Feng Shui Your Child's Room
Creating a calming space for your child.
Feng shui is for everyone. This ancient Chinese art of placement helps you to arrange your home so that your life is harmonious and your dreams are realized to their fullest. Whether you are young or old, lead a simple or extravagant lifestyle, are a homemaker or professional, live in a big house or small apartment, a traditional, contemporary, or eclectic style home, the benefits you'll reap from bringing feng shui into your life are many. When your surroundings nourish you and your children, your family will feel balanced and motivated.
Applying the principles of feng shui in your child's rooms can enhance imagination, learning ability, and confidence. Typically, your child uses the bedroom for sleeping, studying, and playing. Consequently, the room accumulates clutter very quickly. The excess creates unnecessary stimulation making it difficult for a child to sleep and to concentrate on homework. You must clear the room, closets, and bureaus of outgrown and unwanted clutter. Help your child decide which clothes, books, toys, and stuffed animals to give away or store. Explain that cleaning out the old stuff makes room for new things.
Below are 10 tips to help you get started:
- Lighting: Make sure the room has ample sunlight or uses full-spectrum bulbs. The corners should be well lit to avoid dark areas.
- See the sky: To fix an oppressive low ceiling, paint it light blue with white billowy clouds to imitate the sky. This image will encourage your child to dream and be imaginative.
- Strategy for space: If the room is too small, clear out large pieces of furniture such as armoires, bookcases, and desks because they create stagnant energy.
- Clear the air: Take down items that are hanging above your child's head. An abundance of mobiles, flying animals, and overflowing shelves create fear. Your child feels more secure when he is not concerned about items falling on his head.
- Sneaky storage: Build shelving inside chests, closets, and bookcases to organize your child's daily belongings. Use a round bin or hamper to store stuffed animals and toys.
- Art smart: Hang positive and happy artwork, and don't forget hand-made artwork your child is proud of!
- Calm color: The best colors to use in a child's room are light pastels such as green, blue, beige, pink, peach, lavender, cream, and tan. To soothe an overly stimulated child, add medium shades of blue. To motivate a quiet child, add a few accents in bright colors such as yellow, red, and orange.
- Growth: Create a bedroom that advances at the same rate as your child. Be mindful of the delicate balance between security objects such as stuffed animals and newer items that symbolize your child's present and future life.
- Self-confidence: Display school and extra-curricular accomplishments such as band, drama, and sports awards to give the child a sense of pride and self-esteem.
- Sleep tight: If their desk is inside the bedroom, cover the computer and work materials with a piece of fabric when they are not in use to create a calm night's sleep. Bright lights from electronics can interfere with a good night's sleep.
In addition, give your child the gift of a clutter-free room as a yearly birthday present or before the school year begins. Start a tradition of cleaning out their room the week before the big day. This way, on the day of their birthday, your child will have ample space for new toys, games, and clothes. It's a great way to teach any child to clear clutter, and it rewards the child with new items. To enliven the experience, dance, laugh, listen to music, and play throughout the cleaning process. Make it a celebration. You can also use the opportunity to talk about giving to those in need by donating toys and clothing to local charities.
Consider doing a clutter-clearing or cleaning before school starts to make room for new clothes, supplies, etc. Creating a "toy store" is a wonderful incentive for a child. Arrange excess games, toys, books, and stuffed animals that are not used daily on shelves in the garage. Don't have a garage? When your child wants a new toy, she can go out to the toy store and choose one. This is an inventive way to create good feng shui.
Jayme Barrett is the author of the best-selling book, Feng Shui Your Life. She leads workshops worldwide and is a frequent guest on TV. For more information, visit www.jaymebarrett.com.