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Feng Shui Office Makeover by Carol Olmstead


Feng Shui Emporium Welcomes Carol M. Olmstead

feng-shui-office.jpgFeng Shui Office Makeover

Whether you work in a cubicle, a corner suite, or telecommute from home, a Feng Shui office or workplace makeover can help you feel more secure and happy in your workspace and improve job satisfaction and productivity. Your office should provide a place to nurture and grow your career, but all too often the typical office is filled with hard objects and noise, including computers, bright florescent lighting, metal filing cabinets and desks, cubicles, and ringing phones. All of this creates strain, tension, irritability, and feelings of isolation instead of support and comfort. The good news is that Feng Shui can help. Here are five quick fixes you can make to give your workspace a Feng Shui makeover.


Issue: Your desk is in the wrong location.

Quick Fix: The most auspicious location for a desk is positioned diagonally across from the door. When you sit with your back to the entrance of a room you can't see what’s behind you, making you vulnerable to being "caught off guard" by your competitors, clients, or colleagues. Things go on “behind your back.” If you can't relocate your desk, hang a mirror in front of you or place a reflective object on your desk to create a rear-view mirror.


Issue: Your desk is the wrong size.

Quick Fix: A desk that is too small for the work to be done makes you feel that your ambitions and aspirations are restricted, while a desk that is too large makes you feel that you are not up to the challenge of the work. Choose the appropriate size work surface for the job you have to do. Make sure you have enough room to spread out, create, and expand.


Issue: Your desktop is cluttered.

Quick Fix: In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward. When you have so many files and piles of papers that can't see your desktop, it's hard to concentrate on your work. Clear clutter and store only necessary papers on your desk. Invest in file cabinets and use colorful folders and wicker baskets to contain the rest of your paperwork.


Issue: There are sharp corners pointed at you.

Quick Fix: In Feng Shui, the edges of walls pointing at you are called "poison arrows” because they send harsh energy toward you, making you feel uncomfortable, threatened, or insecure. The best way to fix this problem is to place something between you and the sharp edge to block its negative energy. Good things to use include furniture, a healthy plant, soft fabric draped over the edge of the wall, or molding.


Issue: You work under fluorescent lighting.

Quick Fix: Fluorescent lights represent the Feng Shui Metal Element that can be too hard and cutting when it comes at you from overhead. Plus fluorescents can cause headaches, eyestrain, and a whole lot of stress. Whenever you can, turn off overhead fluorescent lights and take advantage of natural daylight instead, or use desk and floor lamps. If you can't turn off the overheads, replace them with full spectrum light bulbs that simulate daylight and make you feel more comfortable.


Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, author, and speaker who has taught thousands of clients, students, and readers the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives. For more than 15 years, Carol has practiced a contemporary version of Feng Shui that honors the essence of its Chinese heritage, but focuses on the practical applications for our culture today. She works with clients nationally and internationally, both on-site and by remote consultation. Carol is author of two book, the 365 Feng Shui Secrets e-book, and the award-winning Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office – Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love, available at Feng Shui Emporium.

Connect with Carol at our Feng Shui Directory.