I have spent the last year getting my house in order. I’ve reduced clutter and parted with things that I’ve been saving for god-knows-what.
Marie Kondo says, “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.” Honestly, I didn’t place each knickknack over my heart as she instructs and thank each item for serving its purpose. My method was ordering a dumpster delivered to my driveway and tally up the steps on my apple watch, walking to and from the house filling it. Either way, I realized, would make my home a place where every nook and cranny was an inviting place to curl up with a good book.
And with all this extra space, I have room for a king-size bed for the first time ever! Almost everything else has a new home, but I decided to keep my bed in the same place. It just “felt right.”
I did a little research, and it turns out you will have various advantages if your bed sits in a certain way.
For instance, a west-facing bed signals contentment. So, when your bed faces west, you create the best conditions for a good night’s sleep. But contentment can also bring laziness and lack of motivation, so facing this direction might not be the best idea if you have big dreams and goals.
The head of my bed has always been East. I kept it that way because I found that it represents creativity and the start of absolutely everything ambitious. It promotes determination and growth and a soaring career. No wonder I like sleeping that way!
There’s much more to this Feng Shui theory, but even the basics make sense to me. It’s probably why I feel more “at home” or “happy” or “rested,” depending on where I spend those glorious 8 hours each day.
With practically zero understanding of yin and yang and Feng Shui, I can 100% say this. I feel calmer, less stressed, and a bazillion times happier living with more space and less stuff filling it.
If you want more inner peace and you’re not ready for a dumpster, start by having a tag sale. Trust me, it feels amazing.