved this break down of how to maximize the efficiency of your office using Feng Shui principles written by  for Buzzle.com.  We’ve done some editing… so click here for entire article.
Wind Chimes
The melodious sounds of a wind chime placed at the right corner cannot only improve your mood, but your career too. Wind Chimes promote the flow of positive energy, called ‘Chi’ in Feng Shui. Try to look for a beautiful metallic wind chime with 6 rods. Hang the wind chime with a 9 cm or inch long red ribbon.Positioning Your Furniture
Since we are talking about Feng Shui for career success, it inevitably relates to the position of furniture in your office. It is strictly advised against having your back to the entrance of your office or cabin. According to Feng Shui, it creates vibes such that your colleagues will inconspicuously work behind you for career development and you may miss out on many career opportunities as you may be oblivious to it. If it is absolutely unavoidable due to office arrangements, place a mirror in front of you such that the view behind is clearly visibly to you. Also, if your desk is directly in front of a window such that your back is towards it, it will create a vibe of insecurity and instability in your cabin for you. Hence, try to keep that window closed and block it by placing a huge rack or stand in front of it. Other forbidden places to position your desk as per Feng Shui are: next to the entrance, directly opposite a colleague or in a corner. These places create much distraction and prevent you from concentrating on your work and performing well. It is alright to sit facing a wall though. However, the best position would be to sit diagonally opposite to the door with a wall behind your back. This position keeps you informed and in control of events around you.

Maintain Your Place Clutter Free
Feng Shui always propagates keeping your area clean and clutter free. Never keep your table cluttered up with many little things. It is also very mentally distracting and blocks the flow of Chi and creates bad Feng Shui. More open space will help you realize more opportunities with the flow of vitality in to your space. Do not block space with piles of documents and files. When there is a need to keep them, attend to them as soon as you can and then dispose them off to the right cabinets outside your cabin or cubicle.

Office Interiors
If you want to hang a painting in your office, choose one that has a flock of birds or a wide lake. They have positive psychological effects on your mind. You can also keep a miniature replica of an airplane on your desk that will always motivate you to strive more and achieve higher career goals. Use blinds to reduce the intensity of natural sunlight filtering through your office. But, avoid using tube-lights or bulbs all the time. It is good to have some natural element in your office. Since Feng Shui is about wind and water, having an aquarium or fish tank can also help influence wealth accumulation positively. You must keep 8 dragon fish or gold-fish to encourage wealth to come in and 1 black fish to fight against all evil vibes, in your tank. Always clean it regularly. You can also have an odd number of gold-fish if you cannot find a black one. Decorate your aquarium with plants, gravel and white-gray rocks. It will create the perfect balance in the atmosphere. Place the fish tank near the entrance of your office to activate the chi. Eliminate any sick fish because it stimulates bad Chi. English ivy, ferns and bamboo plants are also good choices to keep in your office.

Feng Shui Ornaments
Citrine crystals at your home and the office will help attract wealth and also improves your self-esteem. Other Feng Shui for office are the three-legged toad to earn extra incentives, the rooster to save yourself from the office politics, the three I-Ching coins in your wallet to attract money to it and the Chi Lin unicorn for promotions.

When you place anything made of mud and earth, or are placing plants in your office, do not put a water source too. Together, water and mud can create a very bad combination harmful for your career. Also avoid earthy tones like yellow, brown and orange. Instead, use black and blue color tones in your office that are the colors of water in Feng Shui. Generally, the career area is in the north direction of your house or office. Use patchouli or cinnamon scented room fresheners or candles for your office. Offices are high-stress zones and you need to balance it out with Feng Shui that promotes a good vibe overall and creates an energetic environment. Also, you will keep bad energy at bay and become more productive.

OK ladies.. let us know if any of these work for you … we’re off to look for a three-legged toad!

Weekend DIY Flower Vase Project

Need an easy way to settle in to the weekend? How about this quick DIY Flower Vase Project? You’ll need a mason jar, a garden with some flowers for cutting (or let’s be honest, your local grocery store) and some non-toxic spray paint — we like Krylon H20 Latex.

1. Make sure the mason jar is clean and dry.

2. Lightly sand the mason jar so that the surface isn’t slick.

3. Wipe clean with a cloth.

4. Spray paint the outside of the glass. It will take about 15-minutes before you can touch it and about 1 hour before it’s fully dry.

5. Add water and fresh cut flowers!

Want more great DIY project ideas — check out one of our new fave blogs Design Sponge.

Smart Gal’s Flower Vase

How was the tax process for you? For us it was a reminder that we need to do a few more cool home projects, and save our hard-earned money! We loved this DIY vase or (pencil holder if you use a soup can) from Rebekah Birch’s blog, the Birch-way.com. She had a book project and was left with a grocery bag full of extra pages.

How To:

She covered a Trader Joe’s canister with one layer of full pages, then added smaller pieces to add texture and dimension. She used 1/2 Elmer’s and 1/2 water.

We are thinking this would also look good with orange Gerber daisies ;)

DIY Vertical Indoor Garden

Photo courtesy of Modish Blog.

Those old soda crates (think flea market, garage sale, attic, grandma’s house finds) are the perfect vessel for your next DIY project. Grow a vertical wall garden in your home (full of succulents that won’t require a lot of follow-up attention). The instructions and supplies needed are super easy:

Supplies: 

wooden soda crate, polyurethane coating (get this at a hardware store) about two dozen small succulents, succulent soil mix, green moss, chicken wire, some hardware to hang the thing, staple gun, scissors, wire cutters (for the chicken wire).

About three days before your DIY project you’ll need to polyurethane coat the interior of the box. Add the picture hanging hardware to the back of the box. Put soil in each little box of the soda crate. Add the chicken wire over the soil and staple gun in place. Add your succulents (put the small roots through the holes of the wire into the soil). Fill in the bare spots with moss into the netting (this will hold the succulents in place until their roots are sturdy enough). Leave the crate off the wall for a few days so the plants have some time to settle in the holes. Then go ahead and hang!

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