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A quick guide to Feng Shui for the Dragon year

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Feng Shui is the art of placement in accordance with geomancy principles to encourage more positive energies in your environment.The Electrolux Z531 Purity air cleaner is an easy to use appliance that greatly improves the quality of the air in any room.

Originating in China, Feng Shui is the art of improving one’s life via arranging the environment to best allow positive energy into it. Some believe good Feng Shui brings good luck, while others attribute its benefits to the simple matter of an improved environment having a positive psychological effect on its inhabitants.

Regardless, the fact remains that the practice has survived the millennia to affect the interior decorating decisions of many Asians today. Whether you believe in the benefits of practicing Feng Shui or not, if you are looking for a fresh start to the new year, there’s no harm in trying out some basic principles for living in harmony with the elements.

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The Chinese traditionally perform spring cleaning before Chinese New Year as clutter is never a good thing in Feng Shui. Clutter tends to consist of old items we should let go and can trap bad energy in areas where there is a build-up. If you need help cleaning out hard to reach corners, the Electrolux UltraOne with its variety of on-board nozzles is compact and versatile enough to reach any spot or crevice.

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter,  you may have the space to move objects around. Determining the optimum placement of objects and colours for your home may vary from year to year depending on which zodiac animal was presiding in the year you were born in. There are online calculators that can help you determine your presiding zodiac animal and element. Each combination has its own favourable direction to face for different activities such as working or sleeping.

Generally in 2012, the west sector is one of the luckiest as that’s where the wealth star resides this year. Colours which evoke the fire element such as yellow, orange, red and pink should be placed there. Don’t overdo it, however, and do place some earth colours like brown and green to balance the energy out.

On the other hand, the Southeast is where challenging energies are gathering. It is advisable to move any work-related items like desks and personally significant items away from the area. Avoid any renovation or building work in the Southeast area this year. If moving of these items is not possible, place metal element colours like white or gray there, preferably round objects.

To further improve the energy in your home overall, a good amount of light and air should be let in as much as possible. Keep windows open and have air purifying plants around. The Electrolux Z531 Purity air cleaner is an ideal appliance to have in ensuring good, clean air in a room.

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Whether you wish to practice Feng Shui for luck or just for its psychological benefits, there’s no denying a good clean up and the creation of light and space in your home is a good thing.  Here’s wishing you a prosperous and happy New Year ahead!

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