If you ever wanted to talk about toilets on this blog, today’s your day!
Got this text from my Auntie who asked if I’d ever shared something like this on the site before, of which I could confidently tell her no – I had not, lol…
But that changes today ;)
Here’s her text that opened up my eyes in more ways than one:
She then sent me an article to prove that she’s not crazy:
But of course, I had to research this for myself, and before I knew it I was flushed even deeper into the dark secrets of financial feng shui’ness!
Why the toilet bowl fascination?
“The toilet holds a downward spiraling energy. When you close the lid, you are protecting chi (energy) from going down and away from you…
Listen to the language of our world and don’t “flush away” your finances. It’s also a good idea to tie red ribbons on the pipes behind the toilet, with the intention of protecting your finances once and for all.” – MindBodyGreen.com
Who knew! But there’s a lot more to this stuff than just potties…
Here’s a list of a half dozen other tips I found while poking around this morning… A great way to expand your mind, if nothing else ;) (And honestly, whether you believe in this stuff or not, if it gets you to manage your own money better then so be it! Just be prepared for what happens when the lids get stuck! Haha…)
Money Flowing Feng Shui Tips:
#1. Clean your stove — The stove represents “abundance,” so it’s good to always keep it clean and rotate the burners so you “open up more channels of opportunity.”
#2. Fix leaks in your house — “Water in feng shui represents two things: (1) money and (2) your emotions… When you fix something in your home, you are fixing it in your life. You don’t want your money leaking out, do you?” – MindBodyGreen.com (Coincidentally, the more leaks you have, the more money you’re also spending on water bills ;) So it really is smart!)
#3. Create a strong front door! — “Creating a strong front door is important, because your house needs it in order to be able to attract Wealth Chi. The front door is called the Mouth of Chi in feng shui, and its strength and auspicious energy are important to a good feng shui house.” – TheSpruce.com (Also recommended: not keeping trash or recycle bins around the front door, getting rid of empty pots (or filling them with plants!), and then keeping the hinges squeak-free for “better balance and harmony”…)
#4. Keep your house decluttered — So you can attract, and *keep*, the energy of wealth! Not to mention better piece of mind, ease on finding stuff faster, less money out the window on more “stuff,” and thousands of other non-feng shui-related benefits ;) The power of minimalism, baby!
#5. Remove dead flowers and branches from your house — “Dead or dried flowers or branches represent dead chi – they are the worst thing to have in your home.” – LearnVest.com)
#6. Decorate your house with symbols of wealth — Like bamboo, fountains, fish symbols, “wealth crystals”, and then a number of colors that signify money as well like gold and purple.
#7. And then lastly, make sure your “money area” is prepared! — “Typically, this is your home office where you manage finances and other work. You will want to include elements like wood, which represent money and wealth. The color blue and pictures of rivers, lakes, and oceans represent water, which nourishes the wood. You can also use mirrors, plants, and small icons that symbolize prosperity.” – TheSpruce.com
And that’s just the tip of the feng shui iceberg… If I had another 1,300 hours I’d list out all the other tips you could dig up, but for now you’ll just have to be good with front doors and toilet bowls :)
And turns out I actually lied up there to y’all! We HAVE talked about feng shui and finances before on this site! 10 years ago! –> “Is Your Home “Making” You Spend Money?” I guess I had blocked it out after all these years due to the colorful commentary, haha…
Here was my favorite from Bridget:
“Seriously? You always have such great posts, what’s with the voodoo garbage you’re hocking today? Maybe after we all feng shui our homes, we can pray to Jesus for money. If he’s broke this month we’ll ask Buddha.”
(Much funnier to read now than back then ;))
But she has somewhat of a point.
You can feng shui your house all you want, but without the most important ingredient, ain’t nothing going to save your finances no matter how you re-arrange your place. And I think you know what that is:
Using feng shui to get your mind and energy flowing right is great, but just make sure you’re tacking on some good ol’ fashion budgeting and investing along with it. Unfortunately there really isn’t any substitution for it, as much as we wish otherwise!!
So big thanks for the fun digression today, Auntie, but I’ll be sticking to my trusty FIRE path as it’s continued to flow just fine for me over the years ;) You can bet that I’ll now think of you every time I go to use the bathroom though! Haha…
This post was originally shared in 2018, but had to bring it back in case anyone’s looking for something to do while stuck at home ;) A cleaner place = a cleaner mind at the very least, so you really can’t go wrong either way! See how many of those items you can check off and let us know what happens!