The year 2015 is ending in two days, and Morning News USA has quick and easy tips to start 2016 perfectly. Getting lucky for next year is easier for most of us.
The key to starting 2016 is simple and basic: clean up your home. Declutter space. But it is important to start with the living room.
The most important room for 2016 is the living room, according to Susan Levitt. It is important to keep this part of the house bright and lively. She is an expert on tarot reading, astrology and Feng Shui. She lectures on Taoist astrology at East West Bookshop in Mountain View, California. She has lectured in the past at Stanford University and was interviewed by CNN about the future of the U.S. economy. She was awarded “Best Astrologer” by the San Francisco Weekly in 2002.
“Stop mess before it builds up. 2016 is the Fire Monkey year, it is time to take action,” Levitt wrote on her website. To achieve this, start cleaning at the front door, she advises. “Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the New Year,” she said.
Starting 2016 perfectly is as easy as washing, sweeping or vacuuming the front steps, porch, entry hall, and lobby, according to Levitt. “Whatever the entry is where you live, make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug to welcome the New Year,” she said. For paint, fire colors are recommended. Such colors include red and all shades of red and purple.
Carol Olmsted of Feng Shui for Real Life offers tips on the basic of arranging the living room. The sofa or the biggest chairs in the living room should be placed facing the main entrance but not directly across it, Olmsted said in a video. Wide-screen televisions are highly advised to be kept out of the living room, she said. But for those who must place their TV in the living room, it is recommended to play a DVD screensaver that shows a fireplace or a fish tank.
The most important tip in arranging the living room is to clear it from the clutter, Olmsted said. Homeowners should resist the urge to over-decorate this part of the house. Try removing two pieces of furniture to create a more spacious feel in the living room.
People have always heard of the word “clutter” in Feng Shui tips. As for what the word exactly means, Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi said clutter means the low, stagnant, blocked energy that drains energy from people and lowers their quality of life. In other words, “anything that you do not use, do not like, or do not have a place for in your home is clutter. Either use it, like it, find a place for it, or let it go. It’s that easy,” Tchi said.