Seven Feng Shui tips for organizing for the New Moon
New Moons are times when the energy shifts, opening the door for a new lunar month and a change of energy. Feng Shui is all about energy, and how to make changes in the environment to increase the flow of energy and to unblock stagnate areas. At this month’s New Moon in Leo, the fire energy of summer is emphasized. For many, we are still enjoying or suffering through some pretty hot weather. For others, this is a time when we begin to notice the subtle changes that remind us the seasons are ready to shift. Nights are growing longer and days are shorter. There are some simple changes and steps you can take to prepare your home to make the most of the new lunar cycle that is starting.
Sweep the floors
Sweep and clean the floors. Summer is a time when we go in and out a lot. The floors and rugs really take a beating. Sweeping is one of the best ways to keep the energy of home clear. A daily sweeping at the entrances of your home, is one of the most potent Feng Shui tools. Sweeping keeps the negative energy and debris from piling up in your home. Make a habit of doing a daily sweep of the main rooms and entrances. Vacuum regularly, especially if there are pets in the home. Wash the floors regularly too, at least once a month.
Clear out clutter, recycling, and trash
Empty trash, recycling, and all types of clutter. At least once a season (summer, fall, winter, spring) clear out closets, cupboards, garages, workshops, and basements. Avoid letting clutter and recycling pile up in storage. Gather it and get rid of it immediately. Monthly, clean all surfaces, sinks, tubs, toilets, and appliances thoroughly. Weekly do a overall clearing of surfaces and clean off all counters and table tops. Daily put things away. Before moving on to a new activity, clean up from the one that is being finished. Before going to bed, get the dishes done. Take out the trash, garbage, and recycling daily. Avoid letting it pile up in the house. Not only is it unsanitary, it also blocks energy and keeps it from flowing freely. Clutter depletes energy from the environment and from those who live in the home.
Change the linens
Change the linens. At the new moon, change the bed linens and sweep out from under the bed. Change the kitchen and bathroom linens as well. Get blankets and covers washed and put away. Having fresh linens gets the new lunar month off to a fresh start. Taking care of linens monthly helps remind you of seasonal changes that need to be made. Get rid of what is no longer needed; get ready for what will be.
Take 10 to get 10
Take 10 to get 10. Take 10 minutes to gather ten items in the house that are taking up space, not being used, or are broken and beyond repair. Put the items in a bag or box, and take to the car. Before the end of the day, take a trip to the recycling center, and get rid of any clutter or recycling that you have been meaning to get rid of. This frees both physical and mental space in your house, and frees the energy attached to unused, unwanted items. This is a good practice to get into. It helps keep clutter from building up.
Honor the place of nourishment in the home
In Feng Shui, the kitchen is one of the most important areas to maintain. Assuring that the kitchen is clean and that energy is flowing in all the right directions, assures the family’s health, wealth, and prosperity. Make the kitchen and food a priority, especially at times like the new moon. Clean out the refrigerator. New Moon times are great times for cleaning out the refrigerator. Start the new lunar month with a clean, fresh, organized fridge. Get rid of any food in the kitchen (fridge, cupboards, panty) that is out of date or not being used by the family. Prepare a nice fresh salad and a special dish to celebrate the start of a new month. You may choose to have a picnic or barbeque outside. Make meals special. Prepare nutricious, attractive, and appetizing meals, using seasonally fresh produce and foods that quell the warm, firey energy of the summer. Make some refreshing herbal iced teas, garden salads, or cold soups like Gazpacho. Serve a summer menu featuring fresh produce from the garden (corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, and greens). Nourishing ourselves and our families is one of the most crucial aspects of the home’s energy system. Good Feng Shui practices depend on honoring not only where we store and prepare food, but the food itself and the manner and place where we eat that food. Think of meals as sacred time.
Bring music into your home
Fill your life with music. Music is one of the most potent tools for healing and soothing. Spend time during the waning days of the summer and during the new moon cycle to play beautiful music. Sing and dance. Play instruments. Chant. Have a sing-a-long and jam with friends and family. Let music fill your home, and let it help you find some peace and serenity as you take in the energy of the New Moon.
Change things up
Change routines, mix things up a bit. Boredom and routine can eat up energy and block the flow of action, ideas, and life. Notice where you may be trapped in dulling, life-killing routines, and make some simple, subtle changes. For example, if you go through the same daily routine when you wake up in the morning, add a new piece to your routine. Take a short walk before your first cup of tea or coffee. Take five minutes to write in a journal, or spend five minutes meditating in the morning and evening. Add something that is life affirming to your daily routine. Break out of habitual behavior that is not life affirming. Add some healthy habits to your routine, and replace some unhealthy ones. Instead of plopping down in front of the t.v. or computer in the afternoon, get out and take a walk or go for a bike ride. Instead of engaging in mind-numbing activities, take your sketch book or camera and go look for something beautiful or interesting to draw or shoot. Change up the energy in the way you live, especially at threshold times like the new moon.