Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat, a time for new beginnings, creativity, diligence, and positivity.

Based on a 12-year repeating cycle, the Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 different animals. The rat is the very first of all of these animals, signalling that the cycle is beginning again and making 2020 the perfect year for a fresh start.

If your fresh start means moving house in 2020, we recommend looking to the ancient Chinese practise of Feng Shui to harmonise both your moving process and your new home.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is a traditional Chinese custom that instructs you on how to arrange the objects around you in order to create the most harmonious environment.

Feng Shui centres around the five elements: water, fire, wood, earth, and metal. Each of these elements attracts or deflects certain energies, with a combination of all five necessary for a truly balanced space.

Feng Shui When Moving House

Moving home can be very disruptive when it comes to Feng Shui. There are a few important things you can do to keep the energy of your home balanced while you move.

  • Clean and clear – Since 2020 and the Year of the Rat is all about new beginnings, you should make space for everything new and fresh when you move. Clear out anything you no longer need or that carries bad memories or negative energy. You don’t want to bring any of this with you to your new home.

  • Be prepared – Stress is detrimental to good Feng Shui so try to be as prepared for your move as possible. Have everything packed the day before you move house, with everything you need for the move left in an accessible place. Try to stay calm and happy so you don’t bring any negative energy with you.

  • A harmonious moving day – Avoid a tough moving day by prepping your new home in advance. Flowers and music are important to Feng Shui, as is dressing in bright colours to attract positive energy. Another Chinese custom is to bring your new house a decorative gift.

Bad House Feng Shui

After moving in to your new home, it’s important to look out for some key features that could be ruining your Feng Shui.

Make sure you get rid of any:

  • Dust

  • Exposed nails

  • Broken features or floorboards

  • Broken windows or doors

  • Exposed beams

  • Leaks

  • Dead plants

If there’s anything you can’t get rid of (or you just like your new exposed beams!) you can always add a ‘Feng Shui cure’ to negate any bad energy. Plants, bright colours, and peaceful sounds can all help to work against bad Feng Shui.

How to Use Feng Shui in Your New Home

Once your new space is prepared and free of any energy traps, you can move your furniture in and arrange it for good Feng Shui.

Make sure you don’t have any clutter that could act as a blockage to the flow of energy around your home, especially around your front door and hallway. Avoid putting your bed beneath a window or in a position that will cause your feet to point towards the door. Fill your kitchen with brightly coloured fruits and plants to make it the heart of your home.

Water is a particularly powerful element in the Year of the Metal Rat so you might want to introduce a water feature or aquarium into your new house. You don’t have to use real water though, even images and paintings of water can help to bring good energy.

One way to avoid stress while moving into your new home is to let the experts do all the hard work for you. TFM’s dedicated removals team has years of experience and even offers an expert packing service so you can relax on moving day and look forward to new beginnings in your new home.

TFM can also help when it comes to decluttering. Our storage services help you free up space for good Feng Shui without losing meaningful belongings for good.

Whether you need help with moving home or storing possessions while you move, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or get a quote. We can’t wait to help you create a peaceful and harmonious new home for the new year.