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14 Easy Tips That Will Help You Be Happier In Your Home

Feng shui expert Anjie Cho teaches us how to make your apartment work for you.

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What is feng shui and why is it important?

Feng shui looks at how energy (also called chi) moves through your home. If there is an area where the chi is moving too quickly or is stuck then that can represent either an area where you're stuck in your life or things that you need to improve on.

There are two ways to look at your apartment. You can think, This is just my apartment — or you can look at it as an ecosystem, an environment that affects you. If you choose to look at it the second way, then feng shui can help you achieve good energy and a space that will get you over your energy funk — and it's easier than you'd think. We asked feng shui expert Anjie Cho to show us how.

1. Make sure your entranceway reflects who you are — it's how energy comes into your home.

"Your door represents how opportunities come to you. It's where energy comes into your home," Cho tells BuzzFeed Life. "That's why it's so important that it reflects you." It's also important that you have a clear number or name written somewhere. "If you don't have anything on your door it may stop people from being able to find you," Cho says. If possible, try not to crowd the door. "Make your entry look nice, because it's your face to the world. Have a clean and positive doormat for clean and positive energy."

2. Install a headboard to the base of your bed because it represents stability and support.

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Cho recommends that it be solid and attached directly to your bed. "The material doesn't matter as much. But in general skip headboards with bars or perforations as they can make you feel imprisoned."

3. Create balance around your bed.

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Your bed should be open on both sides to allow for a balanced space for both people sleeping in it, Cho says; that way, no one feels like they're trapped against the wall. It's also important to have equal-sized nightstands so you both have space for belongings. "If you sleep alone, this is just as important, because if you crowd your bed, you're telling the world, 'I don't have room for anything new.'"

4. And don't store anything underneath it, because it can cause subconscious blocks.

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"It's good to have room for air to flow underneath where you're sleeping," Cho says. "If you have to have storage, it's good to have soft things. Don't put anything emotionally heavy under your bed." So maybe stash that box of your ex's stuff in the closet or the trash?

5. Maybe kick your pet out of your bed.

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Some feng shui experts say your pet shouldn't sleep in your bed. "If you're sharing your bed then it's possible it is physically coming in between you and your loved one," Cho says. If your loved one is your pet, it may be even more important. "If your pet is taking up the energy in the bed, it's taken up the place of a partner for you." But of course, if it's working for you and you love your little one, leave him be.

6. Raise your art high up on the wall for higher energy levels.

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Also try stacking books on your shelves vertically if you have the space. "If they're horizontal it says that you probably aren't reading them and if you're not reading them then maybe free up that space?"

7. Be mindful of which direction your furniture is facing.

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If your couch is situated so that your back is to the door, your subconscious will naturally be fearful, Cho says. If you face toward the door, you will be more at rest. And if possible, try to make your room as open as possible. It will make it more inviting and people will want to stay longer. Cho rearranged BuzzFeed photo editor Lauren Zaser's living room furniture above to reflect these principles.

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If your couch is situated so that your back is to the door, your subconscious will naturally be fearful, Cho says. If you face toward the door, you will be more at rest. And if possible, try to make your room as open as possible. It will make it more inviting and people will want to stay longer. Cho rearranged BuzzFeed photo editor Lauren Zaser's living room furniture above to reflect these principles.

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If your couch is situated so that your back is to the door, your subconscious will naturally be fearful, Cho says. If you face toward the door, you will be more at rest. And if possible, try to make your room as open as possible. It will make it more inviting and people will want to stay longer. Cho rearranged BuzzFeed photo editor Lauren Zaser's living room furniture above to reflect these principles.

8. Move your desk away from walls and don't situate it in line with the door.

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"When you're in line with the door you have a wave of rushing energy coming right at you," Cho says — meaning that if the flow of whatever comes through the door is in line with your desk, it can wear you down over time because your subconscious is constantly tense. Cho also recommends not facing a wall if possible. "It's better to be able to look into a room or out the window. If you must face a wall, try hanging expansive photos to help feel like you have more space."

9. Keep all wires away from your bed.

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Cho recommends not having any electronic cords within 5 feet of your bed — even an alarm clock. Instead go for a battery-powered alarm clock on your nightstand or nothing at all. "The wavelengths from your phone and other electronics are not good for you and can disrupt your sleep, so it's better if they're not anywhere near you," she says.

10. Make sure your door can open all the way to let opportunity in.

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When your door can't completely open — or at least open 90 degrees — that means that you're stopping the amount of energy that can come into your space, as shown by Cho above. "As with your front door, it's important to allow all opportunities to be able to find you."

11. Leave the clutter if it doesn't bother you, but organize it if it does.

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Clutter can sometimes represent blocked energy, so in that way it can be harmful. Physically, clutter has a kind of sticky energy feel and can attract more. If it's creating guilt and shame, clean it out. "When you start to create space, the universe will want to fill the vacuum and you'll get something much better." But if you're feeling OK about it, leave it. "Sometimes what seems like clutter to someone else isn't clutter to you."

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Clutter can sometimes represent blocked energy, so in that way it can be harmful. Physically, clutter has a kind of sticky energy feel and can attract more. If it's creating guilt and shame, clean it out. "When you start to create space, the universe will want to fill the vacuum and you'll get something much better." But if you're feeling OK about it, leave it. "Sometimes what seems like clutter to someone else isn't clutter to you."

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Clutter can sometimes represent blocked energy, so in that way it can be harmful. Physically, clutter has a kind of sticky energy feel and can attract more. If it's creating guilt and shame, clean it out. "When you start to create space, the universe will want to fill the vacuum and you'll get something much better." But if you're feeling OK about it, leave it. "Sometimes what seems like clutter to someone else isn't clutter to you."

12. Just don't go too minimal.

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When there are no objects, it means that there is no life there. It may feel cleaner at first, but if you try to fix and get rid of everything, you take the life out of your apartment. "It's as if no one really lives there," Cho warns.

13. Keep your stove clean because in feng shui, the stove represents your wealth and your career.

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In feng shui, the stove represents your wealth and your career, so it's really important to keep it clean all the time. You should also mix up which burners you're using. "Just like in life, it's not good to do the same thing over and over. If you decide to mix it up and try something new, then it opens up opportunities."

14. If you have some more time, paint your walls a color that will have a positive impact.

Paint your room something that works for you — green is healing, related to growth. Yellow can actually be kind of depressing, particularly in your bedroom, because it's harsh on the eyes. Blues, on the other hand, are more soothing: "We've evolved to naturally be more relaxed around nature's colors," Cho says. White, meanwhile, is good for the kitchen because it offsets food better than other colors.